Medicinal cannabis is available to Australian patients via the Special Access Scheme and Authorised Prescriber Scheme. Laws governing access vary from state to state. You should always speak to your doctor before trying medicinal cannabis. If your health care professional believes that medical cannabis could be an appropriate treatment for you, then they will first need approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to prescribe. Your doctor will then be responsible for monitoring your treatment.
Accessing Medicinal Cannabis in Australia
1. Talk to your doctor about medicinal cannabis
First, your doctor will conduct a full medical and mental health assessment. They will make a list of all other treatments or medicine you currently take or have previously taken. Your doctor may also decide to refer you to another doctor with expertise in medicinal cannabis. Please contact us directly if you would like further information about doctors with expertise in the field of medicinal cannabis.
2. Get your doctors recommendation
Your doctor will research the use of medicinal cannabis for your condition. Doctors must only prescribe medicinal cannabis based on evidence and your risk factors. If medicinal cannabis is suitable for your condition, your doctor will need to apply for approval, which may take several days. More information about the approval process is available here.
3. Accessing medicinal cannabis
If approved, your doctor will write a prescription for your medicinal cannabis treatment. Your doctor will then be able to send your approval and prescription to a pharmacy that holds or can order your prescribed product.
4. Monitoring your progress
It is important to check in regularly with your doctor to discuss whether medicinal cannabis is working for you, or if you are experiencing any side effects