Gambling Harm Awareness 2020

Gambling Harm Awareness 2020 runs from Monday 26 October to Sunday 29 November.
The rise of smartphone gambling apps and online gaming are game changers. Relationships Australia South Australia is focusing its Gambling Harm Awareness 2020 efforts on how to reduce online gambling harm.
The series of events called ‘Step Up and Reach Out’ is tailored to meet the needs of young people, parents, teachers, other professionals and multicultural communities. Recorded webinars & related resources developed during the Gambling Harm Awareness 2020 will be available on this website for future use.
If you’re finding it hard to manage your gambling or gaming Relationships Australia South Australia is here to support you. Contact us here.


The Unspoken Rush

Event Date: 19 November, 1.00 pm

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An un-scripted exploration of a current topic that has parents worried and their kids hooked. 

We get the camera rolling and meet with a group of young people from True North Theatre CompanyTogether, we enquire about what gambling and gaming mean for this generation of consumers, explore connections between the two topic areas, and un-pack both topics from a broad and non-judgmental perspective with an opportunity for Q&A discussion. 

Are you a young person? Do you care for or support youth? Join us for this free informative webinar on Thursday 19th November at 1pm to hear what these young people had to say.  

You will also have an opportunity to join in the conversations and ask questions. 

The webinar will be hosted by sector professionals from Relationships Australia South Australia. 

Presenters & Panel Members: 

Katie Stevens | Practitioner, Gambling Help Service, Relationships Australia South Australia 

As the newest counsellor in the Gambling Help Service at Relationships Australia, I offer therapeutic support, from a holistic framework, for individuals who identify as being ready to address their gambling concerns. My background is in community mental health, homelessness and alcohol and other drugs (AOD). 

In my spare time I am a lover of all fur creatures, love traveling overseas (when possible) and on the odd occasion have a tendency to throw myself out of a plane.  

Billy Kriaris |  Senior Practitioner, Gambling Help Service, Relationships Australia South Australia 

I am a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Community Engagement Coordinator working with Relationships Australia South Australia. In this role, I help lead the Gambling Help Services’ projects, networking pathways and engagement events within the community, in addition to providing support to numerous individuals, couples and families who have been harmed by gambling. 

Outside of this role, I am a passionate musician, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu apprentice, enjoy gardening, cooking, food (did I mention food!?), and climbing boulders. 

 James Brenner | Support Officer ICT Infrastructure 

I am an IT specialist supporting over 350 Relationships Australia South Australia staff in their pursuit to support individuals, couples, families, children, young people, schools and communities. 

Outside of my professional role, I am an avid gamer who has been playing a wide range of games across various platforms for over two decades and advocate of the positive aspects and benefits of being a gamer. The main genres of gaming I specialise in include platformers, fighters, adventure, RPG’s and MMO’s

This webinar is for young people, youth carers and support workers.

Bianca Levins | Peer Support Worker, Lived Experience In Gambling Program, Relationships Australia South Australia

I am a Peer Support Worker with a lived experience of Gambling Harm. I draw upon my journey through recovery to support, empower and motivate others impacted and whom are seeking to create change in their lives. My passion to influence policy and shift how our community responds to those affected by Gambling Harm drives my work and continues to inspire me. My ultimate goal is for our community to understand, embrace and promote the power of lived experience and for everyone to know that its possibilities, in the help service arena, are limitless.

Outside of my professional role, I am a mother to two children and, whilst they are both into sports and family time is mainly spent outdoors, many of their peers are into online gaming. I recognise the potential harms that gaming, similarly to gambling, can cause young people and parents and, for this reason, chose to take a proactive approach to maintaining a dynamic that supports gaming as a connecting activity which the entire family can enjoy. Essentially, I play games with my kids to stay informed, to create an open dialogue around it and so that I know what they’re on about when they start talking about ‘skins’ and ‘loot boxes’!

Understanding Gaming: Through the Eyes of Young People

Event Date: 20 November, 1.00 pm

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Do you worry that gaming is taking over your child’s life?
Is gaming coming in the way of your relationship with your child?
Learn about the benefits and risks of gaming and how to best support children who are affected by gambling. The webinar will start with a short video about the real experiences of a parent and child, followed by a panel discussion.

Panel members are:

Cameron Dodds
I am the founder of E.M.P Pathways which is a grass root mentorship service for young people who enjoy music and e-gaming. E.M.P. pathways support clients to use their passions as a solid foundation for personal, social and professional growth. I am very familiar with the gaming world its benefits and challenges as I am a gamer myself and also have a seven year old son who is struggling with gaming. Music is my biggest passion until I started working with young people; the journey I share with young people in exploring and working towards what brings them joy is what I now enjoy doing the most.

Dr. Matthew Doherty
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. My academic background is in nursing, psychology and psychotherapy. I am currently involved in Jungian supervision and analysis. Over the last 18 years, I have had the privilege of working with young people in a variety of psychotherapeutic settings. These settings have included community mental health, homelessness, child sexual abuse, sexual health and acute inpatient hospital care.

