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The Panel Gambleaware Coffs Harbour

October 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join a panel of local experts to discuss the real cost of gambling in our community

You are invited to register your attendance at this event for GambleAware Week here:

The Panel GambleAware Week

Light refreshments will be served at the event (gluten free options available)

Join a panel of local experts to discuss the real cost of gambling in our community

The Panel

Meet the Panelists

Vince Jensen

Vince Jensen is currently the Gambleaware Ambassador and the Senior Gambling Counselor for GambleAware Mid and Northern NSW. For the past ten years, his work has included providing free and confidential counselling to people adversely affected by gambling.

Vince works with gamblers, as well as their partner, family, and friends, over a wide variety of gambling related issues, including financial issues, mental and physical health issues, drug and alcohol issues, relationship issues, legal issues, trauma, social isolation, and homelessness.

Vince brings a wealth of experience to the role including over 10 years of experience as a family and relationship counsellor and Family Dispute Resolution practitioner.  He also worked in child protection and for many years worked with the homeless.

Vince is passionate about working with people on the barriers stopping them from living a genuine and satisfying life.  Vince uses a strength based, mindfulness approach to bring awareness to every issue.  Vince is interested in a transformation of one’s life, not just a situational or behavioral change.

Vince graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work from San Diego State University and immigrated to Australia in 1999.     

Ashley Gordon

Ashley is a proud Aboriginal man from the western-NSW community of Brewarrina, a descendent of the Gamilaroi and Barkindji people.

After a successful career in rugby league with the Newcastle Knights, Ashley is actively involved in the Gambling Help sector with extensive experience working with more the 200 Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Ashley has vast experience in community education, awareness, help seeking and the delivery of successful programs for Indigenous peoples and communities.

Addressing the impacts of gambling in Aboriginal communities is his passion highlighted by the appointment to the federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling and the Expert Advisory Group for the Australian Gambling Research centre. A gambling counsellor with 20 years’ experience and six years has a gambling researcher with the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University at Lismore.  He currently joined the National Suicide Prevention Trial Evaluation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sub-Committee.

Ashley is the Executive Director of NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services, where he manages the GambleAware Aboriginal service, which targets Aboriginal communities and GambleAware organisations across NSW each year.

Ashley Gordon

Ashley is a proud Aboriginal man from the western-NSW community of Brewarrina, a descendent of the Gamilaroi and Barkindji people.

After a successful career in rugby league with the Newcastle Knights, Ashley is actively involved in the Gambling Help sector with extensive experience working with more the 200 Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Ashley has vast experience in community education, awareness, help seeking and the delivery of successful programs for Indigenous peoples and communities.

Addressing the impacts of gambling in Aboriginal communities is his passion highlighted by the appointment to the federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling and the Expert Advisory Group for the Australian Gambling Research centre. A gambling counsellor with 20 years’ experience and six years has a gambling researcher with the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University at Lismore.  He currently joined the National Suicide Prevention Trial Evaluation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sub-Committee.

Ashley is the Executive Director of NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services, where he manages the GambleAware Aboriginal service, which targets Aboriginal communities and GambleAware organisations across NSW each year.

Vince Jensen

Vince is currently the Gambleaware Ambassador and the Senior Gambling Counselor for GambleAware Mid and Northern NSW. For the past ten years, his work has included providing free and confidential counselling to people adversely affected by gambling.

Vince works with gamblers, as well as their partner, family, and friends, over a wide variety of gambling related issues, including financial issues, mental and physical health issues, drug and alcohol issues, relationship issues, legal issues, trauma, social isolation, and homelessness.

Vince brings a wealth of experience to the role including over 10 years of experience as a family and relationship counsellor and Family Dispute Resolution practitioner.  He also worked in child protection and for many years worked with the homeless.

Vince is passionate about working with people on the barriers stopping them from living a genuine and satisfying life.  Vince uses a strength based, mindfulness approach to bring awareness to every issue.  Vince is interested in a transformation of one’s life, not just a situational or behavioral change.

Vince graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work from San Diego State University and immigrated to Australia in 1999.

Ashley Gordon

Ashley is a proud Aboriginal man from the western-NSW community of Brewarrina, a descendent of the Gamilaroi and Barkindji people.

After a successful career in rugby league with the Newcastle Knights, Ashley is actively involved in the Gambling Help sector with extensive experience working with more the 200 Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Ashley has vast experience in community education, awareness, help seeking and the delivery of successful programs for Indigenous peoples and communities.

Addressing the impacts of gambling in Aboriginal communities is his passion highlighted by the appointment to the federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling and the Expert Advisory Group for the Australian Gambling Research centre. A gambling counsellor with 20 years’ experience and six years has a gambling researcher with the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University at Lismore.  He currently joined the National Suicide Prevention Trial Evaluation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sub-Committee.

He is the Executive Director of NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services, where he manages the GambleAware Aboriginal service, which targets Aboriginal communities and GambleAware organisations across NSW each year.

Carol Hart

Aunty Carol has been employed with NSW Health for the past 18 years.

Aunty Carol is a Dunghuttii woman, having lived and worked on Gumbaingirr Country since she was 16.

Currently holding two positions within the Mid North Coast Local Health District, Aboriginal Health Worker and District Aboriginal Health RTD (Respecting the Difference) Co-Ordinator, Aunty Carol works closely within community supporting and guiding her clients to engage with appropriate services to meet their needs.

"Delivering these services help benefit my community and enhances a suitable environment. One program in particular that brings people together is The Health Forum during NAIDOC week". Aunty Carol believes that having a place for all the local organisations to come together, promote the services they offer and keep uptodate with each other is essential to providing the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Aunty Carol has lived and worked in community for over 40 years, witnessing changes and experiencing first hand the varied and complex health issues challenges can cause.

Details

Date:
October 16, 2023
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Venue

CEX Coffs, Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour
2-6 Vernon Street
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450 Australia
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Phone
02 6652 3888

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