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Brave New Psychedelic World

Australia Women's Weekly, 13 September, 2021

As the world’s mental health crisis worsens psilocybin and MDMA are emerging as promising new treatments.

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How Mind Medicine Australia Is Tackling Deadly Mental Health Crisis with Psychedelics

Psychedelic Spotlight, 16 September, 2021

Charity co-founder Tania de Jong says Covid-19 pandemic has led to “a huge spike in mental health issues including, very sadly, suicides,” and she believes psychedelics are a solution.

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Legalising Illicit Therapies: Why Psychedelics Could Be The Most Important Mental Health Breakthrough Of The 21st Century

Refinery29, 17 September, 2021

Why Psychedelics Could Be The Most Important Mental Health Breakthrough Of The 21st Century.

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Magic Mushrooms // The Medicine That Can Change Your Life

Carnage House Productions, 16 September, 2021

This interview with Tania de Jong AM, focuses on the benefits of psilocybin and MDMA assisted therapies for sufferers of depression, anxiety, PTSD and alcohol/nicotine addiction.

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Mind Medicine Australia to host Australia’s Inaugural International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness online in November 2021

Mind Medicine Australia, 02 September, 2021

Mental health charity Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) is delighted to announce the inaugural International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness and 2-day Introductory Workshop will take place between 17–20 November 2021 online.

 

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A trip to the doctor

The Monthly, 08 August, 2021

A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies.

 

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Tania de Jong - Mind Medicine, mental illness, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

The Fair Food Forager & Friends Show, 08 August, 2021

Mind Medicine Australia co-founder, Tania de Jong AM, talks about mental illness, psychedelic-assisted therapies and the work we do at Mind Medicine Australia.

 

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Australian experts push for psychedelic medicines to treat mental illness

11 Network Australia, 11 August, 2021

Mind Medicine Australia co-founder, Tania de Jong AM, talks about the benefits of psychedelics, such as MDMA and psilocybin as a treatment option for mental health.

 

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Psychedelic-assisted therapy – potentials for mental illness

Medical Forum, 21 July, 2021

If the latest clinical research holds true, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (PAT) could revolutionise our understanding and treatment paradigms for mental illness.

 

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‘Hippie’ drugs show promise for treatment

The Australian, 01 July, 2021

Half a century after hippies gave psychedelics a bad name, psychiatrists are pressing to use the currently illegal medicines to treat mental illness.

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New Frontiers of Psychedelics

Perspectives Podcast, 30 June, 2021

Tania de Jong AM speaks about transformation through psychedelic experiences and the work Mind Medicine Australia does.

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Ecstasy the solution for soldiers with PTSD, experts say

The Standard, 25 June, 2021

MDMA could help to dramatically reduce the number of suicides among veterans. The Victorian Government is being urged to take the first step. Eddie Russell reports.

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Interview with Tania de Jong, one of the founding members of Mind Medicine

Echo, 22 June, 2021

This Sunday 27 and Monday 28 June, Mind Medicine present two days of film and conversation around psychedelic medicine – their first ever symposium on the new science of psychedelics.

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Mind Medicine Australia's Canberra chapter calls for access to psychedelics

Canberra Times, 20 June, 2021

Mind Medicine Australia has called on the ACT Government to change “conservative” legislation to improve access to psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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Australians still wait for access to psychedelics-assisted therapies

Financial Review, 28 May, 2021

Psychedelics are increasingly finding favour with mental health professionals around the world who are treating patients with intractable conditions such as PTSD, which has a remission rate of just 5 percent using currently available therapies.

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Mind Medicine - Saving Veterans' lives

The Project, Channel 10, 27 May, 2021

For years we’ve heard about the epidemic of post-traumatic stress among Aussie veterans. But now there’s a push to use psychedelic drugs to help them get back to health.

The clip starts at: 36:09

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Why the TGA should reschedule MDMA and psilocybin for the treatment of mental illness

The Conversation, 20 May, 2021

The down-scheduling of psilocybin and MDMA could have enormous medical benefit for Australian patients, especially when Australia spent A$10.6 billion on mental health between 2018-2019.

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Study shows ecstasy plus therapy can treat severe PTSD

AFR, 11 May, 2021

The campaign in Australia to use the drug MDMA together with psychotherapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder has been strengthened by a study just published in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine.

