Free workshops to help Wide Bay health providers screen for problem gambling

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Lives Lived Well is partnering with Bridges Health and Community Care to deliver free Screening for Problem Gambling Workshops in the Wide Bay – Burnett region. Workshops will be held in Hervey Bay at 10am on Weds 21 March, in Maryborough at 2pm on Weds 21 March, and in Bundaberg at 1:30pm on Thursday 22 March.

Why screen for problem gambling?

According to Lives Lived Well, research shows that of those people with a gambling problem, 58% will also have a problem with drinking or drugs; while 38% will have a mental health condition In addition, of those undergoing substance misuse treatment, 20-30% will have gambling problems. People need support for each problem if they are to make a full recovery and prevent relapse.

If you are a counsellor, clinician or GP working with people who have problematic substance use, a mental health condition or a problem with both, it’s possible there will be underlying issues with problem gambling.

The 90 minute workshop will be delivered by Lives Lived Well’s Clinical Services Manager, Gerard Moloney. It will cover:

  • characteristics of problem gambling and the relationship with mental health;
  • the use of the Problem Gambling Severity Index;
  • brief interventions and practice-based strategies to support patients.

If you are interested in this topic but unable to attend, Lives Lived Well also offers free online training for service providers. Find our more by emailing

You can download the workshop flyers online via the following links: