Tania de Jong AM
LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus
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!
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 and 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 Centers 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.
Alana utilises a range of therapies such as emotion focused therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness and meditation approaches.
In Alana’s spare time she is kept busy by her young sons, her love of travelling the world, and connecting with the diverse and creative medicine community.
B. IS, ITIL Cert, M. ProjMngt
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.
Volunteers, Grants and Chapter Coordinator
Thomas began his journey with holistic health as a medical receptionist of several years with Australia’s leading integrative health institute. Here he developed a profound sense of appreciation for the ways in which Australian people are currently suffering and the necessity for reform and innovation within our public health system. Thomas is currently studying a double Bachelor of Arts and Music, alongside a diploma of Chinese studies at Monash University. His passion lies at the cross-section of mental health, education and public health generally.
Thomas brings years of experience working within the NFP and public sector, including diverse experience at a local, state and nationwide level in various projects and initiatives focussed on student empowerment, student voice and student-centred policy development. Thomas is also a Director at the Tombolo Academy; Australia’s first independent secondary school dedicated to the specialist education of Twice-exceptional (2E) students.
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.
Education and Communications 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.
Administration, Science and Research Officer
Bavly graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) from the University of Queensland with class IIa honours. Since then Bavly has worked as a clinical pharmacist in hospitals in Cairns, Geelong and Melbourne, also taking some time to work in community and aged care settings.
Bavly has a passion and a drive for public health and has always sought to make a difference in the current systems of healthcare, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and creating a happier and healthier society.
Having experienced his own personal battle with depression, he has since become passionate about mental health and has decided to become an advocate in the field. He has been working to open the conversation around mental health among Egyptians in his local Coptic Orthodox Community.
Bavly’s experience in the medical field, his science background and research capabilities combined with his hard work ethic and passion for mental health make him a great fit and asset for Mind Medicine Australia. Hoping to help pioneer a new paradigm of mental health treatments in Australia.
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.
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.