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WEBINAR: Making MDMA and psilocybin-assisted therapies available in Australia – How to access these medicines today to treat those with serious mental illness

Wednesday September 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join this free, 60-minute online webinar to gain access to insights and learn about ground breaking treatments to chronic mental health conditions.

Regulatory schemes in the US (Expanded Access), Australia (Special Access)  and Israel (Compassionate Use) enable physicians to apply to the Regulator for approval to treat patients suffering from treatment resistant PTSD with Medicinal-MDMA psychotherapy outside of a clinical trial. Switzerland has a similar scheme allowing LSD, Psilocybin and MDMA to be used with psychotherapy.

Mind Medicine Australia has had success in utilising the TGA’s Special Access Scheme (SAS) to allow practitioners to access psychedelic-assisted therapies for a single patient. We will present an overview of the scheme, the application process, the templates that we have prepared to assist your submission and explain the approval process so you can access the medicines today and help those suffering.

Learning objectives:

  • Who can submit an SAS-B application
  • An overview of the forms required and letter of support
  • Why is this scheme available to us
  • How the approval process works
  • How can you access the medicines
  • The way forwards to make these medicines accessible in Australia


Date: Wednesday 9 September 2020
Time: 7:25pm for 7:30pm start – 8:30pm (incl Q&A) (AEST)

The presentation WILL BEGIN AT 7:30pm.
Location: Online. A link will be emailed to you with the viewing details once you have registered.

Following the presentation there will be a Q & A panel with Tania de Jong AMRenee HarveyDr Al GriskaitisDr Alana RoyPeter Hunt AM. This will be an opportunity to engage in a discussion about psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies for mental illness broadly, and what Mind Medicine Australia and other local organisations are doing here in Australia.

More about medicinal psychedelic treatments:

Psychedelic-assisted treatments offer enormous potential in providing a meaningful alternative to current treatments for mental illness. PTSD is a debilitating condition that affects tens of millions of people worldwide, with many more trauma victims diagnosed with comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. In recent clinical trials, MDMA has been shown to produce reliable clinical improvements, restoring patient safety and self-agency even for individuals who have suffered with PTSD for many years, and for whom many treatments have failed.

The wave of clinical psychedelic research and regulatory support is rapidly building, with experts forecasting the availability of psychedelic-assisted treatments in the US and EU within the next 2 to 5 years, subject to positive clinical outcomes in large trials that are currently underway.

More about the presenters

Dr Al Griskaitis

Dr Al Griskaitis is a consultant psychiatrist in private practice in Wollongong, NSW. He trained at Sydney Uni and St Vincent’s Hospital (CRUFAD).

His practise has a focus on trauma work, especially with military personnel, veterans and first responders. His approach involves four stages:

1. Mapping and understanding the problem.

2. Skills/techniques to manage symptoms.

3. Tolerance of their narrative.

4. Integration and reconnection.

MDMA can hasten this process markedly.

Al has been granted authority by the TGA to use MDMA.

He also develops free resources for persons with trauma and other psychological difficulties at www.thePSYCHcollective.com and Facebook: thePSYCHcollective. Join the collective.

Tania de Jong AM (Moderator)
LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus
Founder & Deputy Chair of Mind Medicine Australia

Tania de Jong AM round headshot

Tania de Jong AM is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, spiritual journey woman, storyteller and global speaker. Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators developing 5 businesses and 3 charities over the past 3 decades. She is Founder and Executive Producer of future-shaping events series, Creative Innovation Global. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 and named one of the 100 Women of Influence and the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs in 2018.

Peter Hunt AM
B.Com, LL.B
Founder & Chair of Mind Medicine Australia

As an investment banker Peter Hunt AM advised local and multi-national companies and governments in Australia for nearly 35 years. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of one of Australia’s leading investment banking advisory firms, Caliburn Partnership (now called Greenhill Australia) and continued as Chairman of the Firm after its sale to Greenhill Inc in 2009. Peter is an active philanthropist involved in funding, developing and scaling social sector organisations which seek to create a better and fairer world. Peter was made a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2010 for services to the philanthropic sector.

Dr Alana Roy
Ph. D Psychology, B. A Social Work (MHSW)
Practice Manager

Dr Alana Roy is the Practice Manager of Mind Medicine Australia, a Psychologist and a Social Worker. She is also a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and teaches and supervises students across multiple universities.

Alana has also worked in frontline sexual assault services for 13 years providing therapy to children, women and men working with victims, police and forensic doctors. She is passionate about emotion focused therapy, EMDR and trauma informed practices. Although these therapies are effective for a range of trauma survivors many victims continue to live with unbearable pain.

The reality is that there is an epidemic of sexual abuse in our world and we require radical treatments to tackle this global issue. Alana’s own experiences of trauma and burnout lead her to seek out legal psychedelic assisted treatment overseas. It truly was 10 years of psychotherapy (insights) in one night. However, it wasn’t 10 years of change in one night. Alana came back to Australia and was unable to locate a professional to help integrate these experiences. She realised that Australia needed a skilled mental health sector to help support victims who use psychedelics to overcome their trauma to process and integrate these transformative and healing experiences. Australia is falling behind in the global psychedelic renaissance.

Since this treatment, Alana has dedicated her life to researching and developing clinical services in the field of psychedelic and plant medicines. Mind Medicine Australia is a ground-breaking NGO advocating for the responsible use of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Alana hopes to help make history in supporting legislative and policy change so that victims and all people with mental health issues have access to these medicines.

Renee Harvey
Manager of Psychedelic Therapy Training Program

Renee has had a long career as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS in the UK. More recently she was an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London in the study of psilocybin for treatment resistant depression. She has been responsible for leading in service development for people with complex emotional needs across Sussex (UK), establishing three specialist services, including staff appointments, training and supervision, and in clinical delivery in these services. She established various training courses and treatment programmes during this time, and regularly delivered lectures and courses at various levels. Renee specialised in training clinicians in skills for working with individuals with complex needs across the UK as well as internationally, including Europe, and Japan.  Renee was also a key member of developing psychedelic interest groups in Brighton, and in establishing and running a psychedelic Integration Circle in Brighton UK.

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Mind Medicine Australia does not encourage or facilitate illegal use of psychedelics or plant medicines. MMA focus is focused on clinical and legal use only supported by the emerging science and legislative processes. Mind Medicine Australia reserves the right to record and publish webinars on various social media platforms. You agree that you will not discuss any names, locations or specific details of illegal use of psychedelics both verbally or via any written forms of communication via Mind Medicine Australia social media platforms (for example facebook, instagram and zoom private and public chat forms during the webinar). Breaches of these guidelines may result in not being able to participate in the event. We thank you for support and cooperation on these matters.


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