1. Consult your usual Doctor
Patients considering medicinal cannabis treatment should first discuss this option with their treating GP or specialist medical practitioner. Read Talking to you doctor for more information.
Patients should be aware that currently:
- this treatment option is generally considered where other medications have proven ineffective or poorly tolerated by the patient, or where the patient is in palliative or end-of-life care.
- TGA applications (excluding those for SAS A – palliative care) need to state if the medical practitioner making the application is the patient’s ‘usual’ doctor.
Your current treating medical practitioner should have a good understanding of your medical conditions AND access to your medical records. Information regarding your medical records may need to be submitted if an application is made to the TGA. If you request a new medical practitioner submits your application then they will need to request access to your medical records and explain why they are making the application.
2. Find a Doctor
As medical cannabis is a relatively new healthcare treatment option for Australian doctors, some practitioners may lack experience or not be comfortable prescribing medicinal cannabis. As most medicinal cannabis products are currently not TGA-approved, the regulatory framework also imposes different and generally more challenges and time-consuming requirements than those applicable to TGA-approved and established products.
Because of this, GreenChoices is developing its Find a Doctor service which seeks to help patients wishing to explore this option to locate a doctor near them who is informed about medicinal cannabis treatment. If you’d like to be notified when this functionality is available, OR when there are new doctors listed in your state please register your email address in the box further below.
Please note: if you are visiting a new doctor, you will need to discuss with them the following information so they can consider your suitability for medical cannabis as a treatment option:
- Previous medical history (around the condition you would like to discuss medical cannabis as a treatment)
- Previous medications taken (for this same condition)
- List of your current medications
- Summary of prior medical history and diagnosis (eg high blood pressure , asthma etc)
It is recommended to bring this information to your consultation and you can request this from your current practice or medical centre.
3. Medical Practitioners and Clinics
Medical Practitioners currently informed about medical cannabis, registered with GreenChoices and consented to details being published:
New South Wales
GreenChoices provides this listing as a service to potential patients who legitimately need or require medical attention/medical opinion; we have no vested interest in any specific physicians, nor do we provide any assurance or guarantee with respect to their service. Inclusion in this list does not imply that a doctor endorses medicinal cannabis products.