The teams of Gambler’s Help Southern and sister organisation, Gambler’s Help Gippsland, worked with The Alfred Hospital’s Waiora Clinic to educate mental health professionals on the realities of gambling-related harm, as both public and mental health issues.
The project was developed after research showed one-in-two patients presenting to mental health services who gamble, were experiencing gambling-related harm.
The statistic highlighted a significant opportunity for prevention, early identification and intervention for this at-risk group. The program aims to introduce a brief screening tool to routine clinical practice, increase referrals to Gambler’s Help services and investigate other opportunities to work with mental health professionals in the southern metro region.
Early identification of gambling harm will also help mental health professionals improve their clients’ recovery and wellbeing.
Health Services taking part in the trial include Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services, Alfred Psychiatry, Monash Health, Peninsula Health Psychiatric Services and Southern Synergy.
One-in-two patients presenting to mental health services who gamble, experience gambling-related harm.