Australian guideline for treatment of problem gambling: an abridged outline

Shane A Thomas, Stephanie S Merkouris, Harriet L Radermacher, Nicki A Dowling, Marie L Misso, Christopher J Anderson and Alun C Jackson
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (11): 664-665. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11088

The Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre (PGRTC) has developed the first evidence-based guideline to address problem gambling in Australia — Guideline for screening, assessment and treatment in problem gambling. The entire guideline and related appendices have been approved by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) under s. 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. In approving the guideline, the NHMRC considered that it meets the NHMRC’s standard for clinical practice guidelines. The guideline will be available on the PGRTC websites ( and The full guideline addresses screening, assessment and treatment issues relating to problem gambling; in this abridged outline, we focus solely on treatment interventions for problem gamblers.

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  • Shane A Thomas1
  • Stephanie S Merkouris1
  • Harriet L Radermacher1
  • Nicki A Dowling2
  • Marie L Misso3
  • Christopher J Anderson1
  • Alun C Jackson2

  • 1 Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.



We acknowledge the important contribution of the Expert Advisory Panel as well as the technical and operational support provided by Sean Cowlishaw, Felicity Lorains, Anna Chapman and Sylvia Niele.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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