This is just the second time this conference has been run, so it is still very much in its infancy. It was a fascinating few days of presentations, learning, professional development, networking and of course shopping.
PGF staff presents
Andree presented on the campaign we conducted with two Auckland high schools where students put together a public service announcement on gambling as part of their NCEA media studies project.
He wrote an insightful easy-to-read book called The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease. If you want to read it, we have copies in our PGF library.
Another standout keynote was Dr Bruce Bolam, (Executive Manager, Programs Group, VicHealth) who spoke on public health with regard to gambling and about our learnings from the harm reduction effected from previous tobacco campaigns.
In addition to the opportunity to network with our Trans-Tasman partners in Victoria, a few of us had the opportunity to enjoy the city. As beautiful and navigable as Melbourne is, I discovered it was a dangerous city. The shopping was so prolific; I was at serious risk of injuring my credit card. Surely this is a health and safety issue that can be addressed in preparation for the Many Ways to Help Conference 2018.