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1. Consult your usual Doctor

Patients considering medicinal cannabis treatment should first discuss this option with their treating GP or specialist medical practitioner. 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 below: