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Our Management Team

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Tania de Jong AM

LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus

Executive Director

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!

Renee Harvey

Manager of Psychedelic Therapy Development Program

Renee has had a long career as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS in the UK (currently registered as a Provisional Psychologist in Australia, transition program being undertaken). 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.

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. 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, neuro linguistic programming, 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.

Ilan Hayman

B. IS, ITIL Cert, M. ProjMngt

Operations Manager

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.

Julia Neubauer

B. A

Digital Communications, Design and Social Media Consultant

Pursuing her passion in the creative arts, Julia graduated in the UK with a first-class Bachelor of the Arts in Music Production. Developing her craft in the years to follow, she worked with e-commerce companies before launching her own business in 2016. Working remotely while travelling across the world, Julia has been supporting entrepreneurs in building their brand through content creation, designing websites and building sales funnels. Her international upbringing and work experience have equipped Julia with strong adaptability, excellent communication skills and an entrepreneurial growth mindset. Julia is a multidisciplinary artist working across photography, music and writing to capture the depths of our human experience. She is interested in the intersection between psychedelic medicine, ancient Buddhist meditation practices and the creative arts. Fascinated by the healing power that altered states of consciousness can provide, Julia is driven by the profound impact these modalities can have on our collective wellbeing.
Melissa Warner

Melissa Warner

B.Sc

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.

Bavly Nasralla

B.Pharm (Hons)

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.

Thomas Velican

B. A

Volunteers, Grants and Chapter Coordinator

Thomas began his journey with holistic health as a medical receptionist of several years with Australia’s leading integrative health institute. Here he developed a profound sense of appreciation for the ways in which Australian people are currently suffering and the necessity for reform and innovation within our public health system. Thomas is currently studying a double Bachelor of Arts and Music, alongside a diploma of Chinese studies at Monash University. His passion lies at the cross-section of mental health, education and public health generally. Thomas brings years of experience working within the NFP and public sector, including diverse experience at a local, state and nationwide level in various projects and initiatives focussed on student empowerment, student voice and student-centred policy development. Thomas is also a Director at the Tombolo Academy; Australia’s first independent secondary school dedicated to the specialist education of Twice-exceptional (2E) students.

Erin Whelan

B.Sc, MPH

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.

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