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The following community events and activities are being held during Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2019.

Metropolitan events

Locality Date Event summary
Ashburton 12.30-1.30pm, Monday 7 October 2019 Alamein NLC will host an educational session on the effects of gambling with its ESL students.

Contact: execofficer@alameinnlc.com.au
Bayswater 6pm, Monday 7 October 2019 Glen Park Community Inc. is hosting a free community meal to encourage participation in a community activity at a time when someone maybe lonely or isolated would consider going to a gaming venue. 'Not a dollar more' podcasts produced by Banyule Community Health will be aired, and educational material will be provided to attendees.

Contact: heidi.butler@glenparkcc.com.au
Box Hill 10.30am–1pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 A full day of performing arts, including Chinese dance, traditional music and a choir performance will be presented by the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia.

Real life stories from ex-gamblers and their friend will be shared on the day. Community members are invited to join open discussions about gambling harm, to understand it better and prevent it from occurring.

The day will end with a Tai Chi activity for all participants, led by a professional Tai Chi instructor.

Contact: meiyu.chfa@gmail.com
Box Hill, Hoppers Crossing and Footscray 7 and 8 October 2019 The Chinese Cancer & Chronic Illness Society of Victoria Inc. will host three lunches with local communities and a discussion on why gambling harm matters, how it affects their community and the changes in gambling in the last 10 years. Chinese in-language support services will also be highlighted to attendees.

Contact: enquiry@cccic.org.au
Broadmeadows 10am–12pm and 4–6pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 Free trial events hosted by professional basketball players and coaches, this day organised by Broadmeadows Basketball Association will encourage the community to meet new people and join in sport to benefit their social, mental and physical needs to prevent gambling risk from social isolation.

Contact: hannah@broncosbasketball.com.au
Brunswick 3–5pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 PRONIA will host a session to offer the Greek community an opportunity to learn about gambling harm, and its effects on the individual, loved ones and wider community. Stories from lived experience, time for sharing and discussion, and resources to tackle gambling harm will be covered on the day.

Contact: student2@pronia.com.au
Chelsea 7am–10am (performance at 9am), Wednesday 9 October 2019 The City of Kingston will host a gold-coin donation breakfast and a performance by Three Sides of the Coin at Chelsea Community Church of Christ/Careworks. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session with performers, who have lived experience.

Contact: RSVP with Paul at paul.owen@kingston.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9581 4803.
Coburg North 10am–12.30pm, Wednesday 9 October 2019 The City of Moreland is hosting a facilitated workshop for their senior citizen group leader volunteers operating within the municipality to discuss wellbeing and self-care, and how to discuss gambling harm with the communities they work with.

Contact: cmisuraca@moreland.vic.gov.au
Clarinda 7pm, Saturday 26 October 2019 Mythri Australia will host an informational session on online gambling and its consequences. Sean Newton from Twentyman Foundation will be a guest speaker and facilitator, and is hosted in conjunction with Kingston City Council.

Contact: mythriaustralia@gmail.com
Dandenong 10.30am–12.30pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 The Serbian Community Association of Australian Inc. will be hosting local community members to discuss and raise awareness on matters such as:

- the risks of gambling, including those posed by new technologies
- encourage early recognition of the signs of risky gambling behaviour
- reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help early, especially through empowering those who have experienced gambling harm to tell their stories
- highlight how the normalisation of gambling in sport is changing the way teenagers and young adults experience sport.

Please note this event will be held only in the Serbian language.

Contact: info@serbiancommunity.org.au
Doncaster 12–2pm, Thursday 3 October 2019 EACH-Chinese Peer Connection will be present at MC2 with various activity stalls, where attendees can play some games and also receive information on gaming, and keeping life in balance.

Contact: WingYin.Wong@each.com.au
Epping 6–10pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 Australian Chaldean Family Welfare (AFCW) in partnership with Arabic Welfare will be holding an event for Chaldean community members to raise awareness about gambling harm and its effect on individuals, families and the community. The event will encourage those affected by gambling harm to find the courage to share their personal experience with the wider Chaldean community. The event will provide other newly arrived Chaldean community members with an opportunity to meet, socialise and form friendships. The ACFW will be inviting guest speakers to educate Chaldean community members to consider ways to cut back on gambling activity.

Contact: dalaldanielsleiman@gmail.com
Fitzroy Saturday 12 October 2019 Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria will present a short introductory information session; followed by a community forum to discuss why gambling harm matters to people. Videos, food, live music and information brochures will be available on the day.

