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 the World Health Organization (WHO).

Upcoming conferences:

Seminar on "Advancing Health Equity in the context of Substance Use Disorders in Thailand", Mahidol University, Thailand, June 26th (World Drug Day) - Keynote speaker 

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) annual conference, August 2-4, Sydney Australia

International Conference on Behavioural Addictions (ICBA), August 23-25, Incheon, South Korea. Presentation on “Evidence for the Existence of Harmful Gaming”

Australian Gaming & Screens Alliance: Symposium on problematic gaming and screen-related disorders, September 14th, Canberra ACT 

International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Annual Congress, November 2-4, Marrakesh, Morocco

Recent presentations:

“Diagnostic guidelines and clinical features of gaming disorder” (with case study). Invited speaker at WHO Panel Discussion, 25 August 2023

“The nature and characterisation of Gaming Disorder in ICD-11” Invited speaker at WHO Symposium, 25 August 2023

“Evidence for Harmful Gaming as a diagnostic entity” Presentation given at the International Conference on Behavioural Addictions (ICBA), Incheon, South Korea, 24 August 2023

“Videogaming:  When does fun end?”  Plenary lecture given at the International Webinar Series on Gambling and Behavioural Addictions, Gibraltar, Europe hosted by the University of Gibraltar, Yale University, the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Addictions, the World Psychiatric Association and the International Society of Addiction Medicine, 7 June 2023. 

“When videogaming changes from fun to compulsion” Keynote address at the Annual Symposium of the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, University of Queensland, 28 April 2023.

Watch some of John's presentations 

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