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Gambling harm awareness training for General Practitioners - September session Members login for free access About RACGP online events


Type: On-demand
Recorded: 29 Sep 2021


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Gambling harm awareness training for General Practitioners - September session

On-demand recorded 29 Sep 2021

People with gambling problems can experience harm because of gambling in different parts of their life which include financial, health, relationships, education and employment, social and psychological well-being. It is estimated every person who has a gambling problem will affect six people.

General Practitioners (GPs) play an important role in identifying people with gambling problems and can refer them to available resources. GPs are invited to attend this webinar to improve their awareness of gambling harm, so they are equipped to offer solutions to help those in need.

Although this webinar is applicable on a national scale to GPs, the content of this webinar will focus primarily on NSW resources and services available.

This webinar is proudly funded by the NSW Government.

This webinar will cover:

  • What is Gambling Harm?
  • Prevalence of Gambling and public health impact in Australia and NSW
  • Case studies and screening tool examples
  • Use of psychoeducation
  • Co-morbidities- psychological, physical, and social
  • Strategies for referral
We are running this webinar again on Tuesday 26 October. If you'd like to attend this live webinar click here.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain gambling harm and public health issues
  2. Identify co-morbid conditions and gambling problems
  3. Utilise a range of tools for screening for gambling in the general consultation
  4. Demonstrate strategies for providing psychoeducation to patients for reducing gambling harm
  5. Explain strategies for appropriately referring to gambling support services
This event attracts 3 CPD points

This event attracts 3 CPD points

This event is part of Gambling harm awareness training for General Practitioners. Events in this series are:


Dr Jenny James
MBBS, DCH, MPM, General Practitioner and GP trainer

Jenny has enjoyed working as a general practitioner for many years and works with the General Practice Drug and Alcohol Support Service at South West Sydney Local Health District. She previously worked at the Mt Druitt Aboriginal Medical Service for 23 years and coordinated the activities of the Substance Misuse Program within the Aboriginal Medical Service. She has a Masters in Psychological Medicine and has been a GP supervisor for many years. Her interests include doctor’s well-being and resilience, and program planning that integrates physical, mental and drug health care within primary health care settings. She loves talking with fellow GPs about all matters of addiction.


Dr Kate Fennessy
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Kate Fennessy works as a senior clinical psychologist at St Vincents Hospital, and is the manager and clinical lead of GambleAware South Eastern Sydney. The service is responsible for service delivery to people affected by gambling in the South Eastern Sydney LHD geographical region. Kate holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science from the University of Sydney. Kate has worked in public health settings for the last eight years, with a core value of equitable access to quality psychological treatment. Kate is also a conjoint lecturer at the School of Psychology, ACU.

Sophia Tran
Clinical Psychologist & Supervisor

Sophia Tran is a Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor at the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic (GTRC), University of Sydney. She holds an Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, both from the University of New South Wales. Sophia has in-depth experience providing individual and group treatment to problem gamblers, counselling services to family members of gamblers, and delivering presentations and workshops to health professionals and community organisations about problem gambling. She has also been involved in the development of an innovative cognitive-based treatment program for problem gambling.

Gamble Aware


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