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Professor John B. Saunders has had senior appointments at the Universities of Queensland and Sydney and the St John of God and Wesley private hospital groups in Australia. His career as a clinician, service director, researcher and academic in the alcohol and drug field extends back over 40 years.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Professor John Saunders has extensive connections with the addictions field internationally and regularly visits the United Kingdom, countries within continental Europe, the Nordic countries, the Middle East, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand and Singapore. 

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AUDIT Questionnaire

John Saunders has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) for many years and was responsible for developing the the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) questionnaire, a simple method of screening for excessive drinking and alcohol use disorders to assist in assessment.

It also provides a framework for intervention to help risky drinkers reduce or cease alcohol consumption and thereby avoid the harmful consequences of alcohol.

The AUDIT also helps to identify alcohol dependence and some specific consequences of harmful drinking.

It is particularly designed for health care practitioners and a range of health settings, but with suitable instructions it can be self-administered or used by non-health professionals.

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John Saunders has, since the late 1970s published findings from numerous scientific studies in the alcohol and drug field and in related aspects of medicine.

In addition, he has published several text books and has authored over 450 publications of which 360 are in the peer reviewed literature.

John Saunders is classified by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) as a highly Cited Scientist. His research papers in total have accumulated more than 48,000 citations.

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JB Saunders
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Speaking Engagements

Professor Saunders is an accomplished speaker on a wide range of topics and regularly appears as the keynote speaker at both local and international alcohol and drug conferences and mental health symposiums. He is also in demand to give lectures and workshops for general practitioners, medical specialists and other health professional groups. In addition, he provides briefings for government bodies and international organisations such as WHO.

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