Dr Anthony Bloch Chair 
Anthony works as a Rural Generalist Senior Medical Officer and lives with his wife and 2 daughters on 30 acres of unceded land of the Djirbalngan and Yidinjdji people on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands in the hinterland high above Cairns.  While based here, work takes him all over the country and to date he has worked in over 50 communities in Australia from the Torres Straits to South Australia and Sydney to Kalgoorlie. The work covers the full spectrum of rural hospital-based medicine including Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine as well as flying doctor work with the RFDS and others. As much of this work is Emergency and Critical Care, he is confronted every working day with the limitations of our mental health treatments to reduce the suffering of Australians from the cities to the remotest of Indigenous communities. The promise of Psychedelic Assisted therapy to address some of this suffering led him on a journey of learning. He completed a Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy in Australia in 2021 and then the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research with the California Institute of Integrated Studies in 2022. With the welcomed changes in scheduling by the TGA, Australia was placed in a world-first situation. Anthony is honoured to be able to facilitate the work of some of the most talented and expert professionals in the field of PAT in Australia to bring world-leading accountability, safety and efficacy to this exciting new model of care. 
Dr Lani Roy-Psychologist, Social Worker, Advocate.

Dr Alana (Lani) Roy is a Melbourne-based psychologist, social worker, and therapist with extensive experience in mental health, suicide prevention, trauma, sexual abuse, family violence, and the disability sector. Lani provides Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP) for clients accessing ketamine treatment in Australia and is actively engaged in research trials focusing on novel molecules. She is currently researching Australian community Ayahuasca and has a passion for co-production, co-design and harm reduction with people who have lived experience. Lani specialises in complex trauma, disabilities, and dual diagnosis, providing therapy in Auslan sign language for the Deaf community. She provides a range of psychedelic education programs in the community and with The Biomedical Institute of Yoga and Meditation; she is passionate about integrating science and the sacred.  She is a board-approved psychology supervisor. Lani coordinates the psychedelic and plant medicine Mental Health Professional Network (MHPN), is an advisor for Cyberdelics Virtual Reality technologies, and Chapter Lead for Psychedelic Medicine America. Furthermore, she has completed an Advanced Diploma in Nature Based Therapies and is committed to expanding PAT outside clinical rooms into more nature-based settings. Lani has  cultivated an approach named Integrative Psychedelic Integrative Somatic (IPSP) approach focusing on the somatic, relational, transpersonal, and metacognitive domains.

Josh Crawford. CEO
Josh is an experienced operations and project manager, working across public and private sectors. Josh has worked closely with corporate and advisory boards in Australia, Europe and the USA with The RAND Corporation, to identify and develop strategic partnerships, complete executive planning and administration, and operationalise outcomes. With the Australian Research Council, Josh worked with advisory boards and selection committees to award government grants.

Kimberley Kifun. Education 

Originally from London, Kimberley lives quietly nestled in the landscape of Dja DJa Wurrung country, overlooking the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. She is passionate about education and has a background in developing programs and delivering training in fields including government-funded initiatives, community outreach, the arts, environmental conservation, hospitality, permaculture education and the Not-For-Profit sector.

Kimberley is devoted to supporting her community and has volunteered in board roles in academia, conservation and the arts. She co-founded a charity which raised money for locally run community projects across the globe, from Kosovo to Iran. The charity sought to empower individuals and local communities, and saw Kimberley cycle from London to Melbourne. Based in Melbourne, Kimberley has an Advanced Diploma in Group Work Facilitation and a Bachelors in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

She believes deeply in the power of interpersonal group psychotherapy and other group work in various settings from strategic planning in the corporate world to rites of passage in the personal domain. Having completed a Certificate of Psychedelic Assisted Therapies (CPAT), Kimberley is honoured to contribute to the field as Education Director for AMAPP, ensuring support as we learn to navigate the terrain of PAT in Australia together.

Dr Chaitanya Kotapati. Policy
Dedicated and accomplished medical professional, Dr. Chaitanya Kotapati, is a registered medical practitioner based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Currently advancing through the RACMA Fellowship Program, he brings a wealth of experience from both clinical and medical administration roles in various teaching hospitals. Residing in Brisbane with his wife, also a professional colleague, and their two school-going children, Dr. Kotapati has established a strong connection within the local community. As a Policy Board Member at AMAPP (Australian Medical Association of Psychedelic Practitioners), Dr. Kotapati leverages his skills as a medical administrator. His focus is on actively contributing to policy development and enhancing healthcare delivery, particularly for patients benefiting from innovative and evidence-based treatments by psychedelic practitioners. Dr. Kotapati has a rich background in medical administration, complemented by years of clinical experience in ICU settings. His multidisciplinary approach and leadership skills have been honed through diverse roles, fostering effective teamwork and optimal patient care. Drawing from personal experience in dealing with mental health challenges, Dr. Kotapati has emerged as an empathetic healthcare leader. His commitment extends beyond hospital settings, actively participating in the broader community of caregivers involved in multidisciplinary healthcare in both hospital and community care settings. Dr. Kotapati has made significant contributions to the field through research in pharmacokinetics in critically ill patients and exploring the impact of simulation training on teamwork in complex healthcare settings. These endeavors reflect his commitment to ensuring a safe model of care delivery for patients with complex illnesses. Passionate about creating psychologically safe spaces in healthcare delivery, Dr. Kotapati envisions an environment where fully qualified clinicians can operate at their best scope, ultimately leading to best health outcomes for all patients. His dedication to improving the trust and overall experience of healthcare stakeholders underscores his commitment to holistic and patient-centered care. This biodata encapsulates Dr. Chaitanya Kotapati's professional journey, skills, and overarching vision, emphasizing his commitment to advancing healthcare practices and fostering positive outcomes for both patients and healthcare professionals.
Thomas Curtain. Board Secretary

Originally from Alaska and now based in Melbourne, Thomas recently joined the board of directors as the AMAPP board secretary. Before transitioning into mental health, Thomas worked in software development, event management, and community development. Thomas graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in History. He is currently working within the disability support space. Thomas's interest in psychology was born out of his lived experience with mental health, resulting in a desire to help others as he was helped through young adulthood. This interest led him to complete his Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and Honours in Psychology from Monash University. He is currently attending Swinburne University studying his Master’s of Clinical Psychology. Thomas has a particular interest in neurodivergence, psychedelics, and trauma. He envisions a future where alternative therapeutic methods are accepted and integrated into mainstream treatment, potentially revolutionising how we approach mental health and well-being. Thomas's background in software development has instilled in him a methodical approach to problem-solving, while his experience in event management and community development has allowed him to foster a deeper understanding of community needs. He values critical analysis, systems thinking, and an integrative holistic approach to psychology. Currently, his focus lies in disability support, aiming to improve the lives of individuals within this sphere. Thomas aims to leverage his expanding knowledge in psychology and broad practical experience to make a tangible difference.

Candice Y.X Treasurer
A high-performing professional CPA with over 16 years of experience in medium to large multinational companies, government entities, and leading non-profit organizations. Candice has worked extensively across the FMCG, healthcare, financial services, and public sectors, proactively supporting the enhancement and enforcement of financial discipline and integrity. She have productively engaged with leadership teams to enable achievements in efficient and effective financial management and control. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and a Master in International Relations.

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