Young cricketers at Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club during Cricket Victoria's first 'Love the Game' themed round in February 2017, photo: Paul Jeffers
The foundation's annual report for 2016–17 was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on Thursday 19 October 2017. It highlights our collaborative work over the past year to prevent and reduce gambling harm and provide professional support to those who need it.
Partnership was a big theme in 2016–17, and continues to be vital to achieving our objectives. Throughout the year we worked with a multitude of partners to address gambling harm across the spectrum – from the less severe to the severe end – as well as to abate the risks for people not yet experiencing harm.
Prevention and early intervention initiatives included public awareness campaigns, programs for young people delivered in collaboration with schools and sporting clubs, and prevention projects run by partner organisations in their local communities.
We continued to learn from the insights of our partners on the frontline, including people with lived experience of gambling harm, as well as from our research partners, who are contributing to a growing body of evidence on harm from gambling.
Partnership was a big theme in 2016–17, and continues to be vital to achieving our objectives.
Reflecting the importance of our relationships, and the fact that public health is the cornerstone of our work, we updated our mission statement in 2016–17.
Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians by working with our communities and government to deliver effective, evidence-based initiatives and innovative approaches to prevent gambling harm and provide support for those seeking help.
Our strategic plan for 2017–18 further emphasises our public health approach and partnerships as key to achieving our vision of a Victoria free from gambling harm.