Expert Partners

Our expert partners are specialists from different disciplines in the cannabis industry. They help guide and create content so that you can be confident that you’re getting information that’s reliable, relevant, and true. Join the expert team or learn more about our partners and how they contribute to cannabis research, education and industry growth.

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Professor Ian Brighthope

Founder (Entoura)

Professor Ian Brighthope is a retired medical practitioner with over 40 years of experience. Ian has been a pioneer in Australian nutritional and integrative medicine. He’s the founder of Entoura, a medical cannabis manufacturer and educational company.

Caroline Dwyer

Nurse Practitioner (CA Clinics)

Caroline is a nurse practitioner and women’s health advocate. She is an advocate for natural therapies like meditation, yoga and always takes a holistic approach with her patients.

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Dr Amy Gajjar FRACGP

GP & Integrative Medicine Specialist

Dr Amy believes in taking an integrative medical approach. She incorporates knowledge and skills from a variety of areas including functional medicine, meditation, Ayurvedic lifestyle and more. Dr Amy has seen the power of cannabis first hand and treats patients with medical cannabis when applicable.

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Tom Arkell

Researcher (Lambert Initiative)

Thomas Arkell is a psychopharmacologist with a background in psychology and philosophy. He has a fascination with all things cannabis and a broad interest in how psychoactive drugs affect human behaviour and cognition and our experience of the world around us.

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Steven Notaro

Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs (Cann Group)

Steven Notaro is the Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Cann Group Limited. He is committed to fostering the development of the Australian medicinal cannabis industry and supporting the supply of high-quality medicinal cannabis products to patients in Australia and across the globe.

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Joel Hardy

Co-founder & CEO (Cymra Life Sciences)

Joel is the co-founder & CEO of Cymra Life Sciences a cultivator and manufacturer of medical cannabis. Cymra was one of the first companies to be awarded an Australian cannabis licence. He is excited by the possibility of producing cannabis medicine tailored to treat chronic pain patients.

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Dr Mark Hardy

Medical Director (CA Clinics)

Dr Hardy has been an addiction medicine specialist since 2010. He entered the medicinal cannabis space in search of evidence based alternatives to ineffective treatment for chronic pain patients. Dr Hardy has played a massive role in medical cannabis education.


Dr Joe Kosterich

Medical Advisor (Little Green Pharma)

Dr Joe Kosterich wants you to be healthy and get the most out of life. Dr Joe is a medical advisor to Little Green Pharma and writes for numerous medical and mainstream publications. Dr Joe continues to see patients as a GP each week and is a proponent for medical cannabis education.

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Diandra Phipps

COO of Tetra Health

Diandra Phipps is the COO and co-founder of Tetra Health, a leading healthcare network that assists patients and physicians in accessing legal medical cannabis across Australia. Diandra has over 5 years experience in the global medical cannabis industry across Canada and Australia.

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Dr Hannah Kirk

Developmental Neuroscientist, Monash Uni.

Dr Hannah Kirk is a Developmental Neuroscientist and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, at Monash University. Hannah has a keen interest in childhood development.

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Rhys Cohen

Cannabis Consultant

Rhys is a drug policy and politics nerd with a social science background. He’s a passionate advocate for evidence-based drug policy and medical cannabis access.

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Dr James Connell

Founder: Forage Medicine & Lifestyle

Dr James Connell (Dr Jim) is an RACGP accredited General Practitioner. Dr Jim has developed special interests in chronic pain, palliative care, musculoskeletal medicine, chronic disease management and mental health. These areas of interest have naturally led Dr Jim to investigate and utilise cannabis medicines to help his patients optimise their quality of life.

Australian Cannabis Experiences

Science and people’s experiences are two of the most important and opinion forming elements of the cannabis conversation. While science can tell us how the plant works, it’s people’s stories and experiences that actually shape public opinion, drive policies and create political change. Dive into real Australians’ cannabis experiences or share your own with the community.