Technology helps problem gamblers

TECHNOLOGY capable of curbing problem gambling across multiple sites has been rolled out in northern NSW by Clubs NSW.

The Northern Rivers Gambling Service said it was pleased with the action, which was rolled out on Tuesday and included training for club staff and local gambling counsellors.

With the click of a button gamblers will be able to ban themselves from any club, gambling areas of any club or areas of any club with poker machines.

NRGS team co-ordinator and counsellor John Kerr said the Australian Hotels Association already had a program in place allowing gamblers to sign a document banning themselves from as many venues as they wished.

"Clubs NSW have had the position that problem gamblers have had to ban themselves from individual clubs," Mr Kerr said.

"This hasn't been feasible because of the shame involved, and inherent time and effort."

He said the move by clubs to provide a "one-stop-shop" was welcome because "self-exclusion works well".

"Ours is one of the most prolific areas of self-exclusion," Mr Kerr said.

"Self-exclusion on its own is not recommended - it should be combined with counselling and other techniques we can assist with."


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