Contact: alex@rerc.org.au
Footscray 12–2pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 IPC Health and Young Leaders of the West will be at Victoria University (Footscray Park campus) to engage with university students on gambling harm. Activities will include screenings of Gambler's Help advertisements, a catered lunch and discussions with Gambler's Help staff.

Contact: juliet.matskarofski@ipchealth.com.au
Forest Hill Monday 7 October 2019 Centre for Holistic Health will host a forum to encourage discussion of gambling harm and its effects on older Chinese migrants. Participants will discuss strategies from their perspectives and ability to promote gambling harm among their peers and social groups. Groups will be tasked to discuss a case study to come up with practical ways to support peers in a social setting.

Contact: ada.poon@chh.org.au
Frankston 6–8.30pm, Wednesday 9 October 2019 Women and Mentoring invites local community members to a free performance exploring the effects of gambling on the community.
Hear from people with personal experience of gambling harm and recovery with a presentation from Three Sides of The Coin, followed by a discussion about the impact of gambling on our community.

Contact: tricia@womenandmentoring.org.au
Glen Waverley 2–4.30pm, Monday 7 October 2019 Warecare Counselling will be presenting to the Chinese community on gambling harm, in particular the financial and social effects of gambling. This presentation will be held in Mandarin and Cantonese. Financial and gambling counsellors will present to the audience. Information on alternative activities to gambling in the Monash area, with help from local agencies, libraries, neighbourhood houses, youth groups will also be provided.

Contact: admin@wavecare.org.au
Glen Waverley 11am–12pm, Monday 7 October 2019 Wavecare Counselling will hold an educational session for residents in the Monash area. Financial and gambling counsellors from EACH will discuss gambling harm and its impact on life. There will be presentations on alternative activities to gambling in the Monash area, with help from local agencies, neighbourhood houses, sporting clubs and social inclusion groups. Social workers/counsellors from Warecare will also discuss the emotional impact of gambling, including self-esteem and mental health wellbeing. Light tea refreshments will be provided so that participants can enjoy a friendly discussion with peers and counsellors after the presentation.

Contact: admin@wavecare.org.au
Glen Waverley 11am-12pm, Wednesday 9 October 2019 Wavecare Counselling will hold an educational session for senior men aged 60+ years on gambling harm. Topics that will be covered include gambling harm, and how it affects family and friends. The event will also help seniors understand gambling harm in relation to their adult children. Gambling and financial counsellors from EACH, together with social workers/counsellors from Wavecare Counselling will discuss the emotional impact of gambling along with the effects on self-esteem and mental health wellbeing. Lunch will be provided so that participants can enjoy a friendly discussion with peers and counsellors after the presentation.

Contact: admin@wavecare.org.au
Glenroy 6.30pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 Glenroy Library will host a free BBQ and some fun activities from Reclink Australia. This will be followed by a discussion about eSports and eBetting presented by Gamblers Help.

Coburg Library will host a ReSpin speaker followed by light refreshments.

'Not a dollar more' podcasts will also be promoted to provide online information to the community.

Contact: bjohnson@moreland.vic.gov.au
Healesville 12-3pm, Friday 11 October 2019 Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association will host a community BBQ lunch to highlight the harm caused by gambling and where support can be accessed for any members experiencing harm from gambling or affected others. Speaker from Gamblers Help Eastern will be present along with Financial Counsellors from EACH and HICSA staff.

Contact: manager@hicsa.org.au
Heidelberg West 10am–2pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 Banyule City Council and Banyule Community Health's Aboriginal Health team has come together to host a community day for its local Aboriginal community. Invited attendees will partake in cultural activities, meet local service providers, share their work and experiences related to gambling harm, and provide support to people who gamble.

Contact: jo.vandort@banyule.vic.gov.au
Heidelberg West 2pm, Friday 11 October 2019 Banyule Community Health and the Women of West Heidelberg invite members of the community to attend a live theatrical performance by people who have been affected by gambling harm. A Q&A discussion will be held after the performance and will give community members the chance to engage in conversation about the impact of gambling harm. Afternoon tea and light refreshments will be provided.

Contact: sarah.quirk@bchs.org.au
Heidelberg West 12–3pm, Saturday 12 October 2019 Somali Australian Council of Victoria Inc. will share valuable information and facilitate discussion about the potential harm and effects of gambling. It will also raise awareness of available services and support, and explore prevention strategies.
It will support engagement in alternative activities that promote positive health and behaviours in young people.

Contact: sacvic@gmail.com
Keilor Downs 10am–12pm, Monday 7 October 2019 IPC Health will organise a session for seniors to gather and share stories together, to foster social connectedness and also provide information to care for their overall wellbeing, and inform them of the support services available to them within the region. The session will focus on gambling and mental health, and light catering will be provided.

