Warruwi help identify Aboriginal Safe Gambling Ambassadors in each community.
The objectives of the Warruwi Gambling Help Program included identifying in each community a person who with adequate training and support could:
Raise community awareness about Aboriginal gambling and its impacts on families and the community
Provide ownership in the community of any gambling issues and the direction to address them – becoming the key contact in the community
Improving the referral process for Aboriginal people accessing gambling counselling services, working with service providers and Gambling Help services
Raising gambling as an issue with local support groups ie, Aboriginal Men and Women’s Groups
Provide quality role modelling and leadership in relation to gambling matters
Community Engagement focuses on building genuine relationships with each community and encourages communication among key organisations and individuals about problem gambling.
Service providers and key targets for community engagement activities include:
Aboriginal Services Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS); Aboriginal Cooperatives, Aboriginal Support Groups, Aboriginal financial counsellors; Aboriginal legal services, local Aboriginal Lands Council, the local Men’s’ and Women Group Coordinators, Justice Group Coordinators; Drug and Alcohol Services, Aboriginal Resource Centres, Rehabilitation Facilities, financial counselling and support agencies; family and social workers;
Gambling Help Services Gambling Counselling Services, Financial Counselling Services, Social Workers
Government Departments Indigenous Coordination Centres, Area Health Services, City Council, Office of Fair Trading, Centrelink, Department of Housing, Department of Community Services, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; Hospitals, Correctional and Parole Services, Family Workers, Mental Health Workers
Community Groups Traditional Owners, Aboriginal Elders, cultural groups, art groups, sporting clubs, community members
Not-for-profit and welfare organisations Community Health Centres, Neighbourhood Centres, Salvation Army, Welfare Services