Military veteran and consultant psychiatrist Dr Richard Magtengaard

Military veteran and consultant psychiatrist Dr Richard Magtengaard will be medical director at the Bethesda Clinic in Cockburn, due to open in September next year. He will oversee specialist mental health inpatient and day programs for defence personnel, veterans and first responders.

Medicinal cannabis producer Little Green Pharma has been given approval by the WA Health Department to grow magic mushrooms for medical research. The ingredient psilocybin is being trialled as a psychedelic drug to treat depression and anxiety.

Sports science start-up Levin Health, which is researching medicinal cannabis to treat chronic pain, has appointed business leader and hockey Olympian Jenn Morris as its first female board member.

WA faculty winners in the RACGP’s annual awards for achievement and contribution to community health are GP of the Year, Dr Charl Du Plessis; GP in Training of the Year, Dr Matthew Yeoh; GP Supervisor of the Year, Dr Rebecca Hunt-Davies; and General Practice of the Year, Ellen Health.

The National Drug Research Institute based at Curtin University will present latest findings from alcohol and illicit drug research at its 2021 symposium at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 6. It will be followed by the WA Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference on October 7-8.