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WALES YOUTH FORUM ON GAMBLING
CARDIFF BAY 27 JUNE 2019
SPONSORED BY DARREN MILLAR AM
Prof. Samantha Thomas
Associate Professor Of Public Health,
Deakin University, Australia
Samantha is a public health sociologist and qualitative expert at the Centre for Population Health Research. She specialises in understanding the impact of industry tactics on health behaviours. Samantha has worked in a number of areas of health, including mental health, and obesity, but is most well known for her research into the commercial determinants of gambling harm, and public health advocacy responses to these.
A/Prof Samantha Thomas is Associate Professor of Public Health at Deakin University. She started her career at the World Health Organisation in Geneva before embarking on a career in academia at Kings College in London. She currently leads a research group at Deakin University which investigates the impact of government policies, and industry tactics, on gambling related harm. Samantha is most well known for her research and advocacy on the impact of gambling marketing on young people. This research has had a major impact on the restriction of gambling promotions during live sport and in community spaces. She is a regular commentator in local and international media, and has testified to numerous parliamentary inquiries. Her current research collaborates with local councils and non-governmental organisations in Victoria to understand the impact of industry tactics on the gambling behaviours of older adults, and young women, and aims to develop innovative strategies to disrupt the normalisation of gambling.
Samantha has an extensive track record in competitive grant funding, and has received grants from ARC, NHMRC, Victorian Department of Justice, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, and the AFL Research Board. Her two most recent ARC Discovery Grants explore the ways in which Australian families interpret and respond to weight messaging, and the impact of sports betting marketing on the gambling attitudes and behaviours of young men, and children.
Samantha is also conducting research funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation on the contributing factors to problem gambling stigma; mapping and monitoring gambling industry tactics; and understanding the processes that may lead to the normalisation of gambling.
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Wales Youth Forum on Gambling
Living Room Cardiff
58 Richmond Road
Cardiff CF24 3AT
029 2030 2101