The Gaming and Betting Activities Survey 2006/07: New Zealanders' knowledge, views and experiences of gambling and gambling-related harm is part of the Ministry of Health's response to problem gambling.
The survey of almost 2000 people collects information about attitudes, knowledge, behaviours and protective practices in relation to gambling and gambling harm.
The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the impact of public health activities, including the social marketing programme, and to inform the planning and funding of future public health services to prevent and minimise gambling harm.
The 2006/07 Gaming and Betting Activities Survey (GBAS) is designed to measure changes in community awareness and understanding of gambling harms. It also aims to benchmark the types of individual, family and community behaviours and responses that public health approaches, including the social marketing programme, will promote to address gambling harms in the longer term. These behaviours and responses range from individuals being able to identify the occurrence of problem gambling in themselves and others and knowing where to go for help or support, to people discussing and debating the place of gambling in their communities. Future surveys will track changes in these behaviours and responses.