MR GEPP (Northern Victoria) (10:03): I want to continue on the health theme raised by Ms Shing in her contribution and by Ms Maxwell. I want to tell you about a fantastic good-news story in my electorate of Northern Victoria. It is about an equine assisted learning centre in Trentham that is called Path of the Horse. At Path of the Horse they aim to assist people of all ages and from all walks of life who seek better mental health and wellbeing. They support particularly veterans, emergency services personnel and their families and others to better manage conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression. They help young people to discover coping mechanisms and assist them to understand their feelings and make more aware choices. They work with people with autism and those battling addiction, self-harm, grief and many other conditions.
They are a not-for-profit, and they use horses. They use horses to assist with the healing of people from all walks of life who are struggling with their wellbeing. Dean Mighell, Karyn Jones, Jane Lincoln, Malama McCall and all of the wonderful volunteers who come together and form this community board provide such a wonderful experience to so many people who are struggling with mental health. If you do not know of the Path of the Horse, please get to see them. They are in Trentham. At this time of year I would wear my winter woollies—it is a little bit on the cold side. But they are a sensational group of people, and I would encourage everybody to go and visit them and say hello and pat a horse.