NSWIS wants to make sure everyone within our organisation – past and present – feels safe to share their experiences and seek support if they ever need it.
We want to make sure you are aware of AIS Be Heard, a free, independent, and confidential support service for current and former athletes, coaches, and staff in Australian high performance sport.
We will always encourage you to use the wellbeing services within our organisation as you need them, but we also understand you may feel more comfortable turning to someone else for help on occasions. Our main priority is that you do seek and get that support if, and when, you need it.
Everyone in sport should feel supported and provided help if, and when, they need it.
AIS Be Heard is independent, free and confidential.
— Australian Institute of Sport (@theAIS) October 9, 2021
The AIS Be Heard website details some of the issues you may want to discuss and how they 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 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:
1800 565 965 (Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm AEST)