Our State - South Australia

19/06/2023 - Here for the Game - Department of Human Services

June 21, 2023 DPC Communications Season 2023 Episode 239
Our State - South Australia
19/06/2023 - Here for the Game - Department of Human Services
Show Notes

Sports betting is growing in popularity in South Australia. In 2018, 7% of all South Australian adults (just under 96,000 people) reported having participated in sports betting in the previous 12 months, compared to 4% in 2005.  Between 2004-05 and 2018-19, the amount lost on sports betting in South Australia increased 317%, from $1.98 million to $8.25 million. Concerningly, in South Australia 32% of sports bettors gamble at risky levels compared to 27% of poker machine players and 12% of gamblers generally. 

In this segment, we hear from Rory Spreckley, Manager, Office for Problem Gambling, who has worked in the SA Government for a number of years and has a background in assisting disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. Professor Michael Baigent, Head of Flinders Psychological Therapy Services, which includes the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service, the Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders and IAPT at Flinders Medical Centre.