Edition #12: Talk. Share. Support.

Bill Veerman, photo: Paul Jeffers
Bill Veerman, photo: Paul Jeffers
Bill Veerman, photo: Paul Jeffers

A winning strategy, eventually

Having bet on horses since he was 17, Bill says winning streaks always end the same way: losing big. But his final winning streak ended when he was also stricken with grief. Today, helping others, he feels better than ever about himself.

Photo of a smiling middle-aged man with short brown hair, wearing glasses, a white polo shirt, navy jacket and red scarf, sitting against a tree, parklands behind.
Photo of a smiling middle-aged man with short brown hair, wearing glasses, a white polo shirt, navy jacket and red scarf, sitting against a tree, parklands behind.

Breaking free

Brendan Ivermee grew up surrounded by gambling and went on to develop his own destructive and secret gambling problem. Now, three years after being freed from prison, he’s on a mission to help others start over.

Photo of smiling woman with hair pulled back tightly and wearing glasses and a black T-shirt with an MDAS logo on it, she is standing outside against a red brick wall.
Photo of smiling woman with hair pulled back tightly and wearing glasses and a black T-shirt with an MDAS logo on it, she is standing outside against a red brick wall.

Common ground

An ancient way of sharing stories and ideas took centre stage at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Gambling Harm Conference 2018.

Photo of a young man in a cap hugging a young woman outdoors on a sunny day, two other young men in the background, one holding a football - all are wearing black and red football guernseys.
Photo of a young man in a cap hugging a young woman outdoors on a sunny day, two other young men in the background, one holding a football - all are wearing black and red football guernseys.

Greater than the sum of our parts

Collaboration is a strong theme in both our 2017–18 annual report and our strategic plan for the next three years. We are committed to working with others to improve community health and wellbeing.