Phil Dye has been described as the engaging yet slightly mad king of Australian citizen neuroscience.
He began his career as a school teacher on the South Coast of NSW. After 16 years of teaching, he retrained in Communication Management specializing in science and medical communication.
Phil worked for the NSW Blood Service and the Australian Bone Marrow Registry before eventually becoming the National Communication Manager for the Australian Organ Donation and Transplantation Service (ACCORD). In this role he was the winner of the NSW Golden Target Award for his school-based community communication programs around organ donation.
He went on to lecture in Communication at UTS and in 1998, wrote ‘The Father Lode’, published by Allen and Unwin.
Between 2011 and 2013, Phil worked with people with extreme disabilities. These were people who had up to 80 seizures a day or had never experienced a voluntary movement in their life. His musical skill (just search Spotify for Phil Dye) became an important part of this work and began his interest in the brain.
In 2014 he became an educator in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of NSW. His role was to make complex concepts simple and use plain English to teach everyone from school aged children to visiting overseas medical delegations.
One of the concepts he explained was the use of the Deep Brain Implant to treat conditions like Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy. This further seeded his fascination with the brain and led him to create Mindz Brainplay – the first concept to take neuroscience out of the lab and into the schools, pubs, nightclubs and boardrooms. Mindz Brainplay operated franchisees throughout Australia and Phil began to be known as Phil Dye the Brain Guy.
Covid-19 changed Mindz Brainplay from a multi-state entity to a single NSW entity. ‘Phil Dye the Brain Guy’ is the result this devolution yet Phil remains as passionate about brain health and education as he was in 2014.
In July 2020, Phil was mentioned by name in Federal Parliament for his contribution to community.