RANZCP calls for curb on gambling ads

Psychiatrists have called for a gambling help telephone number to be displayed prominently in all betting advertising.

In a statement today, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) urged a parliamentary inquiry into gambling reform to curb advertising by betting companies.

It said the promotion of gambling on TV should be restricted to a set number of times per hour because of its impact on vulnerable groups and problematic gamblers.

RANZCP spokesman, Dr Clive Allcock, said gambling advertising on TV, which had become increasingly prevalent during screening of sporting events,