To better support Indigenous Australians, we fund specialist organisations to provide culturally appropriate counselling services and raise awareness of responsible gambling in Indigenous communities.
We also support Gambler’s Help to ensure their services are accessible and culturally appropriate to Indigenous people living in Victoria.
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) assists Indigenous people to reduce gambling-related harm and provides counselling and consultations to Gambler’s Help services working with Indigenous clients.
The VACSAL Aboriginal Gambling Awareness Service
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL) is a state-wide service that delivers a comprehensive community development, education and capacity-building program targeted to Indigenous Australians.
The VACSAL Aboriginal Gambling Awareness Service aims to:
- support and strengthen the capacity of Gambler’s Help services to provide responsive, accessible and culturally appropriate services to Indigenous clients and communities
- deliver education about gambling in Indigenous communities
- develop collaborative partnerships between Gambler’s Help services and Indigenous organisations.
The service links community education and development activities with existing Gambler’s Help services and other community organisations to coordinate an education program that is appropriate to Indigenous communities.
VACSAL also builds the capacity of Gambler’s Help agencies to provide culturally appropriate problem gambling counselling services and referrals.