The complex phenomenon of disordered gambling: emerging approaches to diagnosis and treatment in rural communities

Associate Professor Peter Harvey provides an overview of the phenomenological and methodological aspects of a treatment programme available for people who have serious gambling problems. A CBT based graded exposure therapy treatment programme is currently being provided for people with gambling problems through the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service (SGTS) in South Australia. Approaches to treatment are being tailored to suit consumers from a range of communities including CALD, Aboriginal and …

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What can health professionals do about social determinants of mental health?

Dr Matthew Fisher Public health research in developed countries consistently demonstrates that rates of the more common forms of mental health disorder increase as one moves down the scale of socioeconomic status, and are significantly higher among socially disadvantaged groups. This general pattern of outcomes is also present in Australia. In recent decades research has also shown higher rates of mental health problems to be positively associated with social or …

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