Three Sides of the Coin Recovery Gamble lived experience video stories


Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Australia has the greatest gambling losses per capita in the world; 20% of pokie machines in the world; 75% of which are in suburban pubs and clubs -this ease of access is major predictor of harm. Pokies are particularly predatory for vulnerable women.

Three Sides of the Coin project enables people with lived experience of gambling harm to become advocates for change. Their personal stories are shared through both online and live performances, which educate the community and train professionals about gambling harm and the intersections of gambling with other health issues eg mental health, family violence, drugs, alcohol, crime. The purpose is to disrupt the normalisation of gambling, reduce stigma, humanize the people behind the addiction, increase help-seeking, and frame gambling as a public health issue.

Three Sides of the Coin project is looking for $14K to add one 6min lived experience Recovery Gamble video story to our bank of 7 stories. See trailer here:

A women, Carolyn, who has workshopped with our artistic director to theatrically tell her story, is ready to enter the filming process. She was sent to jail for embezzling money to feed her gambling addiction. This real-life video story of gambling harm to recovery (includes animation and music), will be shared in a non-linear, interactive way with broad audiences, both community and professional, as an educational tool, with the protagonist present for QandA.

Expected Outcomes

6min Recovery Gamble video story crafted theatrically with music and animation.
This story will highlight the predatory nature of pokie machines, designed by psychologists to be addictive, especially impacting vulnerable women. see trailer of other stories

Who will benefit?
The video stories significantly increase the reach of Three Sides of the Coin, and are a lasting tangible benefit to:
- Project participants with lived experience of gambling harm empowered by owning and transforming their stories into positive community impact
- People who view the video (gamblers, family/friends, vulnerable populations, general public)
- Professionals in allied sectors with intersecting issues, as educational tool - mental health, drug and alcohol, family violence, justice services
- Clients of mental health, drug and alcohol, family violence, justice etc services
- Three Sides of the Coin Professional Development attendees
- Conference attendees when Three Sides of the Coin presents

Three Sides of the Coin project has developed an Evaluation tool in collaboration with First Person Consulting. A feedback form will accompany the videos, asking key questions around shifts in attitude, new understandings and proposed actions.

Other evaluations are vox pops feedback after a screening, direct feedback about organisational shifts (eg Lifeline added a screening question about gambling after a PD session); website stats.

Project Data & Lessons

Carolyn's video story will help:
- mobilise lived experience stories as a key tool in education
- change stigmatising language such as ‘responsible gambling’, ‘problem gamblers’
- de-shame gambling and encourage help-seeking
- view gambling as a public health issue with a need for legislative reform
- educate the justice system to understand gambling as an addiction, so that sentencing is proportionate

Videos will be screened at PDs, conferences and meetings, together with a Q&A facilitated by one of the storytellers.

Organisational partnerships will use these videos to support and educate their clients.

Newsletters with film clips will inform targeted communities of upcoming workshops run by 3SOC, and new monologues will be crafted and filmed, to add to our existing Recovery Gamble library.

Our lived experience advocates will continue to do radio interviews, appear on forums such as ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, and ask questions at AGMs and shareholder meetings.

Project Dates

Project Commences: July 1, 2022
Project Completes: August 31, 2022

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Other Funding Sources
Victoria Responsible Gambling Foundation
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions

Organisation Details

ABN: 18 052 525 948


Judy Avisar
Phone: 0433888056


SHARC consists of four main programs related to the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector:
– Residential Peer Programs provides housing to people in recovery
– APSU is an AOD-services consumer advocate
– Peer Projects is a peer-workforce development program
– Family Drug and Gambling Help provides support, counselling and education to family members of people affected by AOD and gambling addictions

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