Racing Victoria and the Victorian Jockeys Association provide support for jockeys and their families through the Jockey Assistance Program.

The Program has been developed to continue the professional approach to the sport and highlight the image of jockeys as highly-skilled athletes.

The program provides support to jockeys and their families in a number of different areas. The program consultants have expertise, qualifications and experience in the allied health and sporting fields

Who can access the Jockey Assistance Program?
The JAP is a free, confidential counselling service for apprentice, current, and retired jockeys plus members of their intermediate families (i.e. Partner, children, guardian, or parent). The idea of the program is to provide an initial counselling service. If further support is required, a referral will be made to an appropriate professional; doctor, physiotherapist, dietitian, financial adviser etc.
What can I talk to a counselor about?
  • Drug & Alcohol use/abuse
  • Relationship difficulties Injury and Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Family Issues
  • Abuse Depression
  • Anxiety Mental Health
  • Stress Childhood
  • Adolescent issues School related issues Workplace Issues
  • Anger Management Disability Career transition Financial stress
  • Bereavement/Grief Critical Incidents
  • DepressionConflict resolution
  • Career counselling
  • Performance issues
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Suicide
This service is totally confidential between you and your consultant.
How can I access the program?
To access the program please contact Jockey Assistance Program consultant Lisa Stevens on 0413 616 152 or

Alternatively, you may contact Racing Victoria’s Jockey Wellbeing and Safety Officer, Ron Hall on 0411 646 160 or or Matt Hyland from the Victorian Jockeys Association on 0408 753 951 or
Who is the consultant?
Lisa Stevens is the senior consultant and coordinator of the Jockey Assistance Program and is usually your first contact. In addition, the JAP also has access to psychologists in a number of specialist areas who are available to provide services to Jockey’s and their families.

Lisa has coordinated the JAP for over a decade and holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Anthropology & Psychology) a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology and a Master of Applied Psychology (Sport). Lisa is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), Member of the College of Sport and Exercise Psychology (CoSEP), Member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and Member of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). Lisa is also the senior critical incident consultant for RV VJA and AJA.
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Contact us
Ron Hall
Jockey Wellbeing and Safety Officer
M: 0411646160

Mathew Hyland

Victorian Jockeys Association
M: 0408 753 951

Lisa Stevens
Racing Mind
M: 0413 616 152