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International Public Lecture – featuring Professor David Nutt (UK), Head of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London (live in Sydney)

With Prof David Nutt (UK), Hon Andrew Robb AO, Dr Ted Cassidy, Professor Iain McGregor, Vanessa Bortolin, Tania de Jong AM and Peter Hunt AM

Date: Wed 23 November 2022 @ 6:00pm
Location: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

Mind Medicine Australia is delighted to present an International Public Lecture featuring Professor David Nutt (UK), Head of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London (live in person).

This special event will feature a keynote by Professor Nutt titled ‘Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies: The History, Neuroscience and Myths’ followed by a Q & A panel.


Date: Wednesday 23 November

Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm until 9:00pm

Location: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021


You will be supporting Mind Medicine Australia’s mission to provide accessible and affordable psychedelic-assisted therapies to treat a range of mental illnesses in medically controlled environments. Mind Medicine Australia exists to help alleviate the suffering caused by our accelerating mental illness epidemic in Australia, through expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients.




The Presenters

Prof David Nutt (UK)

BA, MB BChir, MRCP, MA, DM, MRC Psych, FRCPsych, FMedSci, FRCP, FSB

Renowned researcher, policy advisor and author, Professor David Nutt, is currently Head of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and the Chair of Drug Science.

Under the leadership of Professor Nutt, the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College is one of the world’s foremost psychedelic research laboratories, publishing landmark research on psychedelic therapies and neuroimaging studies of the psychedelic state.

Professor Nutt has also held many leadership positions in both UK and European academic, scientific and clinical organisations, including presidencies of: the European Brain Council, the British Neuroscience Association, the British Association of Psychopharmacology, the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

He was previously Chair of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Hon Andrew Robb AO

B.Sc., LL.B, LL.M, GradDipLP, GradDipEnt

Until his recent retirement from politics, Andrew Robb was Australia’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism.
In this role Mr Robb negotiated Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, as well as the 12 country Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement and the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore.

Mr Robb is currently Executive Chairman of The Robb Group (A corporate and investment advisory company), a Board Member of the Kidman cattle enterprise, Chair of Asialink and pharmacogenetics company, CNSDose, and strategic advisor to Seafarms Ltd as well as a range of national and international businesses.

In 2003, Mr Robb was awarded the office of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to agriculture, politics and the community. As well, Mr Robb is the author of “Black Dog Daze: Public Life, Private Demons” (Melbourne University Publishing).

Mr Robb has qualifications in Agricultural Science and a first-class Honours Degree in Economics, and lives in Sydney with his wife Maureen and has three adult children Tom, Joe and Pip.

Dr Ted Cassidy


Psychiatrist and Co-Founder of Monarch Mental Health Group

Dr Ted Cassidy is a psychiatrist and co-founder of Monarch Mental Health Group which provides innovative next step treatments for people suffering from Depression, PTSD and anxiety.

Monarch Mental Health is Australia’s first outpatient clinic offering psychedelic-assisted therapy and Australia’s largest provider of outpatient magnetic stimulation therapy (TMS),  as well as a range of other next step treatments including ketamine, portable direct current stimulation telepsychology and telepsychiatry. Ted is a Graduate of Mind Medicine Australia’s Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT).

From 2004 to 2015 Dr Ted Cassidy was co-founder and Chief Psychiatrist of The Hills Clinic Hospital and medical centres which treated over 10,000 patients during Ted’s involvement.

Professor Iain McGregor

Academic Director at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney Australia

Iain McGregor is Professor of Psychopharmacology and Academic Director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics in the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Iain’s research is focused on the discovery and development of new medications for the treatment of disease and involves the full pipeline from medicinal chemistry, through cellular and animal models, to clinical trials. Iain has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and multiple patents.

The discoveries of his team around the use of oxytocin-like molecules to treat addiction and social withdrawal led to the successful spinoff company Kinoxis Therapeutics.

The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics which was formed in 2015 with a gift of unprecedented generosity from the Lambert family to the University of Sydney. The Lambert Initiative, under Iain’s leadership, conducts world-leading research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids in epilepsy, pain, cancer, addictions and mental health conditions. It has also developed a large library of proprietary small molecules with Dr Sam Banister.

Recently Iain and his team have diversified into psychedelic research and are currently developing plans for a research program around psychedelic drug discovery including a recently-funded clinical trial of psilocybin in the treatment of eating disorders.

Vanessa Bortolin

Vanessa is a full time mother. She was an accountant and owner of a sign supply company, Graphic Art Mart QLD, up until her husband fell sick with severe treatment resistant depression in 2018.

Tragically, he took his life in 2021. Since then, Vanessa has become an advocate for change in Australia’s mental health system, driven by the hope that her daughter will receive better support than her husband did, if she should ever need it.

Tania de Jong AM

LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus

Co-founder Mind Medicine Australia, Founder Creative Universe, Creativity Australia, The Song Room & Creative Innovation Global

Tania de Jong AM is the co-Founder and Executive Director of Mind Medicine Australia. She regularly presents on psychedelic-assisted therapies, mental health and wellbeing at major conferences and events around the world and to Governments, regulators, clinicians, philanthropists and the general public.

Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators developing 6 businesses and 4 charities including Creative Universe, Creativity Australia and With One Voice, Umbrella Foundation, Creative Innovation Global, Pot-Pourri and The Song Room.

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 has sparked international interest. Tania has garnered an international reputation as a performer, speaker, entrepreneur and a passionate leader for social change. Her mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!

Peter Hunt AM

B.Com, LL.B

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 one of Australia’s leading investment banking advisory firms, Caliburn Partnership and was Executive Chairman of Greenhill Australia. 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 regularly presents to Governments, regulators, clinicians, philanthropists and the general public on psychedelic-assisted therapies and the legal and ethical frameworks needed to ensure these treatments can be made accessible and affordable.

He founded Women’s Community Shelters in 2011. Peter is a Director of The Umbrella Foundation. Peter also acts as a pro bono adviser to Creativity Australia.  He was formerly Chairman of So They Can, Grameen Australia and Grameen Australia Philippines.

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.

Disclaimer: Mind Medicine Australia does not encourage or facilitate illegal use of psychedelics or plant medicines. MMA focus is focused on clinical and legal use only supported by the emerging science and legislative processes. Mind Medicine Australia reserves the right to record and publish webinars on various social media platforms. You agree that you will not discuss any names, locations or specific details of illegal use of psychedelics both verbally or via any written forms of communication via Mind Medicine Australia social media platforms (for example Facebook, Instagram or Zoom private and public chat forms during a webinar). Breaches of these guidelines may result in not being able to participate in the event. We thank you for support and cooperation on these matters.

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