Plenary Session 3: Michael Walker Memorial Lecture

Panel Discussion on Developments in Cashless Gaming

Cashless gaming has become an increasing feature of our lives; cash is not used as often anymore;  reduced even further during the COVID pandemic;  cashless gaming may increasingly be a more efficient way for venues to operate -it may reduce money-handling, reduce the amount of time staff spend dealing with physical money; cashless gaming may also have implications for introducing more harm minimization features and also reducing money laundering.

Moderator: Anna Thomas


Paul Delfabbro : Paul graduated from the University of Adelaide with degrees in Arts, Commerce and Economics and a PhD in psychology. He has published extensively in several areas, including the psychology of gambling, child protection and child welfare and applied cognition.  He has over 350 publications in these areas including over 300 national and international refereed journal articles. His principal areas of current interest are in the assessment of product risk, developments in advanced digital technologies including blockchain and decentralised finance

Sally GainsburyProfessor Gainsbury is Director of Australia’s only university-affiliated gambling treatment clinic and Editor of the academic journal International Gambling Studies. Her research aims to increase the understanding of gambling harms to inform the design and evaluation of policies to prevent and minimise gambling problems. She has published over 125 academic peer-review papers and provided expertise for numerous international government, industry, and community organisations.

Sarah Hare : Sarah is the principal director of Schottler Consulting and has a postgraduate degree in psychology from the University of Queensland. She has been involved with gambling research since the early 2000s and has completed many significant studies into gambling, including early work into precommitment; she has overseen major pre-commitment trials; written a major review of cashless gaming; and, major longitudinal prevalence studies in Victoria, studies of gaming features and their effect on behaviour, amongst other work. 

Thomas Swanton :Tom is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on innovative strategies to reduce gambling-related financial harm. He was awarded a PhD scholarship through the NSW Government’s Gambling Research Capacity Grants program, funded by the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund.


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