Release date 2 August 2021
Hunter New England gambling support services changing to GambleAware from 1 July
Gambling treatment and support services in the Hunter New England region, formerly known as Gambling Help, are now operating as ‘GambleAware’ as new service providers commenced operations across 10 regions in the state from 1 July.
Centacare New England North West is the appointed GambleAware service provider for the Hunter New England region. Tim Rawson, Clinical Regional Manager, says his team is looking forward to supporting the community.
“The new Hunter New England GambleAware service provides a broad range of gambling support and treatment options for the local community, including financial and therapeutic counselling. We’re proud to be providing this really important service and look forward to continuing to support clients throughout the region.”
Tim Rawson says “our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our local community, and this transition will continue to see us delivering appropriate gambling support and treatment services to the people who live and work in this region.”
Director of the Office of Responsible Gambling, Natalie Wright, says the transition to GambleAware is part of a redesign of how gambling information, education and support are delivered in NSW.
“The name GambleAware unites all NSW gambling support services and is focused on supporting the entire community. The services range from community engagement and education through to support and treatment, and now includes those who may not currently experience challenges around gambling but may be at risk,” Ms Wright said.
The change of name and new regional service approach is the first stage in introducing the GambleAware program across NSW, with online bookings and additional self-help options among the new offerings to be launched later this year.
More information about the 10 new service providers can be found at www.gambleaware.nsw.gov.au.
GambleAware Hunter & New England is funded through the NSW Government’s Office of Responsible Gambling.
GambleAware provides information, education and support for anyone affected by gambling in NSW.
It’s free and confidential
1800 497 065