Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Conferences and events

Past workshops/conferences - New Zealand


February 2008: The Auckland University of Technology's Gambling Research Centre and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand co-hosted the conference titled "Looking forward: New Directions in Research and Minimising Public Harm".

September 2006: The Auckland University of Technology's Gambling Research Centre and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand co-hosted the conference titled "Gambling and its Impacts - Policy, Practice and Research Perspectives".

July 2005: CGS was a co-sponsor for the Problem Gambling Foundation’s Conference:"Living with gambling - a global community response" which took place in Auckland, New Zealand and looked at the impact of gambling from the perspectives of treatment, the community, government, public health and diverse cultures. Follow the link below to download presentations and papers from the PGF website.

View presentations from Living with gambling - a global community response.

February 2005: "Motivational Interviewing: Advanced Motivational Interviewing & Introduction to Motivational Interviewing" was aimed at healthcare professionals from a wide range of behavioural and medical settings. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based clinical method for helping people engage and maintain in behavioural change. It combines the client-centred counselling style of Carl Rogers with directive psychological methods to help clients increase motivation for change, resolve ambivalence, strengthen commitment, and carry through with behaviour change. Originally developed for helping people with alcohol/drug problems, MI is now being applied more widely in medical settings, criminal justice, rehabilitation and mental health settings. Specific adaptations of MI have also been developed for use in medical settings where patient contact time is more limited.

February 2005: The 2005 New Zealand School of Addictions (NZSA) took place in Hamilton, New Zealand. The NZSA brought together acclaimed local and international researchers and practitioners to provide the most current evidence-based clinical training to practitioners in the field of addiction. This was a unique opportunity to develop therapy skills directly from master clinicians in the addiction field. The conference was attended by health care practitioners working in addiction, dual diagnosis and mental health settings. The theme for the 2005 NZSA was Expanding the Clinical Toolkit. The 2005 New Zealand School of the Addictions was presented by: Centre for Gambling Studies, University of Auckland; National Addiction Centre, University of Otago; Waikato District Health Board; Waitemata District Health Board; and, Ministry of Health.

November 2004: "Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium II: Advancing Theory, Research and Applications for Tobacco, Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling" was the second Colloquium of its kind (the first being held in September 2003, at the University of Melbourne). It provided a stimulating academic forum in which ideas and approaches to dangerous consumptions were shared and debated. Topics included applications to dangerous consumptions of ideas from different paradigms and disciplines. Available presentations from this conference can be accessed via the link below.

September 2003: "Gambling through a Public Health Lens: Health Promotion, harm minimisation and treatment" was the first international conference to view gambling as a public health issue. Co-hosted by The Centre for Gambling Studies/The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, it attracted over 200 delegates from around the world. The purpose of the conference was to address gambling from the perspective of public health. This was appropriate, because the New Zealand government is the first in the world to officially acknowledge that gambling is a significant public health issue. This conference was timely as it coincided with the Responsible Gambling Bill passing into law and becoming The Gambling Act. During the conference, delegates were involved in the development of a draft international charter for gambling and public health.

March 2002: A high level national workshop entitled “Preparing for a Responsible Gambling Strategy” was held at the Copthorne Harbourside Hotel, Auckland and was co-hosted by The Centre for Gambling Studies/The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand. The purpose of the workshop was to raise awareness of and encourage discussions around responsible gambling and coincided with a call for submissions on the Government's draft Responsible Gambling Bill. There were various breakout streams aimed at discussing and reaching agreement on the issues and actions that should form part of a 3 to 5 year responsible gambling strategy for the nominated population/issue.

July 2001: The 2nd International Conference on gambling entitled “Gambling: Understanding and Minimising Harm” was held at the Carlton Hotel, Auckland and was hosted by The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand. As with other countries, New Zealand is witnessing rapid proliferation in gambling with little regard for social and economic impacts. The conference theme, therefore, was selected to spark energetic debate on how to balance the appetite for gambling with its negative impacts. The conference also coincided with a critical time when government was reviewing the social policy and regulatory framework for gambling in New Zealand. The conference comprised the first major attempt at an international overview on the regulation and consumption of gambling and the implications for those involved in research, clinical practice, health promotion, education, public policy, regulation and licensing. In particular, the conference provided for the establishment for an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) to review and monitor the growth of gambling and its social and economic ramifications.