Welcome to the Racing Victoria Trainers’ Wellbeing Portal. This portal has been created to offer information on key areas of concern or interest, as raised by the Victorian thoroughbred training community.

Thoroughbred trainers and stable employees bring an incredible amount of commitment and passion to the racing industry. However, at times the demands, challenges and pressures of work can impact an individual’s overall wellbeing, including mental health.

The information on this page is designed to provide a greater understanding of how to manage a wellbeing issue and who to contact for help.

Potential stresses of the Racing Industry
Working in the racing industry presents unique challenges and demands. These can impact on your mental health in a variety of ways.

Listed below are some of the potential stresses that trainers and stable employees are exposed to:
  • Financial stress, e.g. debt recovery, income difficulties, fee structures
  • Competitive work industry
  • Physical injuries
  • Lack of work life balance - early starts, long hours
  • Fatigue
  • Job insecurity
  • Divorce or separation
  • Absue of alcohol or drugs
Important things to remember
If you are having a tough time, it is important to:
  • Tell others that you are struggling
  • Accept support from friends and family
  • Exercise and eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs
  • Avoid excessive gambling
  • Access financial support
  • Speak with your doctor