In Australia, medicinal cannabis is available to patients via the Special Access Scheme and Authorised Prescriber Scheme.  There are different regulations in each state regarding access.  You should speak to your doctor first if you are interested in accessing medicinal cannabis to determine whether it is appropriate for your health needs.  If your doctor thinks that medicinal cannabis i an appropriate treatment for you, they will first seek approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to prescribe, and will 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.