Forum on Gambling

The NSW Population Health Study of 2007 found that over 10% of Australian population experience a gambling problem in the family. A number of studies also indicate that problem gambling rates are higher in culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) as compared with the mainstream population.

To increase the Australian-Turkish community’s awareness on this daunting matter, the Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW organised a forum on Problem Gambling on 01 March 2015.

Along with NSW Government and other community organisations, the Australian Relief Organisation was a co-host to this important forum. Other co hosts were Salvation Army, Australian Turkish Welfare Agency, Marrickville Health Centre, Redfern Mosque and Auburn Diversity Services HACC. There was an audience of 60 people at the program. 

The forum considered of four speakers. Nurcan Kiyak; a Bilingual Counsellor explained what gambling is, how it has an effect on the individual, family and friends. Abdurrahman Sahin; a religious leader, talked about the religious aspect of gambling. Kayhan Oncu; a solicitor, expressed the legal effects of gambling. Elizabeth Sejin Lee talked about how a financial counsellor can help a patient handle his/her debts.

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