Auckland N.Z. Hosts 2010 International Gambling Conference

Published Thursday, February 11, 2010 -

Gambling in the 21st Century and the Implications of Technology for Policy, Practice and Research, will be hosted by the AUT Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, the Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Maori Public Health organization and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand. The AUT university Gambling and Addictions Research Centre was established in 2003 within the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research. However, Auckland University of Technology has been significantly involved in gambling research since 1991. The emphasis of the Centre is on the conduct of applied research that informs policy and professional practice in public education, population health and primary and secondary health care.

The 2010 International Gambling Conference, is being held at Auckland's Crowne Plaza Hotel from 24th to 26th of February, and will explore the impact of technology on gambling. Leading international and local academics and researchers will share their expertise at the Conference which promises to bring into sharp focus how the face of gambling is changing with new and emerging technologies. The growth of online gambling promises to be a topic of some interest with Professor Robert Williams from the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, University of Lethbridge, Canada, presenting the results of a comprehensive review on internet gambling and an online study of 12,500 international online gamblers. The programme for the event will include papers, workshops and posters with a technology focus and other innovative practices for research that advances knowledge on gambling policy and professional practice both for the industry leaders and politicians. Over 250 delegates are expected at the Conference from around New Zealand and overseas, including Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Graham Aitken from the Problem Gambling Foundation was excited to have the Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Maori Public Health organization as one of the hosts for this year's congress, adding that several speakers will talk about problem gambling and how it impacts indigenous communities.



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