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It’s time to give our military the medicine they need

Spectator | Australia, 06 May, 2021

Sadly, many of the more than 39,000 soldiers who served in Afghanistan will have varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Innovative treatments are urgently needed to treat PTSD. With mounting pressure, the TGA recently announced an Independent Review on rescheduling both psylocibin and MDMA.

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100 Most Influential People in Psychedelics

Psyched Studio, 05 May, 2021

Mind Medicine Australia’s co-Founder, Tania de Jong AM has been shortlisted in the 100 Most Influential People in Psychedelics by Psyched Studio.

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100 Most Influential People in Psychedelics

Psychedelic Invest, 03 May, 2021

Psychedelic Invest has compiled a list of the top 100 most influential people in the psychedelics ecosystem, including our Co-Founder Tania de Jong AM.

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Psychedelics for Mental Health

Metagenics Institute Podcast, 27 April, 2021

In this episode, Nathan sits down with Tania de Jong and Dr Alana Roy from Mind Medicine Australia to discuss the use of psychedelics for mental health.

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'Illicit drugs' and mental health treatment: all we are asking for is hope

The Canberra Times, 22 April, 2021

“I am writing this as a mother, in the hope that my words may open the closed minds of our politicians and the authorities we rely upon to ensure every Australian has access to the latest medical therapies.” – Annie Mason

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The Weekly With Charlie Pickering

The Weekly With Charlie Pickering, 21 April, 2021

Feature on psychedelics in Australia, Mind Medicine Australia and the TGA.

Interview starts at 17:08.

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MDMA and magic mushrooms reconsidered for rescheduling by Therapeutic Goods Administration

Canberra Times, 18 April, 2021

An application to make MDMA and psilocybin more easily accessible to psychiatrists for mental health treatments will now be independently reviewed following an earlier rejection.

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MDMA and magic mushrooms reconsidered for rescheduling by Therapeutic Goods Administration

Canberra Times, 18 April, 2021

An application to make MDMA and psilocybin more easily accessible to psychiatrists for mental health treatments will now be independently reviewed following an earlier rejection.

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It's about patient choice says Tasmanian doctor who believes magic mushrooms and MDMA can help treat depression and PTSD

The Advocate, 25 March, 2021

A Tasmanian doctor says the state’s mental health crisis would be greatly assisted by MDMA and psilocybin assisted therapies, especially for emergency responders impacted by trauma and those with treatment-resistant illness.

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It's about patient choice says Tasmanian doctor who believes magic mushrooms and MDMA can help treat depression and PTSD

The Advocate, 25 March, 2021

A Tasmanian doctor says the state’s mental health crisis would be greatly assisted by MDMA and psilocybin assisted therapies, especially for emergency responders impacted by trauma and those with treatment-resistant illness.

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Australian government backs psychedelic drug clinical trials to treat mental illness

The Guardian, 18 March, 2021

$15m grant comes despite TGA’s failure to reschedule MDMA and psilocybin from a prohibited substance to a controlled medicine

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The Admiral and the Ecstasy

ABC Conversations, 18 March, 2021

Chris Barrie is convinced that the Australian Government should legalise the clinical use of specific psychedelics to help veterans recovering from trauma.

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Government commits $15m for psychedelic drug therapy trials

ABC PM with Linda Mottram, 18 March, 2021

The federal government has committed $15 million for the development of psychedelic drug therapies for mental illness. In clinical trials around the world, MDMA, magic mushrooms and ketamine are showing promising results in treating PTSD and depression. Advocacy groups have welcomed the trials but want the prohibited drugs reclassified so they can be used more readily for psycho-therapy.

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Psychedelic therapy: Air force veteran’s wild journey back from the abyss

news.com.au, 18 March, 2021

After 16-and-a-half years in the air force, Michael Raymond had seen it all. But by repressing his feelings, he began to push himself down a dark path. His mental health began to deteriorate even further and he was placed on suicide watch. Ultimately, Michael was healed through psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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‘Better treatments’: Government to fund psychedelic drugs trials to treat mental illness

The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March, 2021

Clinical trials using psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelic medicines in potential breakthrough therapies for debilitating mental illnesses will be funded by the federal government as part of global efforts to advance innovative treatments.

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Former trade minister Andrew Robb supports psychedelic medicines

9News, 17 March, 2021

The use of psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelic medicines to treat mental illness will soon undergo clinical trials funded by the federal government. It’s backed by former Trade Minister Andrew Robb but not all psychiatrists are convinced.

