NZ launches gambling harm app

New Zealand has launched a mobile app aimed at curbing problem gambling in collaboration with the Deakin University in Australia. 

New Zealand’s National Institute for Health Innovation says the tool is an interactive mobile program, called Manaaki.

“We think it will help people who are having difficulties with any type of gambling activity and with any goal, from quitting completely or just cutting back,” the institute said.

Manaaki is a cognitive behavioural therapy app and is based on the Deakin University GAMBLINGLESS on-line tool. 

While Manaaki is evidence-based, the method of delivery—via an app—is new. The study is supported by a research grant from the Health Research Council, in partnership with colleagues from Social and Community Health of the University of Auckland, Deakin University, and Hāpai te Hauora.

The institute is also inviting participation into a study to evaluate how effective the app is, recruiting anyone in NZ over 18 who believe they may have a gambling issue.