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    Don’t miss out - Get your tickets early! Previous session have sold out weeks in advance!

    Mind Medicine Australia is thrilled to invite you to our screening of Fantastic Fungi on Monday the 1st of March 2021 at 6:30pm.

    Don't miss this film! Book your tickets today.

    View the trailer here:

    Mycelium is a life preserver, not only for our species, but for so many of the species that inhabit our Earth.

    We're asking you to start this revolution in the ecology of consciousness. Please help us. We can save this planet with your help and the help of Mycelium.

    There are currently no medications that have proven effective in dealing with the massive increase in addiction, depression, trauma and suicide

    Psychedelic medicines are showing extraordinary results in clinical trials, and are on the fast track to becoming one of the most transformative tools of our time.

    In a world where people feel so deeply disconnected, the use of medications to further detach them may work to dampen the emotions that are experienced, but often provide little relief and no profound insights into the internal experience of life. What science has shown is that psilocybin works to calm the region of the brain called the Default Mode Network and stimulates connections between new or under-utilised regions of the brain.

    This stunning film by award-winning director Louie Schwartzberg touches on the ground-breaking work being done at Johns Hopkins, UCLA, New York University and other places. It will open a door to a meaningful and important conversation and exploration into the potential mushrooms offer.

    The film also covers topics including innovation, health, wellness and medicine, the environment and biodiversity, foraging, food and cooking, consciousness and spirituality, culture, history and the arts.

    How can you help? Watch the film! Bring along friends to watch the film together. Discuss the subject matter with others in your communities, and ask them to do the same. 

    "Schwartzberg’s film quickly proves to be one of the year’s most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs.” 

    -Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

    Director: Louis Schwartzberg
    Producers: Elease Lui & Lyn Lear 
    Writer: Mark Monroe


    Date: Monday 1st of March 2021
    Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm start – 8:50pm (incl Q&A Panel) 
    Location: Palace Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW
    Ticket Price:
    $30 Early Bird (ends February 18) / $35 General Admission / $25 Concession

    Post Viewing Discussion Panel: 

    Following the screening there will be a Q & A panel. This will be an opportunity to engage in a discussion about psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies for mental illness broadly, and what Mind Medicine Australia and other local organisations are doing here in Australia.

    More about Mind Medicine Australia and medicinal psychedelic-assisted therapy:

    Mind Medicine Australia is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation working on the use of medicinal psilocybin and MDMA-assisted therapies to treat a range of mental illnesses. 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.

    Unlike current treatments such as anti-depressants, which only manage the illness and can have nasty side effects, psilocybin and MDMA assisted therapies have been scientifically proven to be a safe and effective cure for anxiety, depression, end-of-life stress, addictions and PTSD after just a short treatment program. These medicines are also currently being researched for dementia, eating disorders, OCD and a number of other conditions. Both medicines have been granted Breakthrough Therapy Status by the FDA in the USA to fast-track their approval. This designation is only given to medicines which may prove to be vastly superior to existing treatments.

    At Mind Medicine Australia we are dedicated to helping the now global movement to spread this awareness and ensure these medicines are available via the medical system. Please watch and share our 2 minute animation to find out why psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy needs to be available to those who are suffering.

    More about the panel:

    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 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 is an active philanthropist involved in funding, developing and scaling social sector organisations which seek to create a better and fairer world. 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.

    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 over the past 3 decades. 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.

    Dr Simon Longstaff AO 
    B.Ed., Ph.D 
    Director of Mind Medicine Australia and Executive Director at the Ethics Institute

    Dr Simon Longstaff commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. He undertook postgraduate studies in Philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

    Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

    Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century. In 2013 Dr Longstaff was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.”

    Dr Mark Cross 
    MBChB, MRCPsych(UK), FRANZCP  
    Psychiatrist and SANE Board Director    

    Doctor Mark Cross is a psychiatrist with clinical experience over 3 decades. He graduated as a doctor in Cape Town, specialised in the UK, and has worked as a specialist in Sydney since 2005. He holds senior conjoint lecturer positions at the Universities of NSW and Western Sydney. Mark has special interests in sexuality issues, Mental Health in the workplace and improving the care and quality of life of people with lived experience, and carers. In 2015, he received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists NSW Branch Meritorious Award for his “significant contribution” to psychiatry. Mark is the author of ‘Anxiety’ and co-author of ‘Changing Minds,’ both published by ABC Books/Harper Collins, and was the Lead Psychiatrist in the ABC TV series ‘Changing Minds.’ He is a well-respected speaker on Mental Health issues, a SANE Australia board member, and a passionate advocate on the importance of preventative mental health.

    Can't attend? You can still support MMA and ensure these treatments are available and accessible to those who are suffering!

    By donating to Mind Medicine Australia, you will be helping accelerate the availability and best practice of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in Australia. Mind Medicine Australia is a small organisation doing big things – we need your support.

    Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

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