Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

05 September 2018

SouthSeas Healthcare staff among other Pacific providers attending the Auckland preventing and minimising gambling harm consultation hui

SouthSeas Healthcare staff were among other Pacific providers attending the consultation hui held recently in Auckland to discuss a new strategy for preventing and minimising gambling harm.

This is following the Ministry of Health releasing its draft strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm for 2019/20 to 2021/22 and on the draft levy rates.

The consultation document also refers to the needs assessment required by the Act, which looks at facts and figures relating to gambling harm in New Zealand.

A recent Auckland University of Technology study reveals that Pacific mothers who gamble are putting their children at risk of becoming part of a generation of addicts.

The study also links to risk factors for gambling participation among mothers, including alcohol consumption, being a victim or perpetrator of verbal aggression, and increased deprivation of gambling levels.

During the consultation period, general consultation meetings were held in various part of the country, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Pacific, Māori and Asian viewpoints meetings were held in Auckland and a meeting was held in Wellington for the gambling industry.

At the close of the consultation period, the Ministry of Health is open to written submissions representing a range of groups and individuals, up until 21 September.

SouthSeas Healthcare runs the Pasifika Ola Lelei Service, which aims to empower positive change within family and community by addressing social influences that cause addictive behaviours such as gambling misuse amongst Pacific communities.

Staff attending the consultation will keep a close eye on the strategy.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for implementing and developing the strategy at three-yearly intervals.

Click here for more information and to access a copy of the consultation document.

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