RGAW is an important health promotion week for Amity and this year the campaign launched was Gambling? Is it worth the risk? The campaign focused on three ‘calls to action’ – ’spend time connecting with what matters most’, ‘reach out’ and ’step out of the game’. They have been designed to have people thinking about their gambling behaviour and things that matter most.
Every year, Amity works to deliver a campaign to raise awareness of harms relating to gambling. People can experience harms from gambling in a similar way to harms experienced from alcohol and other drugs like financial, health and relationship worries. This campaign encourages people in the community to become aware, have conversations and adopt strategies that may improve people’s health and wellbeing. Amity facilitates this national campaign in the Territory.
The campaign launched on Monday 5 October 2020 hosted by the Mindil Beach Casino Resort and opened by The Hon. Minister Natasha Fyles – Minister for Health, Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing Minister for Alcohol Policy, Minister for Major Events, Minister for National Resilience & Leader of Government Business. Other speakers included Nicola Coalter, CEO of Amity Community Services Inc and Alex Bruce, CEO of Hospitality NT.
Following the launch, there was a Zoom Poolside Chat with Leading International Gambling Expert Janine Robinson and the Zoom Presentation by Professor Matthew Browne on Gambling Harm. Health promotion resources were delivered widely across the Territory to gambling venues and health and social services.
As we wrapped up this year’s campaign, we look forward to planning next years campaign with a renewed focus and improved process so watch this space!