Responsible Gambling Council Newscan
Volume 14 | Issue 24
Is Myth Busting an Effective Tool for Prevention?

Is Myth Busting An Effective Tool for Prevention?

Barry Koen-Butt, Director of Awareness Programs and Communications

In many of the prevention programs at RGC, we attempt to dispel myths and challenge beliefs to help people make better decisions if they choose to gamble. Myth busting is problematic, though, because not all beliefs are created equal. It’s one thing to show that slot machine venues can’t adjust slot payouts on the fly—and quite another to challenge beliefs that are based in culture, religion or superstition.



DEADLINE: June 22, 2012

Alberta Gambling Research Institute Research Grant Proposals

For the 2012-13 proposal cycle, the following stakeholder identified priorities will receive particular consideration:

  • Internet gambling
  • Indigenous/First Nations gambling
  • Longitudinal follow-up studies
  • Public policy
  • Provision and delivery of effective treatment programs

Proposals on these topics are encouraged but submissions are not restricted to only these topics. Interested applicants should submit the completed application to their respective Research Grants Office contact.


Request for Proposals: Manitoba Gambling Research Program

The Manitoba Gambling Research Program is now accepting proposals and grant applications from across Canada in 2 categories.  

  • Research Grants: Small Grants (up to $50,000). Deadline for submissions is July 16, 2012.
  • Conference Grants (up to $2,000) are accepted year-round.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2012

Call for Papers: 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies Conference

NAGS would like to welcome submissions for presentations at the 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) Conference to be held November 21-23, 2012 in Tasmania.

The theme of this year’s conference relates to the challenges and opportunities associated with developments in technology and gambling. However, presenters are also invited to submit abstracts relating to a wider range of issues in gambling and gaming research.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2012

Call for Papers: First Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research

The Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS) would like to invite you to submit your papers/abstracts for the First Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research (APCG2012), which will be held between 5-8 November 2012, in Macao, China.

Research on gambling and commercial gaming from perspectives in the following fields are welcome:

  • psychology
  • law and regulation
  • marketing and management
  • economics
  • public policy
  • medical science
  • ...and others

DEADLINE: August 2, 2012

Call for Research Proposal: Gambling Research Australia

GRA is seeking responses to a tender for a national research study reporting on Responsible Gambling Environments – Gambler Self-Help Strategies. The study will identify gambler self-help strategies used in the recovery process from a gambling or perceived gambling problem.

The study will also identify the motivations for using such strategies and how self-recovered gamblers differ from those who are still addressing their problems.


Call for Applications: MLSYA Data Access Program

As of April 1, 2012, the Manitoba Longitudinal Study of Young Adults (MLSYA) Data Access Program began accepting applications from Manitoba researchers who would like to use this unique dataset for their own research studies.

The MLSYA followed a longitudinal sample (n=679) of 18 to 20 year olds from across Manitoba over a five year period from 2007 to 2011. 

Call for submission

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July 13-14, 2012

26th National Conference on Problem Gambling

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

September 18, 2012

European Association of Gambling Issues Pre-Conference Workshops

Loutraki, Greece

September 18-21, 2012

9th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues 

Loutraki, Greece

November 12-15, 2012

54th International Conference on Alcohol and Addictions

Montreal, Canada

November 21-23, 2012

NAGS 22nd Annual Conference 2012

Launceston, Tasmania

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