AMA call for gambling ‘independent regulators’ to assist in online protection
President of the Australia Medical Association Dr Steve Robson has called for gambling “independent regulators” to help reduce the advertisement of online gambling to protect children and adults.
“I think what we’ve seen is a huge change in the landscape of advertising around online gambling … there is an enormous chance for children to be exposed to information and opportunities for online gambling,” Mr Robson told Sky News Australia.
“We think that a way to deal with this is that an arms-length independent regulator can provide advice to the government about it, and can also help regulate research, it can help deal with educational programs.
“It’s important that we destigmatise gambling problems so that people are not embarrassed, they are not afraid to come forward to healthcare workers and others to disclose the fact that they are affected by online gambling.”