Gambling Health Alliance
It has been announced today that the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and Gamble Aware have joined forces to establish a ‘Gambling Health Alliance’.
The stated aims of the new Alliance is to ensure that gambling and the harms it perceives arise from it are placed on an equal footing with other major public health challenges, focussing on prevention, early intervention, and increased community engagement.
The Alliance, which will initially be established for three years, has the primary objective of “bringing together organisations and individuals, specifically policy makers, who have a shared interest in reducing the damage caused to health and wellbeing from gambling”. The Alliance will seek to:
- Highlight the rising concerns about gambling related harms;
- Engage and influence policy makers, Government, NGOs and the public health community in order to encourage positive action;
- Promote evidence so it can be translated into practical steps;
- Undertake periodic surveys and polling to inform GHA campaigns to increase awareness of the health harms from gambling.