Bingo is an important part of many people’s lives, but what do we know about it?
Funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, La Trobe University has partnered with people from three communities to research bingo in Victoria: Gippsland East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative (GEGAC), the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) and COTA Victoria.
Join our symposium to hear what we found and give us your views. Your feedback will inform our research report and recommendations. Information from the research will assist gamblers’ support programs, community services and policy makers by bringing this often-overlooked form of gambling into sharper view.
Themes for discussion will include:
- Benefits of bingo
- Links between bingo and using electronic gaming machines
- Impacts of new technologies such as PETs on bingo players
- Connections between racism, sexism, ageism, poverty and bingo
- The role of community services in addressing harm experienced by bingo players
- Regulatory gaps
When: Monday, 2 December 2019, registration and coffee from 9.30, sessions from 10 am to 3.30
Where: the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Who: bingo players, practitioners from gamblers’ help, Indigenous, CALD and older people’s services, policy makers, researchers and all interested parties.
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This is a qualitative study of bingo in communities that are subject to disadvantage or discrimination: Aboriginal people in Gippsland and East Gippsland, Pacific Islanders in Sunraysia and older people on fixed incomes in Melbourne. The research entailed over 60 interviews with bingo players and other stakeholders, participant observation in East Gippsland, Sunraysia and Metropolitan Melbourne and feedback sessions with participants. The report will be available in 2020.
For more information, contact Kathleen Maltzahn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 9479 2177