Having access to the right services at the right time can boost the health and wellbeing of individuals and their families. A range of independent counselling and related services are outlined below. You can be confident that due to this independence your discussions will be confidential and no personal information will be passed on.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Alcohol and Drug Foundation 

Preventing alcohol and other drug harms in Australia through information and facts

Phone: 1300 85 85 84

Website: www.adf.org.au


Kirra Fitzgerald
0437 695 768
Participant Wellbeing Manager

Kirra grew up on the Darling Downs in Queensland on a small thoroughbred stud. She was fortunate enough to be involved in all areas of reproduction, foaling and the handling and preparation of yearlings for the annual Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast. She has also been involved in the racing industry from an owner’s perspective as well as holding her strappers licence for a duration of time. During this time Kirra was also attending university, studying in the field of Psychology. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a registered General psychologist.

Safe Steps


Telephone: 1800 015 188

Family Violence Response Centre that provides a support network for those experiencing abuse. They focus on women and young people making sure they are able to live free from abuse with an ultimate goal to eliminate family violence.

  • 24/7 family violence response phone line
  • Emergency accommodation
  • Pet accommodation

Urgent Help

Racing Victoria does not provide an emergency or instant response service. If you are feeling suicidal or in a crisis please seek help immediately.

If you are in Australia please call:

  • Triple Zero (000) in an Emergency
  • Lifeline (13 11 14)
  • Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467)


Focus on counselling to support and advice individuals or loved ones suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma and those at risk of suicide.

  • Free 24/7 over-the-phone counselling and support
  • Free Chatline

Free Community forums – operate on-line through a log-in

Telephone: 1300 224 636
Website: www.beyondblue.org.au

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia

Providing counselling, family dispute resolution, family violence prevention services, rural and remote services, problem gambling and education programs.

  • Support counselling for individuals, couples and families to improve their relationships
  • Dispute resolution and mediation (family)

Telephone: 1300 364 277
Website: www.relationships.org.au




  • Free 24 hour counselling support services
  • Up to four free face-to-face counselling sessions

Telephone: 1300 520 122
Website: www.lifeline.org.au



Focus on improving the health and wellbeing of licenced and registered participants and their families, in the Racing Industry in Victoria.

  • Free 24 hour phone counselling support services
  • Up to four free face-to-face counselling sessions

Telephone: 1300 520 122

Website: www.stableline.com.au