I am currently involved in teaching and supervising medical students during their child and adolescent psychiatry internship and students in the graduate program of counselling and psychotherapy. I am the slightly crazed father of four amazing children, play the bagpipes for an Irish pipe band and I have a penchant for any form of cake that contains custard and or cream!

Monya Gangemi | Counsellor, Gambling Help Service, Relationships Australia South Australia
I am a psychotherapist, who works for the Gambling Help Service at Relationships Australia in Adelaide. I have specialist training in addiction, trauma-informed practice, and perinatal mental health, which I bring to my work in supporting families affected by gambling.

This webinar is for parents and community members.

Gaming, Gambling – What’s the Difference?

Event Date: 24 November, 4.00 pm

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There are similarities between gaming and gambling and how they impact young minds. Learn the common factors put children at risk and how this may differ from adults. Examine ways to understand and better support young people gamers.

Webinar presenters are:
Dr Huu Kim Le – an Adelaide based Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist specialising in gaming disorder or video game addiction.
Ryan Carr is a senior counsellor at Relationships Australia South Australia. He works with both the Gambling Help Service and Family Relationship Teams.

This webinar is for all professionals that work with children and young people in a professional capacity, including:
• Teachers and child educators,
• School counsellors
• Psychologists
• Social workers

LEIGH – Consumer Voice Film Launch

Event Date: 27 November, 1.00 pm

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Watch the online launch of the film “LEIGH” (Lived Experience in Gambling Harm). It captures the experience of living with gambling harm and the growing issue of mobile and online gambling. Importantly, “LEIGH” exposes the inter-generational nature of sports betting and the secrecy, isolation and despair gambling harm causes.

“LEIGH” is directed by Consumer Voice Coordinator, L’hibou Hornung. The film is informed by the collective experiences of people who have overcome gambling harm. While co-creating “LEIGH”, the production team connected with their own lived experiences of adversity, empathised with the film’s consumer voice stories, and deepened their engagement with the work.

This online film launch is for anyone under 25, high school students, filmmakers, and emerging artists.

Step Up and Reach Out by PEACE Multicultural Services

Event Dates & Registration:

Friday, 6 November | 6.00pm – 7.00pm |
Ethiopian and Somali
Thursday, 12 November | 6.30pm – 7.30pm |
Friday 13 November 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm |
Sunday, 15 November | 2.00pm – 3.00pm |
English and Persian
Wednesday, 18 November | 9.30am – 11.30am |
Wednesday, 18 November | 6.00pm – 8.00pm |
Thursday, 19 November | 7.00pm – 9.00pm |
Friday, 20 November | 6.00pm – 7.00pm |
English and Spanish
Saturday, 21 November | 1.00pm – 4.00pm |
Sunday, 22 November | 4.00pm – 5.00pm |

Healthy relationships depend on many factors. Physical health, mental health and financial stability are some of them. In these live streamed events we will be discussing different aspects of healthy relationships and family wellbeing, while maintaining a holistic approach.

Short Course

Orientation to the South Australian Gambling Sector

About the Program

The aim of Orientation to the South Australian Gambling Sector is to provide an introduction for new entrants to this sector, or workers in other sectors seeking to learn more about this issue.

This is a FREE and easily accessible online learning program funded by the Office for Problem Gambling and hosted on the Australian Institute of Social Relations learning management system. This program will be updated each year to ensure the currency of the information provided.

Learners will gain knowledge about:

  • Gambling and “problem” gambling in Australia and South Australia
  • Impacts of gambling harm to individuals and families,
  • Key stakeholders and their roles
  • Recognising gambling-related harm and the importance of screening
  • Responding to people experiencing problems in venues and services
  • Recovering from gambling harm

Who can participate?

No pre-knowledge or work experience in the gambling sector is required.

The program has been specifically designed for those entering or working in any facet of the Gambling Sector as well as workers in other sectors seeking to understand more about gambling problems in order to identify clients affected by these issues in their services. However, this introductory program is accessible to anyone with an interest in the area of Gambling and problem gambling.

Program Format

It contains films of professional commentaries by industry stakeholders, and in-venue scenario tracking the escalation of gambling activity, with observable indicators of possible problematic behaviour, and lived experience stories.

The program is organised into three modules, each with clear learning outcomes and specific topics. It is interactive involving audio slides, videos, and quizzes.

The program has approximately four hours of material. While it is intended to be viewed in sequence, you can move around it as you choose.  As an online program, you can work through the topics at your own pace.


This program is FREE.

Program at a glance

  • Start at any time and work at your own pace
  • 3 Modules; 8 topics
  • English
  • English captions
  • Certificate of completion upon completing the course

Accessibility Information

If you do not find the delivery of this online learning accessible, please contact us at to discuss alternatives.


  • Module 1: An Overview of Gambling and Gambling Harm
  • Module 2: Understanding Gambling Harm and its Impacts
  • Module 3: Recognising and Responding to People Experiencing Gambling-related Harm

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