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Convergence of gaming and gambling in treatment services

12 months
Approved budget:
Dr Simone Rodda
Health issue:
Addiction (alcohol/drugs/gambling/smoking)
Proposal type:
Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is now recognised by the World Health Organization as a source of harm especially among young people. In New Zealand, we know almost nothing of the extent of IGD harm and there are no accessible treatment options. This research activation activity will be the first study to examine whether it is realistic and acceptable to screen and treat IGD in gambling treatment services. Working with sector collaborators PGF Services and the Salvation Army, the study will survey gambling providers to determine current IGD case loads, screening and assessment practices as well as treatment approaches. Additional in-depth interviews will identify pockets of best practice that can be further enhanced. The work is expected to inform downstream activities including the identification of training and resource needs as well as a determination of the appropriateness of locating IGD treatment within problem gambling treatment services.