AIS Be Heard – a free support service for all our people in high performance

by Val Febbo

Bowls Australia (BA) aims to ensure that everyone within the sport feels safe to share their experiences and seek support if they ever need it, particularly those that have been tasked with the highest honour of representing our great nation or contributing to its success on the international arena.

The Australian Institute of Sport has recently launched AIS Be Heard, a free, independent and confidential support service for current and former athletes, coaches and staff in Australian high-performance sport.

BA encourages the use of the wellbeing services and support that exist within the organisation as the need arises, but recognise that some may feel more comfortable turning to someone external for help on occasion; the main priority is that you do seek and get that support if, and when, you need it.

The AIS Be Heard website details some of the issues available for discussion and outlines how the service can help. It can be anonymous and there are no obligations – you are in control of your situation and how you’d like it to be handled.

AIS Director of People Development and Wellbeing, Matti Clements, said the AIS had launched Be Heard this year to further enhance wellbeing support, especially for those dealing with any negative experiences.

“No one should feel the burden of bottling-up information about unacceptable incidents or practices during their time in high performance sport,” Clements said.

“If you’re not sure where to go for support, AIS Be Heard is the best place to start. There’s opportunities to discuss things anonymously if you feel more comfortable. What matters most is you know there’s support available if, and when, you are ready to reach out.

“By contacting AIS Be Heard, you will be assisted by an independent integrity provider who can help you with the most appropriate support for your needs. No matter how long ago something may have happened, you will be heard.”

Find out more or get in touch:

www.ais.gov.au/AISBe-Heard

1800 565 965 (Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm AEST)

aisbeheard@coreintegrity.com.au