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A Link Health and Community Initiative
Three Sides of the Coin
Gamblers Help Gippsland presents Three Sides of the
Coin, a powerful theatrical performance by people
that have been harmed by gambling.
Three Sides of the Coin explores the lived experience
of those harmed by either their own or someone else’s
gambling addiction and their process to recovery.
Come along to join in on the conversation about
gambling as a public health issue and its impacts on
The live performance will be followed by:
• A short 20 minute screening of the Three Sides
of the Coin documentary
• Panel discussion
Register at: https:to https://www.
Registration is required
RSVP by Wednesday 22nd of March
Performance and Community Forum
OF THE COIN
Wednesday 29 March 2017
from 11am to 1pm
Cape Paterson Conference Room,
RACV Inverloch Resort
70 Cape Paterson-Inverloch Rd, Inverloch
For further information contact: Ashlea King
Gamblers Help Community Education Officer
Phone: (03) 5136 5246
In 2015/16 Bass Coast and South
Gippsland lost $22.8 million to Pokies...
that’s $63,000 a day!!
Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
AOD FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
For family members, significant others and supporters of people
struggling with addiction and susbtance abuse
WHERE: Bass Coast Health - Cowes site 14 Warley Ave
Fridays 2pm - 4pm (afternoon tea supplied)
This program is facilitated by BCH Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
counsellors and peer support volunteers and will help participants
to be better equipped in knowing what to do if a friend or relative is
struggling with addiction or any substance abuse.
Families and supporters will be:
• Able to recognise signs of addiction of alcohol and other drug use, particularly
early warning signs
• Educated on addictive behaviours and substance dependence. This will include
education around brain functioning and alcohol and other drug use
• Able to understand how to manage difficult and unsocial behaviour
• Given strategies for self-care and maintenance of healthy family life
• Supported to understand and maintain appropriate boundaries with the person
struggling with addiction
• Supported to understand the person in addiction rather than judge the person
with addiction issues
• Offered emotional support and will be given strategies to manage their emotional
wellbeing, including coping with grief
• Able to support the person in addiction to seek treatment and/or other service
support as appropriate
• Learn how to support other members of the family who are impacted
• Given strategies for prioritising needs amongst family members while they are
dealing with the instability and chaos that is associated with the addiction lifestyle
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE PHONE BCH ON 5671 3278 OR 5951 2100.
A NEW project called ‘Three Sides of the
Coin’ will come to the RACV Resort at Inverloch
on March 29, delivering a powerful theatrical
performance by people who have been harmed
The theatrical scene explores the lived expe-
rience of those harmed by either their own or
someone else’s gambling addiction and their
journey to recovery.
Latrobe Community Health Service has part-
nered with Link Health and Community to
bring Three Sides of the Coin to Gippsland.
Funded by the Victorian Responsible Gam-
bling Foundation’s Local Prevention Grants
Program, Three Sides of the Coin presents real
stories with real people that have experienced
first-hand the impacts of a gambling addiction.
The theatrical scenes have contributed signif-
icantly to raising awareness in the community
about the complexities of gambling harm.
In the 2015-16 financial year the gambling
losses from Electronic Gaming Machines in
Bass Coast were in excess of $16 million with
a further $6 million lost in South Gippsland.
Taking into consideration that these figures
fail to mention the total losses from all forms
of gambling, this figure would in fact be signifi-
“This is a significant amount of money that
is being lost from the local community, leading
to detrimental social and economic impacts for
both those affected and the broader communi-
ty,” said Ashlea King, Gambler’s Help Commu-
nity Education Officer at Latrobe Community
For every one person with a gambling addic-
tion, five to 10 others are affected.
Three Sides of the Coin performer Anna
Bardsley said the powerful and inspiring per-
formance brings a human face to the impact
that gambling addiction has on our community.
“Why publicly share the shameful, once se-
cret life of gambling addiction? It’s to speak
for all those still unable to speak because of
the shame attached to gambling. We find our-
selves, unexpectedly, in the role of advocates
The performance aims to gets the community
talking about gambling as a public health issue
in the attempt to reduce the stigma and shame
experienced by those affected.
With the support of South Gippsland Shire
Council and Bass Coast Shire Council, Latrobe
Community Health Service Health would like
to invite the community to join the conversa-
tion of gambling as a public health issue on
Wednesday, March 29 from 11 to 1pm at RACV
Free lunch is provided. To register for this
free community event go to https://www.
32037617376?aff=es2 or alternatively, contact
Ashlea King at Latrobe Community Health Ser-
vice on email@example.com or 1800 242
696 for more information.
Powerful play on
BASS Valley Primary School students have
been busily creating amazing artworks which
will light up their local parks and foreshores.
Students will continue to be integral to the
project, building artworks and taking part in
the official opening of ‘Luminous Streets’ in
Grantville on Saturday, April 8.
Luminous Streets is the first part of ‘The Edge
of Us’, an ambitious, two-year Small Towns
Transformations project during which adults
and students will work with artists to transform
the local landscape. Grade 5 and 6 students
have worked with artist Jeannie Haughton for
four weeks to create a swarm of mosquitoes.
“It was case of work, work, work to get
them finished,” Jeannie said.
“The teachers and students all put their
heads down and got stuck into it as it was a
really challenging task.
“The mozzies are going to look great under
lights though, and how much more local can
you get than mozzies!”
Jessica Wilson has been working with
Grade 3 and 4 students to create beauti-
ful flowers for the Pioneer Bay Garden Of
Light Gallery, while the younger grades have
been working with artists Lisa Burrell and
Andreas Diesner on panels that will be in-
corporated into sculptures in Corinella and
Grade 3 and 4 students will begin work
with artist Mary Sullivan very soon.
The student art works will light up on the
opening night in Grantville, Pioneer Bay, Ten-
by Point, Corinella and Coronet Bay.
The project is being managed by Bass Val-
ley Landcare and is an outcome of the Small
Town Transformations program, a Victorian
Government initiative delivered by Regional
For more information contact Jessica Wil-
son on 0403 634 231 or jess@jessicawilson.
com.au, or Jeannie Haughton on 0438 222
138 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bass Valley Primary School students have played a big part in the preparations for the
Luminous Street project, which will light up the streets of Grantville, Pioneer Bay, Tenby
Point, Corinella and Coronet Bay on Saturday, April 8.
Students light up towns
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