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Australian Government to Spend $15m on Psychedelic Trials

VICE, 17 March, 2021

The Australian government will fund a series of clinical trials into the potential use of psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and other drugs as treatments for debilitating mental illnesses. The $15 million Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness Grant Opportunity aims to bolster Australian-led research into drug and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

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Australian War Memorial expansion better invested in psychedelic-assisted therapy research

The Canberra Times, 14 March, 2021

ACT pill testing advocate David Caldicott has voiced disgust over the $500 million expansion of the Australian War Memorial he said the federal government had “inflicted” on the city, while emerging treatments for post traumatic stress disorder were deemed too hard.

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Report with Leigh Sales interviewing Andrew Robb AO, Dr Stuart Saker and more

ABC 7.30, 11 March, 2021

Leigh Sales interviewing Andrew Robb AO, psychiatrist Dr Stuart Saker and patient on psychedelic-assisted therapies to treat mental illness. The segment commences at 21:45

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Andrew Robb interviewed by James Valentine, ABC Radio Sydney

Afternoons, 11 March, 2021

The interview commences at 1 hour and 2 minutes.

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When pills stopped working, Andrew Robb looked to magic mushroom therapy

ABC News, 11 March, 2021

When his daily pile of antidepressant pills stopped working, former Liberal Party director and trade minister Andrew Robb began researching psychedelic therapy as an option to send his depression into remission.

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Suicide warning over denied drugs

The Australian, 09 March, 2021

Delaying mental practitioners access to psilocybin and MDMA could result in a spike in suicides amid an ongoing national mental health crisis, according to advocates for psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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Demand For Psychedelics On The Up

AJP, 05 March, 2021

Results from the latest Global Drug Survey, released on Friday, reveal that more people including Australians are turning to psychedelic medicines to self-treat mental illness and emotional distress.

Read the Global Drug Survey here.

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Former Defence chief calls for rescheduling of psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness, PTSD

ABC News, 04 March, 2021

Chris Barrie, a former chief of the Defence Force says psychedelic drugs such psilocybin and MDMA should be rescheduled so they can be used to treat mental health conditions including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Medicinal ecstasy, magic mushrooms for veterans with PTSD blocked by TGA

The Daily Telegraph, 17 February, 2021

Medical health specialists have slammed the blocking of medically prescribed psychedelic drugs, including ecstasy, shown to successfully treat PTSD in war veterans.

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An Intro to Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy with MMA's Co-founder Tania De Jong

Is That Soh Podcast, 12 February, 2021

Today on the podcast, I have invited award-winning social entrepreneur and co-founder of Mind Medicine Australia, Tania de Jong, to come on the show and talk to us about the power of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies to treat a wide range of mental illnesses.

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Health Psychiatrists split over the use of ’shrooms and MDMA to treat mental illness

Crikey, 12 February, 2021

The peak body for psychiatrists — whose submission influenced the TGA’s scheduling decision — has come under fire for its conservative position on psychedelics.

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The scientists and shamans of psychedelic retreats

ABC News, 07 February, 2021

There’s a landmark project underway in Melbourne to find out whether psilocybin can be used to improve end-of-life experiences.

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The legal and illegal ways people are turning to psychedelics as the drug regulator rejects reclassification bid

ABC News, 04 February, 2021

MMA founders expressed disappointment yesterday at the TGA’s desire to wait until current clinical research is complete before the rescheduling of these controversial medicines is considered.

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Could Magic Mushrooms and Ecstasy treat mental health issues?

ABC - Afternoons with Sonya Feldhoff, 04 February, 2021

The idea of using psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness is one that might catch a few people off guard. Executive Director of Mind Medicine Australia, spoke to Sonya Feldhoff in the lead up to this decision about why her organisation is in support of their use.

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MDMA and psilocybin not approved for medicinal use in Australia

9 News, 03 February, 2021

The TGA chose not to reschedule MDMA and psilocybin from a prohibited substance (schedule 9) to a controlled medicine (schedule 8).

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Health regulator to decide on psychedelics

ABC - RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly, 03 February, 2021

For the past two years a group of prominent Australians – including a former Howard government minister and a former Australian Defence Chief – have been campaigning for greater therapeutic access to psychedelic drugs.

