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Energy efficient practices that will help manage the cost of energy bills | 28 June 2022

The Social Marketing Research Group have developed a number of materials to support Australian families, and older people, to help them manage the cost of their energy needs:


Older People

Older Australians on the tough choices they face as energy costs start to increase | 20 April 2022

Elderly lady in her homeProfessor Ross Gordon has published an article in The Conversation discussing his research into the role domestic energy consumption plays in supporting successful ageing. The research found a clear associations between energy consumption and health and well-being outcomes. Many people reported that they avoid using energy – risking even their health and well-being – to reduce costs.

You can read the full article in The Conversation.

Sports betting apps fuel perfect gambling storm | 7 December 2021

Professor Ross GordonIn it to win it – An interdisciplinary investigation of sports betting, is a QUT-led project investigating how smartphones and aggressive marketing are driving growth in sports betting, creating gambling practices that can lead to risk and harm.

Lead Researcher Professor Ross Gordon (pictured, right) says new technologies such as mobile smartphones and sportsbetting apps make it possible to bet anywhere, anytime, with anyone, and on anything. And the COVID-19 pandemic has escalated the growth further.

“Gambling has always been a big part of Australian culture – but in recent years the total expenditure and per adult expenditure has been increasing steadily. It’s more heavily marketed by the industry than ever before, aided by a soft regulatory environment and celebrity endorsements.”

Sports betting is the fastest growing segment of the Australian gambling market, generating $5.5 billion in 2021 and increasing by 4.3% by average year on year over the last five years.

Recent research in Victoria estimated that the cost of gambling related harm is approximately $7 billion per year in that state alone.

We hope that our project findings will help enhance understanding of social practices of sports betting, to help inform gambling policy and programs to support better health and social outcomes.

You can read the article at QUT News.