Host responsibility for gambling venues in New Zealand: Guidelines report. Summary and Recommendations

Abstract

This Guidelines Report is one of two related reports produced from this project, undertaken to develop a framework for best practice host responsibility in gambling venues in New Zealand, which proceeded in two phases. The Guidelines Report was produced after completion of consultation undertaken in phase two of the project, while the Companion Report is a revised version of the phase one report. This project has focused on producing conceptual guidelines for developing best practice in gambling venues in New Zealand with aims for: 1) Developing shared understandings of the elements of best practice in host responsibility for gambling, and 2) assessing whether harms from gambling are prevented and/or minimised by particular systems, structures or behaviours in use at, or related to gambling venues in New Zealand. The conceptual analysis has resulted in development of a guidelines framework that is a necessary precursor to (and provides a robust basis for) deriving and evaluating future best practice host responsibility interventions for New Zealand gambling venues. The Project Team made the following key recommendations: • That (in accordance with the public health goals endorsed by the Ministry of Health) a broadbased, inclusive (Halifax) model of evidential sources be adopted for developing best practice interventions in host responsibility in venue-based gambling in New Zealand • That the three dimensional framework developed in this project be used for the ongoing development of best practice in host responsibility in New Zealand. The three key elements cover content, process and relationship dimensions. • That the typology of technology-based, human and environmental interventions be adopted as describing the medium of intervention for developing best practice interventions in host responsibility in venue-based gambling in New Zealand. • That the ongoing development of best practice in host responsibility in venue-based gambling in New Zealand focus on "stay and play" venues, and on the provision of EGM gambling as the particular form of continuous gambling provided at those venues likely to generate the highest risk of harm from problem gambling, as well as broader harms from gambling. • That those responsible for ongoing development of host responsibility best practice in venuebased gambling pay attention to comments about each of the detailed intervention (see Section 7) which have arisen during the consultation phase of this research. • That an independent best practice development group (IBPDG) is formed as a coordinating centre point of the relationship framework for advancing host responsibility. This group would require a governance board comprised of members representing each of the key relevant sectors. It would also require a small administrative group to coordinate projects and to manage the intervention database.

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