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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. 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. Tania was named in the 100 Women of Influence, the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs and named as one of the 100 most influential people in psychedelics globally in 2021. 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!

Kirsty O’Sullivan

B Hlth Sc (Nat)

Public Relations, Development and Partnerships Manager

Whilst studying Naturopathy, Kirsty discovered a love of bodywork and chose to pursue a long career as a Remedial Massage Therapist and Myotherapist. During this time, she also developed course material and lectured at massage colleges – whilst continuing to volunteer for various charities and social causes.

Her passion, energy and interest in politics led her to roles as National Vice President and General Manager of the Liberal Democratic Party. Here she campaigned for many financial and societal issues, including affordable access to medicinal cannabis and a general decrease in bureaucracy. With a shift to the Institute of Public Affairs, Kirsty was able to build on her experience in fundraising, development and event management. She has also appeared on Sky News Australia, The Project, various podcasts, and has been published in The Australian and The Spectator Australia. A lifelong learner with a positive attitude, Kirsty has always been able to love her work, especially when it means helping others achieve their best.

Dr Alana Roy

Ph. D Psychology, B. A Social Work (MHSW)

National Practice Manager Psychological Services and Co-Lead Facilitator of CPAT Course

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, 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 Centres 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.

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.

Scarlet Barnett

Events, Chapters, Partnerships and Communications Manager

Scarlet Barnett is a visual artist, a yoga teacher and a multi-skilled creative professional, with a background in Video Production and Cultural Awareness projects. Through her art, teachings and work she devotes her energy to exploring the intersection of creativity, philosophy and the more subtle aspects of human consciousness.

In her early career, Scarlet produced videos for TEDX Sydney and worked with SBS and NITV on a mentorship program for Indigenous and CALD students. She then went on to develop her interest in consciousness and eastern knowledge systems through her travels in India and South East Asia, through her art and her trainings in yoga.

Scarlet is also a Bundjalung woman of Palawa decent and currently serves as a Director on the Board of Ngungwulah Aboriginal Corporation.

Scarlet is devoted to helping heal individual and collective consciousness and deeply believes in the potential of psychedelic medicine as an effective therapeutic tool.

Diego Pinzon

B.Sc, MA

Chapter, Engagement and Research Officer

Diego has worked for the past 7 years in the community and mental health services sector. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Canberra, he went on to pursue post-graduate studies overseas due to the limited course options in Australia. He graduated with a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University at Palo Alto, California at the end of 2019. During this degree Diego focused his assignments in transpersonal and psychedelic studies, which led him to develop a strong academic knowledge base around psychedelic research and psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Diego is currently the Vice President of Delos Psyche Research Group, a California based organisation that is dedicated to psychedelic research. Through his work in the mental health sector, Diego has seen firsthand the urgent need for innovative treatments and is passionate about research for improving and expanding the paradigm of mental health treatment available in Australia.

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

B.Sc

Education 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.

Kimberley Day

BBiomedSc, MPhil (Neuroscience)

Administration, Events, Partnerships and Research Coordinator

Kimberley (Kim) graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Bond University in 2015 followed by an MPhil in Neuroscience from UQ in 2018. Her thesis work focussed on understanding the structural and functional brain changes in a mouse model of depression, however, during her studies she was continually drawn to and fascinated by the research emerging around psychedelics for mental health treatment.

After being inspired by studies from across the world and convinced that psychedelic-assisted therapies will have a profound influence on the future of mental health treatment, Kim was disappointed to find that Australia was lagging very far behind in this field.  Thankfully a friend pointed her towards Mind Medicine Australia who is working hard to address this. She is very excited to begin work with MMA and combines her passions for mental health treatment, holistic psychedelic therapies, education and event coordination within her role.

Jeffrey Lee

B. Comm.

Financial and Operations Officer

Jeffrey graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. In both his personal and professional life, he has been actively involved in raising awareness of mental health amongst his friends and family.

Jeffrey witnessed firsthand the impact of mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and was driven to help. Starting as a volunteer, he is now aiding the Mind Medicine Australia team to deliver a unique and revolutionary approach to tackle the mental health crisis. He is passionate about removing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and psilocybin and wishes to educate the public about the benefits of the new medicines.

Currently, Jeffrey is undertaking his CA qualification and is aiming to further his education in the future. His eagerness to contribute to the fight against mental illnesses makes him a good fit for Mind Medicine Australia.

Victor Chiruta

UHSc, MCMA, MPS

Science Scholar

Victor Chiruta has over ten years experience working in the health industry. He is in his final year of a Bachelor of Health Science and organising a proposal for an Honours in Biomedical Research at the University of South Australia. He has further completed study and certification in youth work, biochemistry, naturopathy, homeopathy, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, biology, and medicinal cannabis consulting. Victor is a Certified SMART Recovery Australian Facilitator, a Professional Interpener (cannabis sommelier), registered internationally as a naturopath and homeopath, a TGA sponsor administrator and a member of several professional bodies.

He is one of Mind Medicine Australia’s key researchers, scientific writers, and a board member of the Brisbane chapter. Outside of Mind Medicine Australia, Victor provides hospital equipment to public hospitals, is involved with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and develops health and medical foods utilising his rich passion for pharmacology, medicinal and biochemistry. His particular interests lie in psychedelic medicines, phytocannabinoids, disability rehabilitation, and anabolic phytosteroids.

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