Contact: juliet.matskarofski@ipchealth.com.au
Keilor East 1pm–3pm, Friday 11 October 2019 Gamblers Help City and Inner North are running short, safe and fun activities and providing an opportunity for the community to talk, share, support for Gambling Harm Awareness Week. This will be held at Milleara Shopping Centre, 235 Milleara Rd, Keilor East VIC 3033.

Contact: Isolde.Scherrer@salvationarmy.org.au or on twitter: #endgamblingharm
Kew 11.30am–12.30pm, Friday 11 October 2019 Kew Home of Chinese will host afternoon lunch, performances and a discussion for its members. A Gambler's Help counsellor will present on the day on the topic of gambling harm, and its effects on the individual, and the wider community. Event organisers will encourage members to show support to anyone who might need help, and to offer a listening ear to someone who may need to speak up.

Contact: hinkay_man@yahoo.com
Keysborough 11.30am–5.30pm, Sunday 13 October 2019 The Australian Indian Innovations Inc. is hosting a community day with outdoor concerts, kids' rides, speeches and food available on the day. Relevant speakers from local councils and key community personalities will be invited to talk about the effects of gambling.

contact: ylakshman@bigpond.com
Kilsyth TBD To Coincide with Seniors Week, Japara Neighbourhood House will be hosting a morning tea and screening of 'You Can't Ask That' to promote discussion on the ramifications of gambling. The morning will also consist of morning tea and physical activity.

Contact: j.scanlan@japarahouse.com.au
Lynbrook Friday 11 October 2019 Shamama Association of Australia Inc. will host a panel discussion to examine gambling as a social issue and the potential harm to community.

Contact: shamama.org@gmail.com
Lynbrook 10am, Tuesday 8 October 2019 City of Casey is hosting a performance by Three Sides of the Coin, followed with a Q&A session.

Contact: lynbrookcc@casey.vic.gov.au
Melbourne City 12pm–2pm, Friday 11 October 2019 Court Network will host an internal lunchtime learning session for all court volunteers to learn about gambling harm and where to refer people to help. Volunteers are encouraged to take their learnings to the courts, and offer information to members of public that may help.

Contact: katherine@courtnetwork.com.au
Mount Waverley 1–3pm, Sunday 13 October 2019 Chinese Performing Arts Development will host a series of speeches and a group discussion on gambling harm. A traditional Chinese storytelling art performance, dancing and singing performances will also be part of the event proceedings on the day.

Contact: Annes Guan, guanweiqun@yahoo.com
Springvale 10am–2pm, Wednesday 9 October 2019 Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association will host a health and wellbeing expo to provide the Vietnamese community an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge to prevent and minimise gambling harm. The expo will also help people have a better understanding on how to care for their health and well-being by learning strategies, alternatives, healthy activities and explore available information of support services from service providers' stalls at the expo. It will also be a fun day for family and friends to enjoy cultural performances and connect with other people.

Contact: bgresty@sicmaa.org.au
State-wide Digital campaign Borderlands Cooperative will create video interviews in Mandarin and Cantonese to promote personal storytelling, offer professional knowledge for education and gambling harm awareness in Chinese communities.

Contact: kevin.chanwunkwan@gmail.com
Werribee 6.30pm–7.30pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 Join City of Wyndham and presenters from IPC Health for some tips and tools to take control of your finances. This workshop will help you set goals and shop smarter so that you can enjoy more of the good things in life. Refreshments will be provided, and all participants will receive a helpful booklet to take home.

Registrations essential. Please call 0412 949 657 if you have queries. Please also visit Wyndham Library Event Calendar and Bookings for more information.

Regional events

Locality Date Event summary
Bendigo Friday, 4 October 2019 Bendigo Community Health Services will host an awareness and knowledge session for refugee youth. The day will include information on gambling harm, lunch and a recreational activity.

Contact: kayegraves@bchs.com.au
Breakwater Wednesday, 16 October 2019 The Polish Community Council of Victoria will be present at the Polish Senior Festival to offer fun activities and also provide information on gambling harm.

Contact: Bozena Iwanoski, 0406 492 215
Briars Ward (Mount Eliza, through to Mornington and Mount Martha; and borders of Port Phillip Bay and Moorooduc) 7–13 October 2019 Providence Health will be visiting secondary schools in the Briars Ward to raise awareness about gambling harm, and its effects on different aspects of life. The session will also cover how to discuss any gambling-related harm with their GP, if necessary.

