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The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has launched a new app to tackle gambling harm.
Funded by a $200,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government, the free Reset app offers people insight into why they gamble and provides strategies for tracking and managing gambling behaviours.
The interactive program was developed using research conducted by Deakin University and uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and motivational interviewing techniques to support people struggling with their gambling habits.
The app has been clinically tested to be used as an alternative to, or in combination with, traditional in-person counselling services.
Users can set their own goals and work through a range of interactive modules and activities at their own pace, covering challenges such as learning to cope with urges, avoiding unplanned gambling episodes and dealing with relapse as a normal part of the recovery process.
“We understand the importance of minimising gambling harm and ensuring all Victorians have access to the help they need – this app is another way we’re supporting people at risk of problematic gambling behaviour,” Gaming and Liquor Regulation Minister Melissa Horne said.
“The Reset app provides a great alternative to traditional counselling methods, removing barriers such as stigma that can prevent people from seeking help,” Melissa Horne added.
“The Reset app is an important addition to our suite of gambling harm treatment and support options and uses evidence-based best practice to mirror the experience of, or interventions used in, a counselling setting,” Shane Lucas, CEO of Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, said.