Training and Community Education
What we offer to Service Providers
Problem gambling has only more recently becoming recognised as a social and health issue in our society. Accordingly, very few service providers exist which are able to adequately respond to individuals presenting with problems around gambling. Amity has been working with people to make changes around problematic habits and behaviour for over 30 years and recognised similarities between the development of problem gambling and other problematic behaviour. We applied the same principles and began working with individuals in the area of problem gambling approximately ten years ago. Through the Gambling Harm Minimisation & Education Program, Amity provides information and education on working with people experiencing problems with theirs’ or someone else’s gambling to a range of agencies including qualified counsellors, Aboriginal health workers, financial counsellors, case management workers, educators and medical practitioners.
What does Training look like?
The training for other agencies includes how to work with a Motivation Interviewing approach to build individuals and community groups motivation for change. We look at how humans make changes and how to facilitate the change process. We talk about how to build self-efficacy for making change using a Strengths based approach. Training includes the utilisation of Cognitive and Behavioural techniques and practical tools for building problem solving skills.
General Practitioners (GP)
GP’s can be a first intervention point for individuals and family members experiencing difficulties from gambling behaviour. A GP Booklet was developed to provide information and resources to help Medical Practitioners identify and respond to patients with gambling problems. A Gambling Quiz (self assessment tool) was also developed and comes as an attachment to the GP Booklet. GP booklets were distributed widely throughout the NT to Medical Clinics.
Training sessions around enhancing GP’s knowledge about gambling and brief intervention responses to patients presenting with gambling issues have been delivered in Alice Springs & Darwin in the past. These sessions are available on request.
To order copies of the GP Booklet, see our Resources
Urban Indigenous Data Collection Project
By working collaboratively in collecting information around urban indigenous people in Darwin, gambling behaviour, and service access the project aims to establish empirical evidence that demonstrates links between gambling, problem gambling, and a range of health and social issues.
The data collected will be employed to analyse trends in service access, support funding applications, and to provide evidence around the prevalence of gambling related harms experienced by urban indigenous people in the greater Darwin region.
We thank you for your valued time and contribution to the data collection project.