Andrew Kinch

Hampton, Victoria

Teacher, gamer

Gaming disorder is now recognised by the World Health Organisation as a modern disease, affecting mental health and social connection. As a physical education and wellbeing teacher who enjoys video games, Andrew believes a balanced approach is possible. His GameAware program works with young people – mainly teenage boys – and their families to encourage a healthy approach to gaming. GameAware not only helps them build resilience and engage in real life, but also provides an insight into why these games are so compelling and how overplaying can negatively affect performance. By growing GameAware, Andrew aims to help more Australians to hit the gaming sweet spot.