Our Management Team
Tania de Jong AM
LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus
Tania de Jong AM is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, spiritual journey woman, storyteller and global speaker. She has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from University of Melbourne and is a graduate in opera and music theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators developing 5 businesses and 3 charities including Creative Universe, Creativity Australia and With One Voice, Creative Innovation Global, Mind Medicine Australia, Dimension5, MTA Entertainment & Events, Pot-Pourri and The Song Room.
She works across the public, private, creative and community sectors and is passionate about mental health, innovation, diversity and inclusion. Tania speaks and sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing twelve albums. 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 was recently named one of the 100 Women of Influence and the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs.
Tania’s TED Talk ‘How Singing Together Changes The Brain’ has sparked international interest. Tania’s mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!
Dr Alana Roy
Ph. D Psychology, B. A Social Work (MHSW)
National Practice Manager Psychological Services
Dr Alana Roy is a psychologist, social worker and therapist and has spent the last 13 years working in mental health, suicide prevention, trauma, sexual abuse and family violence and the disability sector. Alana has worked with borderline personality and dissociative identity disorder in various roles in the community such as; Rape Crisis Centers with victims of ritual abuse, childhood and adult sexual assault, supporting women in the sex industry, survivors of human trafficking and now as a psychedelic integration specialist. Alana focuses on harm minimisation, community and connection.She is dedicated to psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines. She has engaged with,and provides integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia. Alana works at several universities as a Research Fellow and supervisor of students on placement. Alana passionately advocates for public policy, community education and legislative changes so that these treatments are regulated and supported by a strong, connected and skilled sector.Alana utilizes a range of therapies such as emotion focused therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness and meditation approaches. In Alana’s spare time she is kept busy by her young sons, her love of travelling the world, and connecting with the diverse and creative medicine community.
B. IS, ITIL Cert, M. ProjMngt
Ilan has played a pivotal role in the General Management of healthcare businesses including a private cosmetic surgery chain and the commercialisation of a breakthrough skincare range. He successfully led the development of these products from concept through to production commercialisation.
Most recently Ilan oversaw a group of national medical centers. His career into operations management was triggered by his valuable experience as part of the Risk and Controls Solutions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Specifically, Ilan’s passion is assisting the medical fraternity in their practice management and business administration functions.
Ilan’s ambition is to work in a role that utilises his analysis expertise enriched by his exposure to the commercial side of business.
Ilan has a passion for assisting community organisations and sits on several boards of not for profit organisations. He also holds Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and brings along a unique set of community and industry related experience.
Digital Communications, Design and Social Media Consultant
Education and Communications Fellow
As an advocate for innovative solutions for mental health, Melissa is Education and Communications Officer at Mind Medicine Australia, Secretary of Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine, co-founder of the Australian Psychedelic Society and is a member of the UK-Australian Young Leaders Forum.
After graduating in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, Melissa travelled to leading international centres of psychedelic research, transformative technology and Buddhist meditation to forecast next-generation mental health treatments. Melissa traverses the divide between research and therapeutic practice through her lived experience in healing from PTSD with psychedelic-assisted therapy internationally.
With a background in digital art, programming and performance art, Melissa brings a creative and future-focused outlook to her pursuits. Melissa is currently a post-graduate student at The University of Melbourne on the path towards clinical psychology and is creating therapeutic virtual reality programs to support psychedelic-assisted therapy and enhanced wellbeing.
Administration, Science and Research Officer
Bavly graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) from the University of Queensland with class IIa honours. Since then Bavly has worked as a clinical pharmacist in hospitals in Cairns, Geelong and Melbourne, also taking some time to work in community and aged care settings.
Bavly has a passion and a drive for public health and has always sought to make a difference in the current systems of healthcare, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and creating a happier and healthier society.
Having experienced his own personal battle with depression, he has since become passionate about mental health and has decided to become an advocate in the field. He has been working to open the conversation around mental health among Egyptians in his local Coptic Orthodox Community.
Bavly’s experience in the medical field, his science background and research capabilities combined with his hard work ethic and passion for mental health make him a great fit and asset for Mind Medicine Australia. Hoping to help pioneer a new paradigm of mental health treatments in Australia.
Volunteers, Grants and Chapter Coordinator
Administration and Events Officer
Working extensively in Events Management for major hotel chains and for several companies in Customer Service, Erin then pursued her desire to complete two health degrees.
Erin graduated in both a Bachelor of Science in 2014 and a Master of Public Health in 2019. In pursuit of both degrees Erin worked for female gyms in administration and sales, enriching the health and wellness goals of women.
Public health advocacy and research on both the local and population level is a major career passion. In saying so, a major public health concern is the current crisis of mental illness in Australia.
Erin provides the skills, knowledge and passion to support the work of Mind Medicine Australia, a pioneering and progressive organisation to advocate for the research of mental health treatments for Australians with mental illness.