Mind Medicine Australia has appointed Ronnie Figdor OAM as its first Chief Operating Officer. Figdor, who has been lecturing in medical and business ethics for almost three decades, has a background in medical research, education, computing and management.
What are Ronnie’s thoughts on PAT?
“I see no conflict between the promotion of psychedelic-assisted therapies (PAT) and my background in ethics. The medical research is overwhelmingly indicating positive results in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, depression and other mental illness disorders,” he said.
His appointment comes on the back of recent research by Essential Research indicating that two thirds of Australians were in favour of using psychedelic-assisted therapies in medical settings for the treatment of mental illness, an every-growing problem in Australia.
Unlike anti-depressants and other drug modalities that require long-term use in “managing” illness, some psychedelics have been shown to be efficacious in “curing” the illness in just 2 or 3 sessions. Recently, the Australian Psychological Society made the use of psychedelic-assisted therapies its cover feature article in its quarterly member magazine InPsych.
What will Figdor offer Mind Medicine Australia?
The TGA is reviewing the scheduling of psilocybin and MDMA for medical use. Mind Medicine Australia’s website had over 55,000 hits in the lead up to the close of TGA submissions on the reclassification of these medicines. Figdor will also use his background as an educator to lead the affiliated Mind Medicine Institute which runs certification courses on PAT for medical, psychological and psychiatric clinicians in an area which has become highly specialised.
MMA’s Chair Peter Hunt AM and Executive Director Tania de Jong AM said: “We are very excited to welcome Ronnie Figdor OAM to the team. His background, skills and experience are an excellent complement to our wonderful team. We look forward to progressing this new frontier in the treatment of mental illness in Australia and beyond with Ronnie and team.”