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05 Oct

How Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Changed My Life

I don’t drink or smoke. I’ve never taken any drugs till four years ago. Yet today, my life revolves around psychedelic medicines — heavily stigmatized substances still illegal in this country and most others across the world.

01 Oct

Psychedelics Can Raise The Collective Consciousness

As a human being in the current social-political and economic climate we are faced with many challenges such as the rise of mental health, the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, gender inequality, unemployment, poverty, and climate change, to name only a few.

17 Sep

Pushing Taboo: Exploring the Role of LSD in Transpersonal Psychology

“It does not seem to be an exaggeration to say that psychedelics used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy.“ - Stanislav Grof

09 Sep

Science not Stigma: Safety of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Mental Illness

The conversation of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has moved from the scientific community into the mainstream. In Australia, the two psychedelic compounds that have been proposed for rescheduling as controlled medicines are psilocybin and MDMA

01 Sep

Investigating the profound and bizarre link between creativity, psychedelics and music

Is the popular Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds really an acronym for LSD? Or was it innocently inspired by a drawing created by John Lennon’s son? This question has exercised the minds of Beatles fans since the song first appeared in the 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band.

24 Aug

How to Explore Altered States of Consciousness Without Psychedelics

Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy puts the recipient into an altered state of consciousness, which enables them to explore and tune into their inner experience in order to enhance the quality of their lives and capacity to show up in the world.

22 Jun

The Challenges of Depression Treatment in 2020

Over recent years there has been a laudable and impressive effort to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions such as depression, and to engage more people with these conditions in treatment, especially here in Australia.

16 Jun

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy to Treat Sexual Abuse Victims

Sexual abuse is a safety and health problem all over the world, affecting people of all ages, socioeconomic and demographic groups; in Australia, 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence and 1 in 22 men were sexually abused, resulting in severe individual and social impacts.

14 May

The River of Dreams

“The dreaming”. An oral history of the world and its creation, shared by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The concept is more commonly known to English speakers as “the dreamtime”, which is an inadequate translation, due to its complexity and non-finite nature.

13 May

The Ethics of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies

Few measures better reveal the character of a society than its approach to those who suffer. Occasionally, the suffering we encounter is beyond our capacity to relieve. In those cases, we can be held to no higher standard than that we have responded with care and compassion.

12 Feb

Mind Medicine Australia celebrates its First Anniversary

Today, Mind Medicine Australia turns one year old! In our first year, we have made remarkable progress in growing public awareness of Medicine-Assisted Therapy in Australia.

08 Oct

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

In the treatment of PTSD, both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy present additional challenges. PTSD is notoriously hard to treat, with current anti-depressant pharmacotherapy achieving relief from symptoms in about 20%-30% of sufferers.

07 Oct

Breaking Convention: The next steps for psychedelic-assisted therapy

With great promise, and the growing hopes of many, comes a need for foresight and acumen in the psychedelic research community. To better forecast the emerging science and international mood, I journeyed to Breaking Convention, Europe’s largest psychedelic science conference.

05 Jun

Letter from Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Director, Mind Medicine Australia

My hope for Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) is that it will play a direct role in reducing the incidence of avoidable suffering in Australia. I think we are obliged to reduce harm in the world by pursuing ends that are good through means that are right.

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