Clubs NSW has launched a new problem gambling program in conjunction with the Salvation Army. Placing chaplains in gaming rooms, the organization hopes to encourage more problem gamblers to seek assistance, but some believe that the initiative is simply in place to mask Clubs’ actual motives.
Anthony Ball of Clubs NSW states that the program is aimed at getting problem gamblers to seek help for their addictions. The program is funded by the Salvation Army and chaplains from the organization will be available at gaming clubs to offer counselling and even provide home visits.
Senator Nick Xenophon is not convinced that the program has the public’s best interests at heart. He calls it a “crude attempt to align themselves with the charitable organisation to buy credibility”. Reverend Tim Costello has also called the program ‘deceptive’.
We anticipate that the program is unlikely to see much success. Any addiction victim is reluctant to admit that they have a problem, much less seek assistance for their problem. It seems that Clubs NSW will have to rethink its strategy if it wants to truly help problem gamblers in the area.