The cannabis treatment in available for certain medical conditions and is prescribed by your health practitioner. Cannabis clinics are experts in the prescription process of cannabis that suits various illnesses and disorders. Here we have a state by state guide on understanding the cannabis treatment process in Australia.
Where can you get medical cannabis treatment in Australia?
Note: The information given on this page is not medical advice and should be taken in conjunction with medical professional advice. Individuals wanting medical advice on this issue should consult their local healthcare professionals.
The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act of 2016 came into effect and allowing some states to have general practitioners and/or specialist to prescribe medicinal marijuana to patients. However, nation wide exception to this rule is the requirement for special approval for children under 16 and patients with a history of drug abuse.
Where can you get medical cannabis treatment by state:
In New South Wales any medical practitioner can prescribe medicinal cannabis if they believe it is clinically appropriate. As cannabis is a relatively new treatment option, NSW has put in place both expert clinical guidance and support for NSW doctors considering prescribing a cannabis medicine for their patient (Read More).
Medical cannabis for human use has been regulated as a medicine in South Australia since 2016. The federal legislative Read More changes came into effect in and the patient access pathway to acquire medical cannabis products.
Tasmania established a medical cannabis controlled access scheme (CAS) in 2017. medical cannabis scheme provides patients with both safe and legal access to medical quality cannabis products to treat specific illnesses and disorders.
Tasmania established a medical cannabis controlled access scheme (CAS) in 2017.e medical cannabis scheme provides patients with both safe and legal access to medical quality cannabis products to treat specific illnesses and disorders.
In Western Australia any medical practitioner can prescribe medicinal cannabis if they believe it is clinically appropriate and they have the necessary Commonwealth and State approvals. There are two exceptions that require special approval, children under 16 and patients with a history of drug abuse.
Australia’s Capital Territory established the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme on the 21st of November 2016 (Read More). The medical cannabis scheme provides patients with both safe and legal access to medical quality cannabis products to treat specified illnesses and disorders. Any medical doctor has the ability to prescribe medicinal cannabis, as long as they believe it is clinically appropriate. As part of the scheme, patients with their doctor’s approval and application on behalf of the patient can apply for category 6 - medical cannabis prescription.
In the Northern Territory (NT) Cannabis is still classed as a Schedule 8 (S8) substances. Therefore, authorisation from NT Chief Health Officer (CHO) is required before the “restricted” substances can be dispensed to a pharmacy. In order to obtain medical cannabis in the NT, a patient must first get an Initial application made on behalf of them by their specialist. The general practitioner (GP) will offer advice and guidance about whether medical cannabis is the right treatment for you. If they believed that cannabis will be the best treatment option, you will then be referred to specialist and an application made on your behalf to the CHO.
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