About ReSPIN

ReSPIN is a problem gambling prevention project run by North East Healthy Communities, made possible through a Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation grant.

ReSPIN recruits, trains and supports a pool of educators to talk to community groups, media and professionals about their experiences (including family members affected by a loved one’s gambling).

We aim to influence public discussions about gambling harm by giving a voice to people who have experienced various types of gambling, such as poker machines, sports betting and on-line gambling. Sessions can include a staff forum, an address to a service group or a presentation to students.

Want to book a speaker?

Please contact the ReSPIN team to discuss potential costing and bookings. Bookings are open to all community groups, not-for-profit agencies, commercial and not-for profit training events and conferences. We ask those who are able to contribute to the cost to do so.

To book a speaker please download the Booking Form, fill in the details and post or email it back to:

ReSPIN Co-ordinator
North East Healthy Communities, 21 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg 3081
Phone: 9450 2633

We will then be able to assign the most relevant speaker for your event.



“I loved the ReSPIN speaker’s story. Hearing victim’s stories of addiction and overcoming this to find hope and success is inspirational.”

“These community educators have been described as ‘courageous’ and ‘inspiring’ by members of the Clayton community and have moved audiences to tears in their ability to connect emotion and personal real life stories to this complex issue.”

“I really enjoyed the ReSPIN speaker, it was great that they included someone that had personal experience with a gambling issue.”

Become a speaker

If you have experience as a former gambler or someone who has been affected by gambling harm in another way, you might want to make new meaning of your experiences and become a ReSPIN speaker. In the last 12 months, ReSPIN has spoken to over 55 community, health and sporting groups and organisations about gambling. ReSPIN offers public speaking and communications training and ongoing professional development. Joining the ReSPIN Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau means you would also become part of a strong community educator group where there is always peer support.

If you would like to be a part of ReSPIN please contact the team on 9450 2633. For background information on the program, please read our leaflet.



The ReSPIN team

Gabi Byrne

Gabi is well known and respected for her knowledge, skills and commitment to preventing gambling harm spanning nearly 20 years. Since 2009, Gabi has trialed and evaluated eleven relapse revention programs and is about to complete her PhD on preventing problem gambling relapse.



Chandana Rao

Chandana migrated to Australia ten years ago. Shortly after migrating to Australia ten years ago, she shifted her career path from IT to community health and has not looked back. Chandana has volunteered and worked in gambling harm prevention for seven years, and has experience in the migrant, family violence, mental health and aged care sectors.

North East Healthy Communities acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.