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WA focuses on recognising responsible gambling

9 October 2015

A week dedicated to promoting responsible gambling practices across the nation will take place next week from 12 to 18 October with Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

In Western Australia the key theme will be ‘Gamble Aware – When does the fun stop for you?’ and emphasises that when it comes to gambling, balance and control is the key to making sure it remains an enjoyable pastime, not a problem.

Director of Centrecare Tony Pietropiccolo said Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is dedicated to promoting responsible gambling practices and informing the community of the support services available.

“For a large number of people, gambling is an enjoyable experience but for some it adversely affects many areas of their life including their family and friends. This initiative brings together a diverse group of organisations to promote a consistent message across the community,” he said.

“Any individual experiencing a difficulty is encouraged to seek help to minimise gambling related harm.”

Support includes Centrecare’s gambling help counselling services in WA, Gambling Help Online and the Gamble Aware website.

“Getting behind this initiative is  just one of many ways that government and industry can work together to address important issues such as problem gambling.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is a collaborative partnership between the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia, Crown Perth, Lotterywest, TAB, Centrecare and Medibank.

Throughout the week the key theme 'Gamble Aware – When does the fun stop for you?’ will promote responsible gambling practices at Crown Casino, in Lotterywest retail stores and TAB outlets.

More information on the week can be found at gambleaware.com.au

The website provides people with the opportunity to complete an anonymous questionnaire to identify if gambling has become a problem for them, or a member of their family, and where they can seek help.

Support services are also available by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or visiting gamblinghelponline.org.au

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