Keynotes announced!

Warm greetings to you all!

In this update we announce the theme for IGC 2018, our exciting line up of keynote speakers and issue a warning about accommodation in Auckland over the time of the conference.

We are looking forward to an inspiring and thought-provoking conference!

Conference theme

The theme for IGC 2018 is:

Flipping the iceberg on gambling harm, mental health and co-existing issues.

This theme has been chosen to reflect the complexities of gambling harm with the iceberg analogy used to portray how important it is to look at ‘what lies below the surface’ as well as what is presented on top. Gambling harms rarely occur in isolation. Read more

Keynote speakers

We are very excited about the amazing line-up of keynote speakers we have confirmed for IGC.

Wiremu NiaNia is a Maori healer, who worked for Te Whare Marie, the Maori mental health service at Capital Coast District Health Board in Wellington. He is also co-author of the book Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy.

Dr Vladimir Poznyak from the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organisation (WHO). His current area of interest is gaming as the boundaries with gambling are becoming increasingly blurred.

Dr Samson Tse, Professor in Mental Health, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Director of Master of Social Sciences in Counselling in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the University of Hong Kong. Prof Tse has had a long- standing interest in supporting people affected by gambling harms and mental health issues by using recovery approach and strengths-based interventions.

Rebecca Cassidy from Goldsmiths, University of London, is a social anthropologist who has worked for many years on horse racing, horse breeding and gambling. She is co-author of Fair Game, an open access report published in 2014, which used interviews with 109 executives, researchers, policy makers and treatment providers to argue for a more transparent and vibrant gambling research culture.

Full bios and photos will be on our website shortly.

Warning about accommodation!

Please book your accommodation for the conference NOW!

We understand that many of you won’t know at this stage whether you are attending, but accommodation is extremely difficult to find over the dates of the Conference due to the Volvo Ocean Race. We are trying to find hotels/motels that may have vacancies but it is proving to be difficult. We will keep you updated and put information on the website as it becomes available but we urge you not to leave this until the last minute.

Can’t wait till IGC 2018?

Check out our IGC YouTube channel and watch some of the presentations from IGC 2016.

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Follow us at @IGCnz for regular updates leading up to and during IGC 2018.

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