Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Mapping Where Pokies Hurt; SCU Researcher Hopes His Work Helps Policy Makers Limit Harm from Gambling

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Mapping Where Pokies Hurt; SCU Researcher Hopes His Work Helps Policy Makers Limit Harm from Gambling

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Byline: DOMINIC FEAIN Reporter

A NEW model to predict where poker machines would cause the most harm is being co-developed by a local researcher and should be available for widespread application next year.

Southern Cross University researcher Dr Martin Young, who presented his early results at a

forum in Lismore yesterday, said the model could map the likely incidence of harm for any given location.

aEarly results show we are pre- dicting the catchments, or trade areas, of poker machine venues extremely accurately; far more accurately than we were anticipating,a he said. aAnd we've accurately predicted the harm flowing from these locations.a

Dr Young, from SCU's Centre for Gambling Education and Research, is working in conjunction with Dr Bruce Doran from the Australian National University and said the model would enable policy makers to better regulate the industry.

aWe would like this modelling to be used as a social impact assessment tool as well as a regulatory tool to enable better decisions to be made about where poker machines get licensed, particularly in relation to vulnerable communities,a he said. …

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