Kate Roberts is a senior, AASW accredited Mental Health Social Worker and RGF Accredited Problem Gambling Counsellor and Counsellor Supervisor. Kate has a 30 year background as a health practitioner and consultant adult educator. She has extensive experience in clinical social work, casework, counselling, group work, community development, project management, health promotion, research and professional education.
For the past 17 years she has been involved in working with gambling issues as a community development worker, educator, problem gambling counsellor and community advocate. She is the founding chairperson of the Gambling Impact Society (NSW) a community education, information and advocacy organisation for those affected by problem gambling and an information resource for those working within the field of gambling.
Kate has worked in both government and non-government sectors in Great Britain and Australia. A member of the Australian Association of Social Work and National Association of Gambling Studies, she has presented at national and international conferences on gambling. Kate is currently completing a PhD in Gambling & Public at Wollongong University. Kate continues to lobby at both State and national level to raise awareness about gambling issues and problem gambling in particular and has worked successfully with others to establish the annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. Kate has a firm commitment to community education and public health approaches to gambling in the community. Kate provides a private counselling service (Medicare registered) from her consulting rooms in Coolangatta, Shoalhaven Heads.