DANA prize winners receive copies of Addiction Medicine Aug 2nd, 2023

DANA prize winners receive copies of Addiction Medicine

Professor John Saunders met with colleagues at the Drug & Alcohol Nurses of Australasia's (DANA) annual conference on the 2nd August to present copies of Addiction Medicine (2nd edition) by Oxford University Press to DANA's prize winners. 

DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia) is the peak nursing organisation in Australasia for  nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives with a professional interest in Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 

Formation of the Australian Gaming and Screen Alliance (AGASA) Jun 26th, 2023

The Australian Gaming & Screen Alliance ( was formed in 2023 by a network of allied health professionals who were concerned with the lack of robust information and guidance that was available to the Australian public about screen-based mental health disorders. The AGASA founding members are well-known public figures and researchers who are dedicated to proactively contributing to the improved wellbeing and support for Australian individuals and families who are facing issues with tech-related behavioural challenges. Professor John Saunders is currently Chairman of the board. 

AGASA  is committed to providing the Australian community with reliable information and advice on screen-based behaviours. The organisation aims to support families, schools and individuals through the unification of a trustworthy multidisciplinary group that provides advocacy and leadership around healthy gaming and technology use.

AGASA will be launching its first Symposium in Canberra ACT, September 14th, 2023 on problematic gaming and screen-related disorders. Further info

New research will uncover the risk indicators of harmful internet use among teenagers Feb 1st, 2023

A pioneering new study to address and reduce the risks of harmful internet use among teenagers is being led by University of Hertfordshire researchers.

Led by Naomi Fineberg, Professor of Psychiatry and a group of international researchers and global experts including Professor John Saunders, the Bootstrap project (Boosting Societal Adaptation and Mental Health in a Rapidly Digitalizing, Post-Pandemic Europe) is a new, Europe-wide study that will monitor how young people use the internet, understand which behaviours lead to harm and determine how these can be addressed.

Selected by Horizon Europe for a €7.5 million funding grant, the project is the first large-scale, standardised analysis of the impact of internet use on young people with such a broad and diverse range of participants. The results will be used to produce policy recommendations to address Problematic Use of the Internet (PUI) on an international scale.

Find out more about this pioneering new research 

New features added to AUDITSCREEN.ORG Mar 10th, 2020

AUDITSCREEN.ORG (, the free online resource for the AUDIT, was recently re-launched and updated with exciting new features which include:

  • Background information about the AUDIT (its development, utility in different settings, scoring etc)
  • An interactive self-test in English which provides feedback depending on your score
  • Almost 40 translations of the AUDIT into other languages
  • An online library of research papers on the AUDIT
  • Information on other resources such as the Drink-Less Program.

AUDITSCREEN.ORG was previously launched in response to consistently strong interest and queries from health professionals and researchers around the world for up-to-date information about the AUDIT, including the AUDIT’s availability in different languages, its use in different healthcare settings, research studies on the AUDIT and copyright matters. Access to the resource is free for members of the public who may be interested in the AUDIT, be they a health professional, researcher, student, patients and families of patients.

About the AUDIT 
The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test), was developed by John Saunders, and since its publication in 1989 has become the most frequently used alcohol screening and brief assessment instrument in the world. It provides a framework for intervention to help those with unhealthy alcohol use reduce or cease alcohol consumption and thereby avoid the harmful consequences of alcohol. 


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