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A$400,000 in grants have been provided by The Office of Responsible Gambling for the Australian state of New South Wales, allowing different universities to research how to fight gambling addiction.
The money is going to be disbursed through five different universities across the country and is primarily aimed at finding ways that technology can help beat addiction. One of the measures will include the formation of an animation series to help educate children on the dangers of gambling addiction. Another program will look at loot boxes and their effects on minors.
Speaking about the grants, Office of Responsible Gambling director Natalie Wright noted: "Technology and in particular online betting have made it easier than ever before for people to gamble.
We need to better understand betting motivations and what approaches work best for people at risk of gambling harm," she said. "It's also important our research looks into the impact of gambling technology and innovation on younger people as well as the effectiveness of support for families of problem gamblers."
"By funding programs and research projects like these, we will further develop and underpin the evidence base for responsible gambling policy and programs."