Over the past four decades, there have been extraordinary breakthroughs in the treatment of a wide range of diseases, from heart disease and cancer to diabetes and dementia. Yet, despite the fact that a quarter of people will experience a mental health disorder during their lifetime, there hasn’t been anything like the same innovation in mental health.

The Neuromedicines Discovery Centre (NDC) is working to stimulate research into mental illness to bring hope to those for whom current treatments are ineffective.

The NDC offers end-to-end capability from bench to bedside and into the community.

Please note: The NDC does not provide emergency assistance. If you’re experiencing a mental health condition, your first port of call should be your GP or the emergency room of your nearest hospital. Click here for details of other organisations offering 24 hour counselling.

What is a neuromedicine?

Neuromedicine is a term to describe medicines that act on the brain, and includes psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin, ketamine and MDMA.

A wealth of evidence from studies all round the world suggests that, when combined with psychotherapy under the close supervision of a therapist, they could be helpful in the treatment of a range of mental health disorders where traditional techniques have proved ineffective.

In April 2021, the Australian government announced grants totalling $15 million to explore the efficacy of such treatments.

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