Researcher/Provider Initiated Research 2009/10

The Ministry manages a small budget available each year to fund researcher/provider initiated research projects selected through a competitive process. In 2009/10, two projects were identified for funding:

  • Project 1: Investigation of processes to assist the early identification of casino potential problem gamblers
  • Project 2: Review of the delivery of problem gambling services to prison inmates

Project 1: Investigation of processes to assist the early identification of casino potential problem gamblers

Research Organisation: Auckland University of Technology 
Primary contact: Rebecca Coombes

Contract Value: $103,500 (excl GST)
Contract Start date: 15 November 2009
Contract End date: 29 October 2011

Summary of project/aims

The aim of the proposed project will be to begin the development of a set of major indicators that may improve the early identification of potential problem gambling behaviour for casino gamblers. It is anticipated that these indicators could be built upon in subsequent research projects and could also be tailored for gambling in other venues such as pubs and clubs.

The project involves a mixed methodology including a literature review of available data, desk top analyses of existing information contained within casino host responsibility log and patron loyalty card databases, a survey of casino staff involved in making host responsibility log entries, as well as a survey of past and current regular gamblers (to discover indicators that may not be immediately obvious to casino staff), and assessment of current gambling risk status using the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) to ascertain the effectiveness of the developed indicators for early identification of potential problem gambling.


Project 2: Review of the delivery of problem gambling services to prison inmates

Research Organisation: University of Auckland
Primary contact: Dr Brian MKenna

Contract Value: $40,000 (excl GST)
Contract Start date: 20 April 2010
Contract End date: 20 December 2010

Summary of project/aims

Research indicates that there exists high prevalence rates of problem gambling behaviour among prisoners in New Zealand regardless of gender (Sullivan, Brown and Skinner,2002; Abbot and McKenna, 2005: Abbot, McKenna and Giles; 2005).

The purpose of this study is to understand what problem gambling interventions are currently in place in prisons throughout the country. The project will seek to identify the types of interventions in place; how these interventions were developed; and the processes that facilitate their use. This project will be used to inform the value and need for further work looking at the effectiveness and efficiency of problem gambling interventions for prison inmates.

Final report

Delivery of Problem Gambling Services to Prisoners (PDF, 1.07 MB )

Delivery of Problem Gambling Services to Prisoners (DOCX, 802 KB )

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