Monday 22 December 2014
The NSW Government today released a powerful video of inspiring stories from Aboriginal people who have beaten their gambling addiction as part of an awareness program.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said the ‘Aboriginal Gambling: Our Stories’ video is part of the Government’s Warruwi awareness program launched in 2013 to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities across NSW to reduce the impact of problem gambling on individuals and their families.
"Authentic first-hand stories are the best way to get the message out that recovery from problem gambling is possible and there are people and services who can help.
"The individuals who share their experience include a former diplomat, a dad, a NSW Aboriginal Lands Councillor, and a grandmother, all of whom have experienced different aspects of problem gambling but have eventually triumphed," Mr Grant said.
Mr Grant said the Warruwi initiative and the associated video are part a $4.05 million three-year Gambling and Aboriginal People (GAAP) program, overseen by the Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund.
"The Warruwi initiative uses culturally-appropriate ways to empower Aboriginal communities and support individuals," Mr Grant said.
"At least 60 Aboriginal communities are being engaged over three years through events and workshops which identify local gambling issues and develop strategies with the assistance of community grants.
"The Warruwi program complements the services offered by our
52 free face-to-face Gambling Help counselling services across NSW," Mr Grant said.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello said the Warruwi initiative shows the NSW Government is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal communities.
"Only by working in genuine partnership with Aboriginal communities across NSW can we hope to achieve real change in reducing the impact of problem gambling," Mr Dominello said.
Former NRL rugby league star turned problem gambling counsellor Ashley Gordon, who introduces the video, said: "This video will assist problem gamblers in our communities to seek help, and enlighten everyone about the seriousness of problem gambling. The important thing to remember is it is possible to give up gambling."
Aboriginal problem gamblers can call 1800 752 948 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au