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Free Webinars

MDMA, Magic Mushrooms & the TGA

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About This Event:

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently approved MDMA (the active ingredient in ecstasy) and psilocybin (a compound found in magic mushrooms) to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and depression (respectively). You, like many other people, might be wondering what exactly this decision means – for sufferers of those conditions, for access to these illicit drugs - and what if anything does it have to do with workplaces? To find out more, come along to our webinar:


Date: Wednesday 5th April 2023

Time: 11:00am – 11:30am AEST

Cost:  Free

You will need a PC/notebook/tablet/smartphone to connect.

In this webinar, Associate Professor David Allen will be joined by DASA’s scientific director, John De Mellow, for a practical and informative discussion of MDMA and psilocybin in general and this TGA decision in particular.  This webinar is for executives, business owners, health and safety managers, risk managers, drug & alcohol coordinators, and health professionals.


This thirty-minute webinar will focus on the following topics:

  • ​What are MDMA and psilocybin?

  • How do these substances affect the body?

  • The TGA decision and its implications

  • Repercussions for the workplace




A/Prof David Allen, MBBS(Hons), DPH, FAFOEM Occupational and Environmental Physician, Adjunct Appointee, UNSW School of Population Health, Managing Director DASA and Sydney Occupational Health With over 34 years’ experience in occupational medicine, Dr Allen is a leading authority on managing drugs and alcohol at work.


John De Mellow, BSc, Scientific Director – A specialist in workplace drug & alcohol testing, John’s expertise spans from test kits to laboratory confirmation. He is a life member of the industry association Workplace Drug Testing Australia (WDTA), as well as WDTA’s representative on the Standards Australia ASNZS 4308 Review Committee.

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