21 June 2024

Thank you, and congratulations to the Fairfield Health Alliance Gambling Working Group on winning the 2024 ZEST Award for Outstanding Community Partnership.

The ZEST awards recognise and celebrate the achievements and innovative work of the community sector across Western Sydney.

The Fairfield Health Alliance Gambling Working Group (GWG) aims to identify and address gambling harm through community awareness-raising activities, projects and research.

The gambling working group (members pictured) was formed seven years ago and works collaboratively to bring awareness to gambling harm as a pressing, complex community issue which can only be addressed through collective action from a range of stakeholders such as placed-based neighbourhood centres, community health agencies, clinical services, local and state government.

There are currently 16 active organisations within the partnership, contributing a variety of skills, knowledge and time to deliver a range of GWG activities which include community capacity building, resource development, community outreach and research.

Currently, one of the key focuses of the working group is to implement the Gambling Harm Screening Tool, the next phase of a previous pilot project of the Fairfield Health Alliance. This project is led by a sub-group with representatives of key partner organisations, including SWSPHN, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Fairfield City Council.

The Fairfield Health Alliance identifies and addresses local health needs in the Fairfield LGA. The gambling working group is one of three working groups under the alliance’s umbrella.

Find out more about SWSPHN’s other partnerships