On Monday 1st August The Age reported that Northern Health, the major hospital and healthcare provider in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs, has accepted donations from the highest loss pokies venue in Victoria, the Epping Plaza Hotel, and nominated its owner, Alexander Robertson, for an Australia Day award.
The Public Health Association of Australia urges all health care providers and community organisations to reject donations from the gambling industry because of the significant harm the industry causes. Poker machines are dangerous and addictive but the actions of Northern Health serve to normalise and legitimise them, undermining public health efforts to achieve sensible reforms.
Your letter to Northern Health will put pressure on them to change their position. They wouldn’t take money from the tobacco industry, it’s time they stopped taking tainted pokies profits.