Astrid Dispensary founder and CEO Lisa Nguyen has joined Dr James Stewart, Dr Debbie Herbst, Professor Bruce Mitchell and Dr Harry Unglik on Levin Health’s medical advisory board.
Founded in Melbourne in 2020, specialist pharmacy Astrid employs more than 20 staff and has helped more than 10,000 patients access medicinal cannabis since its inception.
Nguyen said: “I’m incredibly passionate about finding more ways to help break down the lasting stigma [surrounding] medicinal cannabis and for it to be recognised and accepted widely across Australia as a natural treatment option.”
“Levin Health has a wonderful team of scientists and doctors on board to provide world-leading trials and research in this space. They’re working hard at breaking down the stigma every day.”
Levin Health managing director Mark Brayshaw said Nguyen’s knowledge and experience would be a great addition to the advisory board.
He added: “Providing research and education through evidence-based trials and real-world cases is crucial to our endeavours in ensuring potential patients have access and understand the research and advice available for medicinal cannabis.”
Earlier this year, the sports science company received ethics approval for a clinical trial in collaboration with La Trobe University’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, investigating the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis in treating people with chronic pain following musculoskeletal injury.
It also boasts an all-star line up on its sports advisory board, featuring NRL great Andrew Johns, Basketball Hall of Famer Lauren Jackson, AFL coaches Alastair Clarkson and Damien Hardwick and champion jockey Damien Oliver.