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Gambling in two regional Victorian Aboriginal communities

Gambling in two regional Victorian Aboriginal communities



In this presentation, findings from two exploratory studies of gambling will be shared. The studies were initiated and conducted by Mallee District Aboriginal Services and Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Services, in collaboration with La Trobe University. 50 Aboriginal people in regional Victoria were interviewed to identify benefits and harms associated with gambling and what community members thought should be done in response. Using social practice theory, findings of the research will be presented and some of the interventions recommended by research participants will be outlined.


Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Time: 12.30–1.30 pm


Darlene Thomas, Mallee District Aboriginal Services & Sarah MacLean, La Trobe University

This is an online webinar. Please register and a URL to join the session will be shared closer to the event's date. 


Darlene Thomas, Mallee District Aboriginal Services
Darlene is the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program Coordinator at Mallee District Aboriginal Services. She has worked with the community for many years in different roles and has played a leading role in implementing the Family Wellbeing Program at MDAS. Darlene is well known for her weekly ‘Yarn about wellbeing’ vodcasts on Facebook.

Sarah MacLean, La Trobe University

Sarah MacLean is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University. She uses practice theory and other sociological frameworks to understand alcohol and other drug use and gambling. Sarah works collaboratively to identify health and social policy and responses that can be implemented by local communities and through policy.