‘Is your gambling risky or responsible?’ is the central theme of this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May- 1 June), launched at the Hamilton Hotel.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the annual event was a valuable opportunity for industry and community groups to work together to help reduce problem gambling through education and awareness.
“It’s well known Australians love to gamble, but some of us can get in over our heads,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Like any addiction, gambling can cause irreparable damage to families and individuals, so it’s vital we provide as much support as possible to anyone who feels they may be at risk.
“This year, the Queensland Government has invested more than $5 million towards face-to-face, telephone, online and residential problem gambling treatment services, to ensure confidential help is available to those who need it most.
“It’s an important part of our election promise to revitalise frontline services.”
Mr Bleijie said the annual event would also host the launch of phase two of the Queensland Government’s ‘Gambling too much?’ campaign, to be featured in gaming venues across the State.
“This about encouraging people to seek counselling assistance, explore self-help options and develop the skills to remove themselves from tempting situations,” he said.
“We’re also fortunate to be joined by former AFL star and reformed gambler David Schwartz who has used his own battle with addiction to provide reassurance to other problem gamblers that help is out there.
“I encourage all Queenslanders to take advantage of the range of events available over the coming week and take that important first step for themselves or a loved one who may be risking too much.”
To check your gambling, or for information on RGAW events, contact the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.
The Brisbane contact for Relationships Australia Gambling Help Services is 07 3423 6955.