News & events


Our Centre is a world leader in the treatment of gambling disorder

A publication in the prestigious peer reviewed journal Behaviour Research and Therapy, has demonstrated our Centre as a world leader in the treatment of gambling disorders.

Cognitive versus exposure therapy for problem gambling: Randomised controlled trial ’ DP Smith, MW. Battersby, PW Harvey, RG Pols, R Ladouceur; Behaviour Research and Therapy 69 (2015) 100-110’.

$1.5m grant awarded for research project

Professor Battersby has been a member of the International Think Tank on Gambling led by Prof Max Abbott of Auckland University of Technology since 2004, and chair of the working party on clinical trials.

In 2016, the trial group including Canadian researcher Professor David Hodson were successful in winning a $1.5M grant to conduct a 4-year randomised trial of the Flinders ‘urge’ based exposure and cognitive therapy program vs motivational interviewing in gambling help services across NZ.

Exposing the links between gambling and suicide

FHBHRU staff members Dr. Rene Pols and Dr. Conrad Newman were interviewed by SBS radio on gambling and suicide.

Suicide Report-Victoria

The 2013 Coroners Court of Victoria has released the report on Gambling Related Suicide. FHBHRU staff members Dr Rene Pols and Dr Conrad Newman were interviewed by SBS radio.

Congratulations for Problem Gambling and Family Violence paper

Congratulations to Peter Harvey and Tiffany Lavis on their recent publication: Problem gambling and family violence: family member reports of prevalence, family impacts and family coping which featured in the Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health.

Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform - Prevention and treatment of problem gambling

Transcript of the proceedings of Monday 14 May 2012. Please note that this is an uncorrected proof of evidence taken before the committee. It is made available under the condition that it is recognised as such.

National Conference of Emerging & New Researchers in Gambling (ENERGI)

Amii Larsen presented her masters thesis paper on young people and on-line gambling at the 2012 Annual Conference of Emerging and New Researchers In Gambling (ENERGI) which was held in Melbourne.

Anglicare-Flinders 'Research to Practice' seminar

March 2012 Research to practice seminar (PDF 95KB)

'Addressing the complex needs of problem gamblers' attracted record numbers and brought together lead researchers in this field together with an 'on the ground' perspective.

Peter Harvey appointed to the position of Director of the Flinders Centre for Gambling Research

Peter Harvey was recently appointed to the position of Director of the Flinders Centre for Gambling Research. His brief is to expand the research grant activity within the Centre, attract post graduate students to work at Flinders University and encourage national and international gambling research collaboration.

In addition to his work with the FCGR, Peter will also pursue his other research and teaching interests in chronic illness management and self-management and support the activities of the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit (FHBHRU).

Visiting expert Professor Robert Ladouceur

Visiting expert Professor Robert Ladouceur from Laval University in Quebec is visiting our Centre from October 17-19 to assist with the current RCT study and to plan a larger national study into the effects of different forms of treatment for disordered gambling.


FCGR has received competitive research grant funding from a range of sources including Gambling Research Australia, the Victorian Department of Justice and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

The Centre is currently working on:

  • RCT: a randomised controlled trial exploring the impact and efficacy of cognitive and behavioural approaches to treatment for problematic gambling
  • Inpatient review programme: a review of a specific 'in-patient' programme for treating gambling problems
  • Relapse and problem gambling: a longitudinal study of the service protocols and treatment outcomes of the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service in South Australia

Gambling Research Team win Flinders University Knowledge Exchange Grant with Relationships Australia SA

The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service is developing a peer-led self-management programme for recovering problem gamblers in an effort to reduce relapse to gambling following treatment.

This program is based on the Stanford University self-management programme for people with chronic and complex health conditions.

An initial training programme was run in May 2011 following our key consumers being trained to lead the program. We now seek to extend the reach of this programme and test its efficacy in collaboration with Relationships Australia and other gambling help service providers.

The KEG grant funds RASA and the FCGR to refine a peer education and support programme and to extend research and service provider collaboration in the Southern area of Adelaide.



Sue Bertossa Award

Aboriginal Award - Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services for those Most in Need or Most at Risk Winner: Sue Bertossa (pictured above)

The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service provides cognitive behavioural therapy to assist people to overcome their gambling addictions. An integral part of the program is the Aboriginal project component of the service, which was implemented in 2008.

Jane Oakes Award Sue has been central to the work of the service, conducting community based information sessions, which increased the number of Aboriginal people attending the service. Sue has also been involved in preparing and delivering training for other therapists to enable them to work more effectively with Aboriginal people.

2010 Nursing excellence award: Jane Oakes (pictured right)

At the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards on 7 May 2010, nurses and midwives were recognised for their excellence in practice and were acknowledged for the significant contribution that they make to their professions, their teams and the community through their practice.