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Reducing gambling harms means much more than simply asking people to gamble responsibly.

We approach the strategy in the same way as many other public health issues, which involves a wide range of organisations.

The public health approaches

The public health approach to reducing gambling harms has four stages:

  • what is the problem?
  • what are the risks and how to protect against them
  • test and trial different options for preventing and treating gambling harms
  • adopt good practice widely through regulation.

There are two strategic priorities:

  • prevention and education
  • treatment and support.

Image 1 - Interlocking bubbles show a relationship between factors in public health approach to reducing gambling harms

Actions to make progress under these priorities are set out through four enablers:

  • regulation and oversight
  • collaboration
  • evaluation
  • research to inform action.

Image 2 - Image shows the four strategic priorities in public health approach to reducing gambling harms. In a circle around this it shows the four enablers for delivering these priorities.

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