Projects

GARC current and past projects are detailed below:

CURRENT PROJECTS

An evaluation of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) in a gambling treatment setting

The research is an exploratory mixed methods evaluation of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System’s (PCOMS) use and potential within a national gambling treatment service in New Zealand.  PCOMS is a system for collecting and using client feedback on their counselling experiences to improve outcomes by engaging with the client feedback.  PCOMS comprises two, four-item scales - the Outcome Rating Scale and the Session Rating Scale.

Funded by: Ministry of Health

Principal researchers: Maria Bellringer, Komathi Kolandai-Matchett, Nick Garrett, Kirsten van Kessel, Max Abbott.

Pacific Islands Families Study 2017

The Pacific Islands Families (PIF) has been following a cohort of Pacific children since the year 2000. The purpose of this prospective study is to determine the pathways leading to optimal health, development and social outcomes for Pacific children and their families. The Centre for Pacific Health and Development Research (CPHDR) is leading this project and further details can be found here . In 2006, 2009 and 2014 significant gambling questions were added to the study, obtained from mothers and fathers in 2006 and mothers and children in 2009 and 2014.  The youth are currently being re-interviewed aged 17 years, so that further gambling-related analyses can be conducted.

Funded by: Ministry of Health in 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2017.

Principal researchers: Maria Bellringer, Nick Garrett, Leon Iusitini, El-Shadan Tautolo, Max Abbott.

Effectiveness of problem gambling interventions in a service setting: A pragmatic randomised clinical trial

The aim of this clinical trial is to examine how effective two forms of treatment are with or without added text message support, and which treatment approaches are best suited to particular client groups (based on age, gender, ethnicity and problem severity).  The two treatments being trialed are: 1) Motivational Interviewing plus workbook plus follow-up motivational telephone support, and 2) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy plus Exposure Therapy.  The trial is being conducted in collaboration with The Salvation Army Addiction Services - Gambling (Oasis).

Funded by: Ministry of Health

Principal researchers: Max Abbott, Maria Bellringer, Katie Palmer du Preez,  David Hodgins (University of Calgary, Canada), Malcolm Battersby (Flinders University, Australia), Alain Vandal, Jason Landon, Nick Garrett, Braden Te Ao, Janet Pearson.

National Gambling Study

The purpose of this longitudinal national study (conducted in collaboration with the National Research Bureau) is to increase understanding of the place of gambling in people's lives and its relationship to health and wellbeing.  This includes determination of problem gambling incidence and prevalence. It also assesses people's attitudes towards, and knowledge about gambling. The study is enhancing knowledge about how an individual's gambling participation changes over time and what factors contribute, including the onset and development of problem gambling. Participants were interviewed annually from 2012 to 2015. Reports from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 interviews are available on the NZ National Gambling Study page.

Further interviews are being conducted with a selection of participants in 2018.

Funded by: Ministry of Health

Current researchers: Max Abbott, Maria Bellringer, Nick Garrett, Komathi Kolandai-Matchett and Ken Sutton.


PAST PROJECTS

Past projects where a report is available to download are detailed on the Research Reports page.  Past projects where no report is available to download are detailed below.

Early identification of casino potential problem gamblers

This research developed a set of major indicators that could be predictors of early potential problem gambling behaviour for casino gamblers.

Funded by: Ministry of Health

Principal researchers: Max Abbott, Maria Bellringer, Nick Garrett

Gambling and comorbid disorders

This project was conducted by Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia in collaboration with the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, AUT.  It was funded by Gambling Research Australia and examined the temporal relationship between problem gambling and other co-occurring disorders and whether the presence of a particular morbid condition or series of comorbidities predicted the development or presence of problem gambling.

Gamblers at risk and their help-seeking behaviour

This project was conducted by Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia in collaboration with the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, AUT.  It was funded by Gambling Research Australia and examined, identified and analysed gambler formal and informal help-seeking behaviour in an Australian context.


Problem Gambling Screening Training in Primary Care Project

The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand and MedTech collaborated with the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre on a project to provide training on problem gambling screening to General Practitioners who are part of the MedTech user group. The aim of the project was to identify problem gamblers within routine medical consultations so that a subsequent referral to a problem gambling treatment provider could be made during the consultation (if required). The Problem Gambling Foundation spearheaded the project which was commissioned by the Ministry of Health.


Gaming and Betting Activities Survey 2006/2007

The National Research Bureau Ltd subcontracted the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre to assist in the development and implementation of a gaming and betting activities survey to benchmark knowledge, attitudes and behaviours at the start of a social marketing programme to prevent and minimise gambling harm. The Health Sponsorship Council developed and is delivering the social marketing programme as part of the work funded by the Ministry of Health.


Literature Search to Inform Social Marketing Approaches to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

This literature review aimed to inform the likely effectiveness of social marketing objectives and approaches and behaviour change indicators to prevent and minimise gambling harm. The social marketing campaign website is available HERE.


Consultancy to the Responsibility in Gambling Trust to review research on aspects of problem gambling

A review of research on aspects of gambling with particular emphasis being given to problem gamblers. The three key elements of the review were:

  • The development of, and risk factors for, problem gambling
  • The intervention options for the treatment of problem gambling and the effectiveness of these options
  • The impact of alternative approaches to public education and awareness raising about the risks of gambling and assessment of these approaches


National Gaming Surveys

Other major past projects have included the New Zealand and Swedish National Gaming Surveys. The Department of Internal Affairs commissioned the New Zealand Gaming Survey. The intent of the research was to inform Government policy on gaming and responses to problem gambling, contribute to local scientific knowledge in the field of gambling studies and provide information relevant to stakeholder and end-user organisations that have an interest in gaming and/or problem gambling. In total, seven reports on gaming were completed. The first report is available here. All other reports are available on the Department of Internal Affairs website.