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MDMA and psilocybin could be approved for medicinal use in Australia

9News, 02 February, 2021

The campaign to reclassify MDMA and psilocybin has been spearheaded by Mind Medicine Australia (MMA), which submitted the rescheduling applications to the TGA in July 2020.

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Interview with Admiral Chris Barrie AC and Peter Hunt AM

3AW RADIO, 02 February, 2021

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TGA to rule on psychedelic medicine access for mental health problems

The Australian, 28 January, 2021

A group of prominent Australians is continuing to push for greater access to psychedelic medicines to treat mental health problems, saying the benefits and cost of inaction are impossible to ignore.

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MMA Critique of the Article by Stephen Bright and Martin Williams titled “Will Australia legalise ecstasy and magic mushrooms to treat mental illness? Here’s why it’s still too soon.”

Mind Medicine Australia, 26 January, 2021

An article was published in the Conversation by two researchers criticising MMA’s applications to the TGA to reschedule medical grade psilocybin and medical grade MDMA as part of therapies for treatment resistant Depression and treatment resistant PTSD.

The article contained a significant number of errors, misleading statements and lack of disclosure. To enable our followers to form their own conclusions we have annotated the article to address these statements.

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Former Defence Force chief Chris Barrie supports increased accessibility of psychedelic drugs

The Canberra Times, 17 January, 2021

Former Defence Force chief Chris Barrie has given his support to a campaign to increase accessibility of psychedelic medicines for sufferers of mental illness, including MDMA and psilocybin.

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Tania de Jong - a healing note

Wellbeing Magazine, 12 January, 2021

With the voice of an angel, the heart of a lion and the soul of a mystic, Tania de Jong AM leads a varied and productive life. She is a gifted soprano with an entrepreneurial flair
and a passion for giving. Having built numerous businesses, performed in countless venues, released many CDs and established three charities, her latest vision is to transform the treatment of mental illness in Australia.

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Psychedelic substances could help with depression: old drugs as remedy for PTSD

Cairns Post, 02 January, 2021

A Therapeutic Goods Administration decision on psychedelic drugs in the New Year could offer hope to Far Northern sufferers of PTSD and depression.

The full article for members is available here.

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MDMA and magic mushrooms to be used to treat Australians with mental health issues

Daily Telegraph, 18 December, 2020

Exclusive: In the first course of its kind in the southern hemisphere, 100 Australian doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health care nurses, social workers and occupational therapists will be trained and ready to treat patients with party drugs such as MDMA and magic mushrooms.

The full article for members is available here.

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Million Ideas Episode 1 - Treating mental illness with psilocybin and MDMA

Million Ideas, 07 December, 2020

This first episode is an interview with Tania De Jong of Mind Medicine Australia a charity helping advance the use of psilocybin and MDMA to treat mental illness.

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3 Part Series - National Regulator takes on United Nation’s convention. How psychedelic medicine is becoming a reality in Australia

Cannabis Law Report, 01 December, 2020

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series we will be publishing over the next few weeks about Australia’s place in the ever-quickening world of regulated psilocybin and MDMA penned by Mind Medicine Australia (MMA)

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Podcast with Kyle Buller and Joe Moore (USA) from Psychedelics Today and Tania de Jong AM

Psychedelics Today, 24 November, 2020

In this episode, Kyle Buller and Joe Moore (USA) interview singer, speaker, social entrepreneur, and founder of numerous charities and organizations, Tania de Jong AM.

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Mind Medicine Australia pushes forward with new partner

Byron Echo, 23 November, 2020

As Mind Medicine Australia awaits the results of a rescheduling application before the Therapeutic Goods Administration to allow psychedelic medications to be used more widely in clinical therapy, the charity organisation has announced a new partnership with the company Emyria.

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Unstress Podcast with Tania de Jong AM and Dr Ron Ehrlich

Unstress Podcast, 21 October, 2020

Mind Medicine Australia’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tania de Jong AM explains why she established Mind Medicine Australia and how it aims to help alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness in Australia through expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients.

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Psychedelics as medicine?

Healing Echo, 01 November, 2020

Tania de Jong explained that medicinal psilocybin and medicinal MDMA have been granted ‘breakthrough therapy designation’ by the US Food and Drugs Administration to fast-track the approval process, with Australia likely to follow.

 

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How Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Changed My Life

Mad in America, 03 October, 2020

Mind Medicine Australia’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tania de Jong AM explains why she established Mind Medicine Australia and how it aims to help alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness in Australia through expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients.

