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SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

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BrittV (facilitator)
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SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:03 pm

Special event: Q&A with a financial counsellor.

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Financial counselling can be a really incredible service for assisting with money problems, but one that many of us don’t know too much about or aren’t sure how it can help.

This week, we’re feeling very excited and lucky to have Maria Turnbull here to answer your questions!

Maria is not only a fantastic Specialist Financial Counsellor through Odyssey House Victoria, she also received the Order of Australia medal for service to the community through social welfare organisations.
She is a strong advocate for YOU, and sharing the ways in which financial counselling can help you.

Post any questions you may have about financial counselling services, as well as some general advice she may have about managing debts, below.
You may know lots, or very little about the service, but there’s no such things as a bad question so ask away!

This thread will be open until Sunday for your questions, then we will send them through to Maria.
She will do her best to get us all informed, and share her answers next week.



Please be aware that this is an opportunity to talk about financial services in general. We do not give specific referrals or individualised advice through this platform.
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BrittV (facilitator)
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:35 pm

Maybe I'll get the ball rolling!

My question is who would you recommend financial counselling to or who do you think it's most helpful for?
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TimTam
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:22 am

I would love a description about how a financial counsellor supports people with gambling problems. What roles do they have?
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JoseJones
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:11 pm

I was hoping you could clarify a partner of a gambler may be able to protect their assets.

Also, what options are available to someone who has spent their entire pay on gambling and needs to pay for food?
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Calvin (facilitator)
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:36 pm

We know that financial counsellors can alleviate financial stress, but are there any potential limits to the financial counselling service ?
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How the F did I get here
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:42 am

Not a question. But I am glad I saw a financial planner when I hit absolute rock bottom!
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Mona58
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:15 am

Given the recent Royal Commission into the Banks.

How can the Banks assist with restrictions to accounts at the request of their customer? Do they have any moral obligations if they knowingly lend money to a chronic gambler?
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BrittV (facilitator)
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:53 pm

Fantastic question @Mona58, I look forward to Maria’s answer about this as justice for gamblers is something she’s both knowledgeable and passionate about!

@How the F did I get here I’m glad to hear you had a great experience with a financial counsellors.
Perhaps Maria could also describe to us How to know whether the financial counsellors you’ve accessed are as good as possible/ as beneficial as possible or not?

Just over 24 more hours to ask questions about advice and information. Did anyone else have a question? Don’t miss out!
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Re: SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with a financial counsellor!

Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:09 am

Thank you all for your amazing questions.

This thread is now closed as our guest prepares her answers!
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:23 pm

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