In 2018, St. John of God Health Care established the Professor John Saunders Scholarship Award. This is to be awarded on an annual basis to a member of staff at St. John of God Richmond Hospital on a competitive basis. The scholarship provides financial support to undertake a graduate certificate or masters course in addiction studies, specifically through the University of Adelaide. The inaugural recipient, Stephanie Thompson, is about to embark on her course work while continuing her position as a registered nurse at Richmond Hospital.
A one-day conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 8 May 2018 on “ICD-11 – Disorders due to Substance Use for Addictive Behaviours”. The conference was jointly hosted by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation Centre for Alcohol Studies, the Department of Society and Health at Mahidol University, and the Institute of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Chang Mai University. John Saunders was the guest of honour and gave the opening address on the “Clinical and public health policy implications of ICD-11 substance use and addictive disorders”.
The photograph shows John Saunders with university staff and his hosts in Thailand including Professor Sawitri Assanangkornchai, Dr. Phunnapa Kittirattanapaiboon and Dr. Darunee Phukao.