Gambling awareness goes digital
The NSW Government has developed two world-first apps to help encourage responsible gambling and making it easier for people to access support.
Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson said problem gambling is a serious issue and the urge to gamble can take hold at any time of the day or night.
“The NSW Government has spent more than $400,000 developing the apps that will act as a circuit breaker to give people real-time support 24/7. It will also make it easier to access support services,” Mr Anderson said.
Professor Nicki Dowling from Deakin University led the development of the “GamblingLess: In-the-Moment" app. The online platform helps people who want to quit or gamble less by acting as a counsellor in their pocket. It was also designed by experienced gambling clinicians.
“The app provides interactive activities which are tailored to each person’s individual needs by helping them curb urges and tackle triggers,” Ms Dowling said.
Dr Simone Rodda from the University of Auckland, led the development of the “Gambling Habit Hacker”, which helps people who want to reduce the time and money they spend gambling.
“While an app will never be a substitute for a human professional, these online platforms are designed to help people manage their gambling behaviours in the moment. Accessibility is key where gambling triggers are concerned,” Dr Rodda said.
If you or someone you love is affected by gambling, call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 for free, confidential support.
Download the GamblingLess: In-The-Moment app (search for GL: In-The-Moment) or the Gambling Habit Hacker app (search for Gambling Habit Hacker), or learn more about the apps on our website.