Contact: steve@providencehealth.org.au
Cabarita Wednesday 9 October 2019 Mallee District Aboriginal Services will host a community day, incorporating activities such as yoga, meditation, a Gambler's Help yarning circle and others.

Contact: tgriffin@mdas.org.au
Clarinda 12-4pm, Saturday 12 October 2019 The Unified Filipino Elderly Association lnc. will host a lunch presentation discussing the effects of gambling on individuals, friends and family and the wider community. The event will also include open discussion amongst attendees on the day.

Contact: lenvillan_ueva57@hotmail.com
Flowerdale Thursday 10 October 2019 Flowerdale Community House is hosting lunch and a guest speaker will be present on the day to explain the risk factors and harmful effects of gambling. Guests will also be informed of the assistance available in the area for people that may need help.

Contact: fchcoordinator@fchadmin.com.au
Gannawarra, Swan Hill region Tuesday 29 October 2019 (Kerang)
Thursday 31 October 2019 (Swan Hill)
Northern District Community Health is organising two Mental Health First Aid courses, one in the Gannawarra and another in the Swan Hill region. Attendees will learn how to identify, approach and support someone experiencing gambling problems using a practical, evidence based action plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Contact: jayde.ringin@ndch.org.au
Geelong Tuesday 8 October 2019 Bethany Community Support will meet GTEC students over a BBQ lunch, and have a discussion with a Community Educator about gambling harm, how to support mates and ways to get help.

Contact: hmartin@bethany.org.au
Geelong 7–13 October 2019 City of Greater Geelong will create outdoor media advertising to highlight gambling harm, adopting key messages from Gambling Harm Awareness Week.

Contact: slavakis@geelongcity.vic.gov.au
Korumburra 12–1pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 Hosted by South Gippsland Shire Council, this event is held for shift workers (aged between 30-60) at a local dairy processing factory to discuss health and wellbeing in general, highlighting addictive behaviours, finding gambling-free activities in the local community and within the workplace during breaks. A guest speaker will be engaged to discuss video gaming, addiction to gaming and links to gambling. A new 'Breaking the Habit' resource card will be launched, highlighting free activities and local gambling support services in South Gippsland.

Contact: vicki.bradley@southgippsland.vic.gov.au
Loddon, Gannawarra, Buloke, Swan Hill Digital media campaign Northern District Community Health will utilise the themes and messages from Gambling Harm Awareness Week to deliver a media campaign to raise awareness of gambling harm in the community and ensure access to support is well understood by people who gambling and their affected others.

Contact: alexia.stephens@ndch.org.au
Morwell 10.30am–1.30pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 Gippsland Multicultural Services' planned activity group will come together to share food, stories, gratitude and build esteem as they knit and discuss gambling harm and how it might have affected their lives.

Contact: lisa@gms.org.au
Robinvale 12–3pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 Information sharing session with the local community and to highlight the various social service providers available to people. A speaker with lived experience will engage the attendees discussing how gambling harm affects well-being, breaking down stigma, where and how to seek help, ways to keep gambling in check and recovery.

Contact: enjehia@rdhs.com.au
Shepparton 6–8pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 Greater Shepparton City Council is hosting Speed Date a Gambler to encourage and give opporunity for community discussions about gambling harm, the effects on individuals, family and friends and the wider community. A panel with lived experience will take questions from the audience and address topics or issues they would not feel comfortable having with family members, friends or people close to them. The event will include an education information session, panel discussion and then break out to smaller groups where individuals can have one-on-one conversations and the opportunity to ask questions specific to their own experience with panelists they associate with.

Contact: megan.howard@shepparton.vic.gov.au
Torquay 9am–1pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 A free 4-hour MHFA for gambling problems course is available for any interested adult in the Torquay region. Attendees will learn how to identify, approach and support someone experiencing gambling problems using a practical, evidence based action plan. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Contact: annie@hepner.id.au
Warrnambool TBD South West Healthcare welcomes anyone to join them for coffee and cake stand at Civic Green during Mental Health Week and Gambling Harm Awareness Week - counsellors will be available to speak to anyone about gambling harm and encourage behavioural activation and seeking alternative recreational activities.

Contact: gaggett@swh.net.au
Warrnambool Public advertising Bethany Community Support is organising public advertising on local roundabout banners and town entrance signs promoting Gambling Harm Awareness Week, adopting key messages from TALK.SHARE.SUPPORT.

Contact: lryan@bethany.org.au
Wodonga TBD Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council will host its culture club session to discuss gambling harm, and why talking about it is important for everyone. It will cover the importance of non-judgemental support, and information on where to seek support.

Contact: jodie@awecc.org.au
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