Innovative Research for Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm

The Ministry is required under the Gambling Act 2003 to consult on and develop an integrated strategy for preventing and minimising gambling harm. Section 317 of the Gambling Act requires that the strategy includes – quote: independent scientific research associated with gambling, including (for example) longitudinal research on the social and economic impacts of gambling, particularly the impacts on different cultural groups – unquote. In May 2016 the Ministry released the Cabinet approved Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2016/17 to 2018/19. The Strategy (page 45) includes a commitment to implement the following research objectives: 1. researcher-initiated funding rounds that prioritise innovative value-for-money research projects to prevent and minimise gambling harm; 2. research into a national programme for budgeting and financial literacy for Maori and Pacific problem gamblers; and 3. a national trial of an internet/smart-technology-based system for preventing and minimising gambling harm. The Ministry seeks to engage a Supplier/s who can develop, implement, and complete one or more high quality research project/s that addresses one or more of the three objectives described above. The projects must be led by independent, experienced, and well-qualified researchers, preferably with experience in gambling harm research or the mental health/addictions sector. The Ministry encourages projects that involve partnerships between researchers and gambling harm services. he Ministry has a strong commitment to addressing inequities in gambling harm for priority populations such as Asian,Maori, and Pacific peoples.

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