 

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Podcast with Ari Delashmutt and Tania De Jong AM

Ari Delashmut, Ari in the Air Podcast, 26 September, 2020

In this wide-ranging podcast, Tania de Jong AM speaks to podcast host Ari Delashmutt about the work that Mind Medicine Australia is doing to allow psychedelic treatments for clinical use in Australia.

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Investors pile in on psychedelic drugs

Australian Financial Review, 16 September, 2020

After years on the outer, psychedelic drugs are making a comeback as a legitimate treatment for patients with mental illness – and investors are taking notice.

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First Official Steps Made To Reschedule Magic Mushrooms And MDMA In Australia

Lad Bible, 16 September, 2020

Researchers have been campaigning for Australian authorities to reschedule some illegal drugs so that they can be investigated for any medicinal benefits. Their efforts have started to pay off as the first official steps have been made to get their legal status changed. Mind Medicine Australia has submitted the first applications to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in order to research psilocybin and MDMA.

 

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Will Australia be the First Country to Reap the Benefits of Psychedelic Medicines? Rescheduling Proposal Submitted to TGA

Psilocybin Alpha, 10 September, 2020

On the 1st of September the nonprofit Mind Medicine Australia submitted a proposal to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA), the regulatory body in charge of the island country’s drug scheduling. This proposal was submitted in hopes of reclassifying psilocybin and MDMA from prohibited substances to controlled medicines.

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Psychedelics as medicine?

Byron Healing, 09 September, 2020

NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann recently hosted an online webinar with Tania de Jong AM and Peter Hunt AM from Mind Medicine Australia, looking at the emerging role of psychedelics in mental health treatment.

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Is Psychedelics The Answer to Our Mental Health Crisis?

Mamamia, The Quicky Podcast, 04 September, 2020

In this wide-ranging podcast, Tania de Jong AM relates that studies are being done with psychedelic drugs in various ways hoping that they might be a silver bullet for the treatment of mental illness. Since the widespread use of them in the 1960s and their links to the counterculture of the time, the drugs haven’t been taken seriously – until now.

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MDMA and psilocybin considered in Australia for psychotherapy use

Newcastle Herald, 04 September, 2020

A psychiatrist has called for people suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] to be allowed access to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Dr Stuart Saker, whose practice is based in Toronto near Newcastle, NSW, said many of his patients were military veterans and emergency service workers.

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Push for hallucinogens to be rescheduled as medicines to treat mental illnesses

Campus Review, 04 September, 2020

Mind Medicine Australia is seeking a rescheduling of psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) and MDMA (or ecstasy) by Australia’s Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) so they can be potentially used in the treatment of mental illness in the future.

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Treating mental illness with mushies and MDMA: The regulator wants to know what you think

ABC, 02 September, 2020

Mind Medicine Australia, a not-for-profit that wants psychiatrists to be able to use these drugs in therapy sessions, has applied to the national health regulator to enable mental health professionals to more easily access these medicines.

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Mind Medicine Australia Submits Australian-First Application for the Rescheduling of Psilocybin and MDMA

Mind Medicine Australia, 01 September, 2020

Mind Medicine Australia has submitted Australia’s first applications to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to reschedule Psilocybin and MDMAso that they can be more easily used as part of clinical therapies for the treatment of major classes of mental illness.

Read the media release as a pdf here

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We’re experiencing a growing mental health crisis. We need more innovative solutions

Pro Bono Australia, 24 August, 2020

Tania de Jong AM, co-founder of charity Mind Medicine Australia, says current treatment options are unable to adequately address the “mental health tsunami” being created by the COVID crisis.

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Healing the planet's suffering with plant medicines

Paul Austin, The Third Wave Podcast, 04 August, 2020

In this wide-ranging podcast, Tania de Jong and Paul F. Austin talk about mental health, surviving trauma, the mind-altering power of music, catapulting into the cosmos with psychedelics, kangaroos, and folding umbrellas.

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Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy with Tania de Jong

Cannabis Radio, 01 August, 2020

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Mind Revealing Medicines

The Project, Channel 10, 01 July, 2020

Calls to Beyond Blue have increased by 60% during the COVID-19 crisis. Mind Medicine Australia’s Tania de Jong AM and Dr Prash Puspanathan are interviewed by The Project on the radical need for innovation in mental health treatments now. Joel Harrop, ex-ADF veteran also shares his story and credits these medicines for saving his life.

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