Submission to the Social and Economic Impact Study into Gambling in Tasmania Terms of Reference
TasCOSS believes that gambling is a public health issue. A public health perspective allows for an exploration of the individual biological and behavioural elements of problem gambling, but can also identify and ameliorate the social and economic determinants of gambling that causes harm; for example unemployment, poverty and the effects of co-morbid elements such as alcohol, drugs, family violence and smoking.
The TasCOSS submission highlights the following areas of importance regarding the prevalence study and its analysis:
- Prevalence of community-level harms
- The impact on children
- Better understanding of harm reduction measures on gamblers’ behaviour
- Employment data
- Assess community sentiment