Our mental health epidemic is increasing daily and further exacerbated by the pandemic. In the quest for new treatment options for mental illness and psychiatric disorders, attention is being paid to the potential role of microdoses of psychedelic drugs as adjuncts to psychotherapy for a wide array of maladies of the mind, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions.
With trials now also underway for dementia, OCD and eating disorders, this Health Conversation will examine the evidence for psychedelic-assisted therapy and investigate the potential applications of this novel therapy.
Join this panel to hear Tania de Jong AM, Peter Hunt AM, Dr Josephine Anderson and Rabbi Kamins discuss the potential future of psychedelic medicines.
Date: Sunday, 21 February, 2021
Time 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Tania de Jong AM
LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus
Founder & Deputy Chair of Mind Medicine Australia
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 eleven 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 named one of the 100 Women of Influence and the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs in 2018. 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!
Peter Hunt AM
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 was a member of the Advisory Panel of ASIC and chaired the Vincent Fairfax Family Office.
Peter is an active philanthropist involved in funding, developing and scaling social sector organisations which seek to create a better and fairer world. He is Chairman of Mind Medicine Australia which he established with his wife, Tania de Jong, in 2018. He founded Women’s Community Shelter in 2011 and remains on the Board. He is Chairman of So They Can, Grameen Australia and Grameen Australia Philippines. Peter is a Director of Project Rozana and an Advisory Board member of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Peter also acts as a pro bono adviser to Creativity Australia.
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 Josephine Anderson is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the UNSW and Clinical Director at the Royal Far West Centre for Country Kids, Manly. She also works as a consultant psychiatrist for the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, the Black Dog Institute and the Early Psychosis Program in South East Sydney Local Health District. Although Dr Anderson’s work is primarily clinical she has a keen interest in teaching and service development, with a focus on early intervention, innovative models of care and service integration, including those embracing partnerships with GPs and NGO care providers.