Understanding COVID-19 effects on the gambling environment
The COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria were long and strict and had a significant effect on the community. Locally, pokies venues and wagering outlets were shut for months, while elite sport was postponed globally, changing the way people gamble.
This event will explore:
gambling data trends during COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria during 2020
Victorian trends in comparison to other Australian jurisdictions, and overseas
stories of how people experiencing gambling harm coped with the lockdowns
how professionals working in gambling support, harm prevention and treatment services can use these findings to make a difference.
Dates and times
Date: 25 March 2021
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Location: This will be hosted over Zoom. Link will be provided upon registration.
Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and Manager, Australian Gambling Research Centre
Tony Phillips, Strategic Advisor, Knowledge and Policy, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Lindsay Shaw, Senior Policy and Knowledge Officer, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Linda Hayes, Senior Research Officer, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Dr Rebecca Jenkinson is also an Honorary Burnet Institute Fellow and an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University. Her current work aims to improve understanding of gambling participation and its related harms, and the intersections with alcohol and other drug use, via a mix of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Tony Phillips leads the Foundation’s intelligence gathering, analysis and policy advice function. Tony was previously the research manager at Victoria’s Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre in 2010. He previously taught public policy, political economy, and modern history, and has also worked in broadcasting, journalism and in parliamentary committees.
Lindsay Shaw undertakes the Foundation’s intelligence gathering, analysis and policy advice function. He has previously held roles at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation covering operational policies and performance.
Linda Hayes joined the Foundation’s Research & Evaluation Branch last year. Linda was formerly employed by Cancer Council Victoria as the Research and Evaluation manager for Quit. Previously she worked in research roles relating to child health and wellbeing within the Victorian health and education departments.