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As an Aboriginal person, you can get free gambling support for yourself, a loved one or your community. 

Culturally appropriate support is available wherever you are in urban or regional NSW. You might be surprised to find out how many services are available to you and understand what you’re going through.

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You can get hold of someone anytime if you need free, confidential counselling and support. The Warruwi Gambling Help program, run by former Newcastle Knights player Ashley Gordon, works with communities in Sydney, Western Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter region, Illawarra and South Coast, Southern Inland, Murray region, Riverina, Far West, Central West and Orana regions to promote a healthy approach to gambling and seeking help.

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You can connect with Aboriginal gambling support in your own community:

Warruwi also works with communities to promote a healthy approach to gambling and seeking help.

  • To find out more about Warruwi in Sydney, Western Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter region, Illawarra and South Coast, Southern Inland, Murray region, Riverina, Far West, Central West and Orana regions, you can contact Ashley Gordon direct.
    0409 245 597
  • The Northern Rivers Community Gateway Lismore community hub takes the Warruwi program to the Far North Coast, Mid North Coast and the New England area.
    02 6621 7397

The “Talking About Gambling” project is an online community-driven health promotion campaign designed to address gambling related harm in 10 NSW Indigenous communities. The TAG initiative is about creating a supportive online environment and interactive space for honest conversations about gambling. The campaign will go for a few weeks and will involve competitions, peer support opportunities and local information about how to reduce harms from gambling being experienced by community members from their own or someone else’s gambling.

Find the link to the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TAGNSW

If you have any questions about the project please contact Marian Esler by phone (02) 6125 9269 or email Marian.Esler@anu.edu.au

Throughout Sydney and Western Sydney, University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinics‌ offer free and confidential face-to-face, online and over-the-phone therapy. They provide support for close friends and relatives, too.

All psychologists can provide culturally sensitive and aware counselling, and they’ve also built partnerships with Ngallu Wal Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, The Shed (at Emerton) and the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation at Campbelltown, which supports members of the Aboriginal community in the Mount Druitt, greater Western Sydney and South Western Sydney regions.

Call 1800 482 482 to book.

University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinics
Level 2, 94 Mallett Street, Camperdown NSW 2050
Suite 4, Level 4, 20–22 Macquarie Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Suite 12, 186 Queen Street, Sky Gardens Plaza, Campbelltown 2060
1800 482 482

The University of Sydney Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic is also developing a harm-prevention program in Western and South Western Sydney. It’s collaborating with elders to co-design and co-deliver public awareness programs to increase community understanding of gambling-related issues.

The idea is to increase the number of peer-support workers who can provide community education, enhance referrals and attend therapy groups to offer support. Watch out for educational initiatives like workshops and resource-sharing at community events, and local media aimed at increasing awareness and promoting gambling-support services.

Call 1800 482 482 to find out more and get involved.

Walgett Aboriginal Health Service received funding in 2020 to his project recognises gambling as a public health issue affecting the social determinants of health for individuals and community.

A reinvigorated Community Garden will provide a safe space unrelated to alcohol or gambling, a source of information, pathways to support, development of pride and contribution to community. Yarning is recognised as an appropriate strategy to engage about the impacts of gambling. Safe spaces, family-friendly activities and a source of fresh produce will be provided.

The project has a capacity-building focus, including training Aboriginal Health Workers in Walgett and Brewarrina to equip them to respond to gambling harm and provide community with soft entry points, awareness and support regarding gambling and its impacts. The project targets its outcomes at connections to information and support for individuals, families and community.

Monitor GambleAware’s news and events to hear more about this project.

The Aboriginal Animation Training & Promotion Program will produce a resource about promoting safe gambling targeting Indigenous communities in NSW. Four 30-second animation clips will be produced by young, Indigenous filmmakers.

The clips will be screened throughout the annual Winda Film Festival in November 2020. There will also be opportunities to screen the clips on social media platforms and broadcast networks such as NITV/SBS.

Monitor GambleAware’s news and events to hear more about this project.

For free, confidential advice and support, call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 or go to I need support.

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