Intersections of gambling and offending: What can integrated financial counselling and legal practice achieve?

26 June 2020, 1:00PM-2:00PM

The intersection of gambling and offending: what integrated financial counselling and legal practice can achieve

The CIJ is delighted to be hosting a webinar looking at the benefits gleaned from our Financial Counselling pilot, run in collaboration with the Mental Health Legal Centre’s Inside Access program and with the kind support of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. The webinar will include a discussion of the intersection between gambling and offending first identified by the CIJ in its 2017 report, Compulsion, Convergence or Crime? Criminal justice system contact as a form of gambling harm, as well as the steps which the CIJ took to respond to this work in seconding a Financial Counsellor into the existing integrated practice at MHLC.


Elena Campbell, Associate Director, CIJ

Panel members:

  • Sarah Davidson, Financial Counsellor, CIJ
  • Ann Jorgensen, Principal Solicitor, Mental Health Legal Centre
  • Kristina Bucak, Solicitor, Inside Access Program, Mental Health Legal Centre
  • Amanda Carter, Managing Lawyer, Therapeutic Courts, Victoria Legal Aid.

to explore the lessons learned from this pilot about the benefits of integrated practice; the extent to which gambling presented as an issue for clients; and the challenges and opportunities which come from responding to gambling harm and financial issues across the legal sector more broadly.