Don't Gamble Away Our Public Services - Sign the PSA Petition

08 November 2016

The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service has had critical funding removed after a State Government tender decision to contract out to a private provider.

Operating for the last 20 years, The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service is an important and successful South Australian free public service that assists with the rehabilitation of problem gamblers. This life changing service reduces the strain of social and medical costs to the community caused through problem gambling.

This decision has further caused the loss of the only public intensive inpatient treatment service for problem gambling in South Australia. This treatment is often the last avenue of treatment for severe gambling addictions.

In 2015/2016, 95% of clients met all or part of their treatment and recovery goals, with 72.5% achieving full rehabilitation.

On the back of such success, it makes no sense that the Government has chosen to tender to a private provider.

The staff working in this service are pubic sector employees and the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service is a public service.

The privatisation of this service is a loss to South Australians.

Say NO to the privatisation of our public health services. Sign the PSA petition here and demand the State Government find the urgently needed funding to sustain this vital service.

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