Public health

Primary prevention public health is concerned with keeping people healthy and improving the health of populations rather than with providing individualised care for people who are unwell. Problem gambling public health practitioners perform a variety of activities in the community to reduce gambling related harm.

Primary preventions and programmes can contribute to strengthening a community’s capacity and readiness to advocate for healthy social, physical, spiritual and cultural environments.

Public health activities include:

  • promoting healthy public policy
  • developing personal skills and promoting responsible gambling behaviour
  • increasing individual and community awareness and action
  • creating supportive environments
  • strengthening strategic alliances, skills and knowledge
  • monitoring, research and evaluation
  • reorienting services and programmes

The Ministry has contracts with providers to deliver all or some of the above service delivery components.

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