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


Type: On-demand
Recorded: 26 Oct 2021


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Gambling harm awareness training for General Practitioners - October session

On-demand recorded 26 Oct 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

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 Hester Wilson

Dr Hester Wilson is a GP, addiction specialist and Chair of the RACGP’s Specific Interests Addiction Medicine network. Hester has many years’ experience working with people with addiction issues in both general practice and specialist settings. She also works in a public Drug and Alcohol Service in South East Sydney Local Health District. She is a Conjoint Lecturer and PhD candidate, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, NSW.


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.



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