Author: Dr Jane Oakes

Dr. Jane Oakes PhD


Professional Summary

Dr. Jane Oakes Ph.D. is a renowned expert in the field of gambling addiction treatment and research, with a career spanning over several decades. Her significant roles have included serving as the Gambling Services Coordinator for Turning Point’s National Telephone and Online Services and the Gambling Topic Coordinator and lecturer within the Master of Addictive Behaviours program at Monash University. Dr. Janes Oakes Ph.D. has held prestigious positions at the Statewide Gambling Service and Flinders University, contributing as a team leader, senior clinician, training coordinator, and lecturer.



    • Research focused on the patterns of relapse in problem gamblers, particularly within the context of electronic gaming machines. The findings have led to deeper insights into the psychological processes contributing to gambling addiction and relapse.

Clinical and Academic Expertise

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
    Masters degree in CBT with expertise in providing treatment and supervising clinicians for various conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, trauma AOD (including the Matrix program for methamphetamine), and problem gambling.
  • Gambling Addiction
    Significant contribution to the understanding and treatment of gambling addiction, with a particular focus on the phenomenon of “the zone” experienced by gamblers during relapse.
  • Telehealth and Online Treatment
    Pioneering work in online gambling treatment groups, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure continued access to evidence-based treatments.

Role at

Clinical Reviewer: Dr. Jane Oakes is the clinical reviewer at, where she ensures the content’s clinical accuracy and trustworthiness. She reviews materials against current research and clinical standards in addiction and mental health, enhancing the platform’s reliability.

Expertise: Dr. Oakes brings to a specialized expertise in psychological interventions for problem gambling, mental health issues, and addictive behaviors. Her in-depth knowledge, rooted in years of clinical practice and academic research, directly aligns with the topics discussed on the platform. She ensures that the insights and recommendations shared on are not only theoretically sound but also practically applicable, providing tangible benefits to individuals seeking help. Her expertise reinforces the site’s commitment to delivering content that is not just informative, but also transformative, equipping users with the knowledge and tools they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Career Highlights and Awards

  • Turning Point’s National Telephone and Online Services
    • Coordinated gambling services, providing support and treatment strategies.
  • PsychMed
    • Program Facilitator / Clinical Lead (Gambling Programs).
  • Monash University
    • Topic Coordinator and lecturer within the Master of Addictive Behaviours Program.

Awards for Exceptional Service

    • Eastern Health Travelling Scholarship (2016)
    • Eastern Health Value Awards Excellence Telephone and Online Services Team (2016)
    • Nurse Excellence Award for South Australia (2010)
    • James Nash Academic Book Award Hillcrest Hospital (1983)

Publications and Research

Latest Publications:

    • Case Study Demonstration of the Potential Acceptability and Effectiveness of a Novel Telehealth Treatment for People Experiencing Gambling Harm.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2022)
    • The Frantic Seeking of Credit during Poker Machine Problem Gambling: A Public Health Perspective.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2020)
    • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Online Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Helping Someone Experiencing Gambling Problems.” Advances in Mental Health (2020)

For more research publications visit Dr. Jane Oake’s Google Scholar or Research Gate Profiles.

Contributions to Treatment Programs

Online Gambling Treatment Group

Established and coordinated a treatment group with senior social worker Vicky Northe, implementing weekly online treatment sessions using evidence-based treatments, with a successful track record in helping clients recover from gambling harms.

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