Gambling is a common recreational activity in the Northern Territory (NT) with over 70% of the adult population participating in some form of gambling over a 12 month period. For most gamblers it is an enjoyable recreational activity that provides them with a chance to win money and socialise. However, for others, particularly those who gamble weekly or more on continuous forms of gambling such as electronic gambling machines or pokies, it can lead to considerable harms for themselves and people close to them.

In addition to commercial forms of gambling, private card gambling (another form of continuous gambling) is a common activity in most Indigenous communities across the NT. Harms associated with card gambling are less documented though recent evidence suggests that children in houses where gambling is reported as a problem suffer from higher levels of scabies and ear infections.

Our research focus:
  • To reduce harms associated with commercial and non-commercial forms of gambling in the Northern Territory (NT). We focus on policy relevant research across primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and treatments. Project are spread across a broad range of areas including gambling in Indigenous communities, screening for gambling problems in NGO and service providers, monitoring EGM revenues in Northern Territory venues, and providing reliable estimates of gambling participation and problem gambling through population level surveys. 
Our research impact:
  • Our gambling research program provides a solid evidence-base for developing effective gambling-related policy in the NT. The program will ensure consistent surveillance of gambling-related indicators and contribute to improved clinical treatment of problem gamblers through better screening processes across service different providers. The research will ensure there is an evidence base that government and NGOs can access to ensure policy and programs remain up to date in this changing policy and program space.

     

Key staff:
  1. Stevens, M., & Paradies, Y. (2014). Changes in exposure to ‘life stressors’ in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2002 to 2008. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 144.
  2. Stevens, M., & Golebiowska, K. (2013). Gambling problems amongst the CALD population of Australia: Hidden, visible or not a problem? . Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 3, 1-20. 
  3. Stevens, M., & Bailie, R. (2012). Gambling, housing conditions, community contexts and child health in remote Indigenous communities in Australia BMC Public Health, 12, 377.
  4. Stevens, M., & Bailie, R. (2012). Gambling, housing conditions, community contexts and child health in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, Australia. BMC Public Health, 12, 377. 
  5. Stevens, M., & Young, M. (2010). Independent correlates of reported gambling problems amongst Indigenous Australians. Social Indicators Research, 98(1), 147-166. 
  6. Stevens, M., & Young, M. (2010). Who plays what? Player preferences in chance and skill-based games. Journal of Gambling Studies, 26(1), 89-103.
  7. Stevens, M., & Young, M. (2009). Betting on the evidence: Reported gambling problems amongst the Indigenous population of the Northern Territory. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33(6), 556-565.
  8. Stevens, M., & Young, M. (2008). Gambling screens and problem gambling estimates: A parallel psychometric assessment of the SOGS and the CPGI. Gambling Research, 20(1), 13-36.
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  1. Health survey of male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the NT

    Health survey of male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the NT

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    The Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Gambling (AODG) Unit at Menzies School of Health Research is leading a research project relating to Health Literacy Among Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Males in the NT.

  2. Gambling survey will measure gambling patterns and harms in the NT

    Gambling survey will measure gambling patterns and harms in the NT

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    Menzies and Roy Morgan Research will conduct a survey on behalf of the NT Government to research patterns of gambling, problem gambling risk, harms from gambling and the health and wellbeing of Territorians.

  3. Gambling study examines 'incredibly social' card games played in Indigenous communities

    Gambling study examines 'incredibly social' card games played in Indigenous communities

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    ANU's Centre for Gambling is leading the three-year project, which has made its initial findings, in partnership with Amity Community Services and the Menzies School of Health Research.

  4. NT Gambling Project - The Tiwi News | Issue #35

    NT Gambling Project - The Tiwi News | Issue #35

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    The NT Gambling Project has satrted in Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands.

  5. NT Government - Gambling Prevalence Survey Released

    NT Government - Gambling Prevalence Survey Released

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    A study from the Menzies School of Health Research, released by the Territory Government, shows gambling participation declined significantly.

  6. NT News editorial on Menzies gambling report

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    NT Government release Menzies report into gambling rates

  7. Researcher brings Indigenous gambling and smoking into focus with funding boost

    Researcher brings Indigenous gambling and smoking into focus with funding boost

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    The hundreds of communities nationwide that suffer the detrimental social and health effects of gambling and smoking will benefit from new research out of Menzies.

  8. Gambling causing harm to Indigenous children's health

    Gambling causing harm to Indigenous children's health

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    A study by the Menzies School of Health Research has confirmed that gambling problems in remote Indigenous communities are associated with poorer health outcomes for children.