February 12, 2018
Pokie habit heightens poverty plight
Kaitaia GP Lance O’Sullivan says pokies and increasing poverty are now inextricably linked and must be tackled together.
The former New Zealander of the Year is presenting a keynote speech today to the International Gambling Conference in Auckland, highlighting the relationship between gambling and the day to day work of a GP in a community affected by diseases of poverty.
He sees a direct link between addiction to pokies and sick kids.
Dr O’Sullivan says the increase in problem gambling in recent years was the definition of a preventable epidemic.
The conference at AUT University will also hear from Maori public health organisation Hapai Te Hauora on its efforts to develop digital engagement tools to support communities to be free from gambling-related harm.
Hapai Te Hauora cultural advisor Rangi McLean will broadcast live from the conference on Radio Waatea’s Hapai Hour.
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