Advisory Panel

David Caldicott

David Caldicott is an Irish Emergency Consultant, living and working in Canberra – he holds conjoint academic positions with the University of Canberra, and the Australian National University.
David is the co-recipient of an NH&MRC Partnership grant as part of the ‘Driving Change project’. He is currently the Clinical Lead at the Australian Drug Observatory of The ANU.
David has always been ‘disruptive’. He wrote and delivered Australia’s first medicinal cannabis course, conceived to teach clinicians the science behind the headlines. He also designed & negotiated Australia’s first sanctioned ‘pill testing’ trial in the ACT in 2018.
David has an Irishman’s interest in influencing politics to effect evidence based policy, and is an expert on illicit drugs for the Australian Science Media Centre.

Patrycja Slawuta (USA)

Patrycja Slawuta (USA)

Patrycja Slawuta is a New York City based behavioral scientist. She completed her Masters Degree at the University of Warsaw where here research centered around moral emotions of guilt and shame. Her academic work has been presented at various scientific conferences and published in articles and books on social psychology. After a successful academic career, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation. With a network of 50+ scientists and domain experts, SelfHackathon helps high performing individuals, teams and companies hack, rewire and upgrade themselves. Her latest initiative is called PsychTech, the seamless fusion of psychology and technology to enhance and accelerate performance and results. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and the messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive businesses in the world.

Professor Avni Sali AM Headshot

Prof Avni Sali AM

MBBS PhD FRACS FACS FACNEM

Founding Director of NIIM, and Member of the Scientific Board of The European Congress for Integrative Medicine. He is former Head of Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne Dept of Surgery, Heidelberg Hospital.

Often referred to as the ‘Founding Father’ of Integrative Medicine, Prof Sali has pioneered leading research and education in the field of Integrative Medicine, as well as being a specialist in the clinical treatment of cancer and chronic disease. His integrative medicine books include:

Co-authored, 2011 – ‘A guide to Evidence-Based Integrative and Complementary Medicine’ – Elsevier Australia, and 2017 ‘A Clinician’s Guide to Integrative Oncology’, Springer USA. In 2016 a book about his life was published entitled ‘Visionary Man, Visionary Medicine’.

In 2016 he received an Order of Australia for “significant service to integrative medicine as an educator, clinician and researcher, and to professional education.”

Dr Nigel Strauss

Dr Nigel Strauss

Nigel Strauss has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 40 years and is the Medical Director of the Millswyn Clinic in South Yarra, a private outpatient psychiatric facility. He has a special interest in medico-legal psychiatry and is employed as a lecturer by AMA Victoria. He has been a Consultant to Worksafe and TAC. Dr Strauss has a special interest in psychedelic medicines and has trained in the UK to work as a psychedelic therapist. He is an advocate for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research in Australia.

Dr Alex Wodak

Dr Alex Wodak

Alex Wodak, a physician, is a Director of Australia 21 and is the President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. He was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, from 1982 until he retired in 2012. Dr Wodak was the Foundation President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004) and helped to establish the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (1987), the NSW Users AIDS Association (1989), and the Australian Society of HIV Medicine (1989).

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