Introducing AUT Gambling and Addictions Research Centre

Introducing AUT Gambling and Addictions Research Centre This month we caught up with Maria Bellinger and Katie Palmer du Preez, from AUT Gambling and Addiction Research Centre (GARC), to connect and talk about their current mahi. Ko wai au? No hea koe? Maria: Dr Maria Bellringer, born in England and migrated to Aotearoa at the end of 2001. I started off living in the beautiful Hibiscus Coast and never left. Katie: Dr Katie: Palmer du Preez, originally from Taupō, now living on Auckland’s North Shore. What is your role within the Problem Gambling space? Maria: I’m the Acting Director of the...

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Change to National Exclusion Process

Introduction The Ministry of Health has contracted Torutek Limited to supply an electronic database software product, CONCERN, to assist the gambling sector with the management of gambler venue exclusion (including multi-venue exclusion) processes, as defined by the Gambling Act 2003. CONCERN is a cloud-based database with a web portal that will enable all interested parties to electronically manage the exclusion process from a common source of data more promptly. A comprehensive electronic database presents an excellent opportunity to streamline the exclusion process as well as improve the...

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Asian Family Services | during covid19 lockdown, what we learned and heard from the Asian communities

Asian Family Services is the biggest Asian mental health and addiction NGO agency in the country, and this reflects how little resources we have as a community. In the lockdown, many of AFS’s health promoters and counsellors have provided extra support for their communities, including translating COVID-19 information due to the panic reaction posted through social media from the communities. This was due to the lack of available language-specific information about the lockdown and the risk of COVID-19. To support the communities meant that many of AFS’s staff worked longer hours and harder to...

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The Prevention and Minimisation of Gambling Harm Waikato Pilot Project

In 2018, the Ministry of Health and PMGH providers within the Waikato region got together to discuss options for how providers might enhance the collective approaches they hold as a sector and bring more visibility to the kaupapa within communities and throughout the wider mental health and addictions sector. This eventually became known as the Waikato PMGH Pilot Project. In 2019, 2 new providers had been selected to deliver the PMGH contracts in Waikato. These were K’aute Pasifika and Te Kohao Health. These providers are Whānau Ora providers and offered an opportunity to both explore ways to...

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