Help for Family and Friends
This guide is designed to help family and friends of someone affected by problem gambling. It provides support and information on where and how to seek help, what to look out for and ways to protect themselves and their families. If you are concerned about the gambling habits of a loved one and want to hear first-hand experiences of this difficult journey, then read on.
Research and Data
- The Australian Government, with the assistance of industry and the Queensland Government, conducted the first live trial of dynamic warning messages on electronic gaming machines. The trial tested a suite of messages in five venues across South‑East Queensland. To see the findings of the trial, please view the report; Trial of Dynamic Warning Messages on Electronic Gaming Machines.
- Productivity Commission 2010, Gambling, Report no. 50, Canberra.
- Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform inquiries.
- Gambling Research Australia’s digital library contains over 2,000 research reports about gambling and problem gambling in Australia and internationally.
For more information about problem gambling, including where you can get help in your state or territory, visit the relevant website below.
- Elizabeth talks about financial counselling
- Peter talks about the help he provides to problem gamblers.
- Julia tells how the pokies consumed her every thought.
- Gabriela Byrne talks about her frightening ‘affair’ with poker machines.
- Peter Byrne talks about how Gabriela’s addiction affected the entire family
“My family has forgiven me. I have forgiven myself. But nobody can give me the time back.” Gabriela Byrne, reformed gambler