Our Purpose



A healthy and connected community that nurtures human wellbeing and ecological awareness. Supported by the careful use of psychedelics.



We provide insight, expertise, and community support to the evolving landscape of medicinal psychedelic research in Australia



High-impact scientific research into the applications and mechanisms of medicinal psychedelics, and supporting technology.



Initiate and support medicinal psychedelic research and related technology to build a next-generation mental health system.

Our Values



Our approach is iterative and informed by research integrating emerging evidence to maximise benefits and mitigate risks.


Our research honours Open Science principles. We value knowledge sharing, education and translation.  


We are committed to paradigmatic change through the process of evolving knowledge.



We are honest, authentic, and accountable. We apply an ethical and considered approach in the pursuit of excellence.



We seek to enhance the wellbeing of the wider community while supporting an ecosystem of contributors, fellow researchers, and clinicians.



We stand for equal rights and access. We are committed to research that benefit those from all socio-economic and aim to honour traditional indigenous perspectives.

Our Team

Dr Martin Williams

Executive Director

Martin Williams, PhD is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University. His research background is in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology. Martin is a co-investigator on a number of Australian clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, including the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne study of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in palliative care; the Monash PsiConnect neuroimaging study of psilocybin with mindfulness meditation; the Swinburne pilot study and 3PAP RCT of 2- vs 3-dose psilocybin-assisted therapy for depression; and several other studies of psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelics for the treatment of a range of mental health conditions. Martin has been an articulate advocate for psychedelic medical research and the evidence-based clinical translation of psychedelic-assisted therapies for almost twenty years. He has co-authored several papers providing an Australian perspective, presents regularly at conferences and symposia, and is a commentator on psychedelic research and governance in Australian print and broadcast media.


Dr Stephen Bright


Dr Stephen Bright is a clinically-trained psychologist who has worked in the mental and health field for more than 20 years. Dr Bright supervisors PhD and Masters students’ research at Edith Cowan University, where he teaches counselling skills and psychopharmacology. He has published research on psychedelics, psychometrics and drug policy. Dr Bright is the principal investigator and co-therapist for Australia’s first clinical trial of MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is also an Associate Investigator and lead therapist for WA’s first trial of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. Dr Bright has given expert testimony to parliamentary inquest and court hearings. He was awarded Edith Cowan University’s Most Prolific Conversation Author in 2018 and 2019. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys kite surfing along Perth’s beaches. 



Dr Karen Hitchcock


Dr Karen Hitchcock is a specialist physician and fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. She worked in major metropolitan hospitals for fifteen years before moving into private practice. Dr Hitchcock was one of Australia’s first authorised prescribers of medicinal cannabis. She was an associate investigator and trial therapist in the St. Vincent’s hospital Melbourne study of psilocybin assisted psychotherapy in palliative care. Karen has been a vocal advocate for drug reform, cannabis and psychedelic medicine for many years.
Karen holds a PhD in English Literature and is an award-winning writer of fiction and non- fiction focussing on medicine and society. She has written three books and has been a columnist and essayist for the Monthly magazine since 2012.

Jonathan Carmichael


Jonathan Carmichael is an ethnobotanical activist who is interested in social justice and the environment. He is a co-founder, conference director and President of the charity Entheogenesis Australis (EGA), which is devoted to critical thinking and knowledge sharing around ethnobotanical plants, fungi, nature, and sustainability. Jonathan has been working as its primary driver in a volunteer capacity for almost two decades. He is also a founding member of the charity Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM) and is active on their committee.  He is also an artistic and freelance photographer, and his photographic works have been published and shown in a number of galleries. 



Steph Tzanetis


Steph has a decade’s experience providing formalised psychedelic harm reduction in Australia and overseas, including in Portugal and North America, as the DanceWize Program Director at Harm Reduction Victoria.  A focus for DanceWize has always been psychedelic support that is based on the trip sit principles taught by comparable international programs, like MAPS Zendo Project and Kosmicare. DanceWize has had a partnership with PRISM since 2013, which has allowed the exchange of training and other collaborations.  Steph has qualifications in law, humanities, alcohol and other drugs, a Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law and is a volunteer community lawyer, with an interest in health-focused and evidence-based drug law reform; is on several boards, including as a member of Pill Testing Australia, having managed the service delivery of the trials in the ACT in 2018 and 2019. Health rights and human rights are topics close to her heart.


Melissa Warner


Melissa is on a mission to elucidate the potential of psychedelics, meditation, and technology to enhance human health and flourishing. She is the Secretary of Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine (PRISM), co-founder of Cyberdelic Labs, co-director of the Cyberdelic Society, a meditation teacher at Signs of Life Psychology, and a co-founder of The Australian Psychedelic Society.. In her role for PRISM, Melissa supports the development of psychedelic research trials as a Research Associate at Swinburne University. At Cyberdelic Labs she is an experience designer for virtual reality meditation adventures. As a scientist, meditation guide and artist, Melissa seeks to nurture an ecosystem that embraces the capacities of creativity, renewal and collaboration.


Building Australia's psychedelic research network

Current and future Australian research in this space will offer a crucial pathway for the provision of psychedelic-assisted therapy and to develop our understanding of consciousness itself. Notably, none of the current research into psychedelic-assisted treatments for mental illness in Australia is receiving government funding. With your support, our research paves the way for establishing evidence-informed psychedelic-assisted treatments


We are a DGR-1 non-profit research charity developing medical and legal processes for the application of psychedelic medicines for improved wellbeing.