Research into health promotion and best practice services for Indigenous communities

Abstract

The report for Indigenous communities contains findings and broad recommendations, which will be used to develop future directions for problem gambling service delivery and health promotion activities for Indigenous communities. In Victoria there are numerous mainstream initiatives and service delivery mechanisms to respond to problem gambling in the community. There are very few that specifically target Indigenous communities. There were three main objectives for this research project: • to examine approaches to health promotion and service delivery for CALD and Indigenous communities to explore best practice models • to review current approaches to problem gambling health promotion and service delivery targeting CALD and Indigenous communities and identified issues about best practice approaches • to provide broad recommendations for the development of new and existing problem gambling programs and services for CALD and Indigenous communities in Victoria. To meet these objectives, a range of research methodologies was applied. It included an extensive literature review, data analysis and a broad consultation strategy to ensure the inclusion of views from a wide range of key stakeholders and community members. Research with problem gamblers and family and friends of problem gamblers found playing poker machines was the most common form of gambling for these participants. Many participants were unsure of awareness levels among the general community, although all those who had used a service felt most Indigenous communities are aware of this service. Overall, the perception was that the current service environment is inadequate because of the limitations in initiatives specifically targeting Indigenous communities, although there were examples of models that were meeting the needs for some Indigenous communities.

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