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Call for papers for new series in Harm Reduction Journal

Flipping the iceberg on gambling harm reduction and prevention: Challenges, opportunities, and pathways to policy reform.

Gambling is now a well recognised public health issue. Gambling products are readily accessible and available, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with individuals able to gamble, and lose more money on high intensity products than ever before. While some countries have adopted a public health approach to gambling, many harm reduction policies focus on ‘responsible gambling’, rather than addressing the range of individual, socio-cultural, environmental, industry, and political factors that may contribute to harmful gambling.

The following thematic series of Harm Reduction Journal aims to understand the range of factors that may be contributing to gambling harm, and strategies to ensure that comprehensive policies are implemented to reduce, and ultimately prevent this harm. In particular, the series seeks to understand the challenges facing gambling harm prevention and reduction, and to provide a range of strategies to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

We invite a broad range of papers for this special edition which will coincide with the International Gambling Conference 2018: Flipping the iceberg on gambling harm, mental health, and co-existing conditions. The conference is co-hosted by the AUT Gambling Addictions and Research Centre, and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand ( 

All papers should directly address the implications of their research for gambling harm prevention or reduction. Papers will be reviewed and published as soon as accepted. Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2018.

The series will be edited by Samantha Thomas (Centre for Population Health Research, Deakin University, Australia) and Maria Bellringer (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand).