3 October 2018
Cannabis Access Clinics announced today that it has launched Queensland’s first medicinal cannabis clinic, focused on helping doctors and patients navigate the regulatory pathway for prescribing medicinal cannabis products.
The Brisbane clinic adds to Cannabis Access Clinics in Sydney and Melbourne. Patients unable to attend a clinic have the option of a video-based telehealth consultation.
Cannabis Access Clinics are staffed with GPs and specialists, and support patients who suffer from conditions for which there is some evidence that medicinal cannabis therapies may be beneficial. The clinics work in accordance with TGA guidance on medicinal cannabis, consulting patients with conditions including chronic pain (including cancer pain), chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer (CINV), multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety, sleep disorders, PTSD and other conditions.
Cannabis Access Clinics Medical Director, Dr Sanjay Nijhawan, (MBBS, FRACGP, FACRRM, DIPPDERM(WALES) MHCD(HARVARD) commented, “We are pleased to be able to extend our clinic network to Queensland. The Queensland Department of Health has worked hard to streamline regulations and make access to treatment easier for patients in need.”
The clinic welcomes referrals from GPs or specialists who feel their patients may benefit from medical cannabis treatments, and works with clinicians to provide ongoing monitoring and reporting of the patient’s progress.
Cannabis Access Clinic patient 38 year old Narina Carter from Coffs Harbour says, “After a short comprehensively monitored dose building period I am ecstatic to say that I am having aremarkable response and am able to resume simple but vital components of my everyday lifestyle such as showering without being monitored, hold a decent conversation and perform a little cooking and cleaning around the house and for that my family and myself will be eternally grateful”.
The clinic charges an out-of-pocket fee of $200 for an initial consultation, with additional costs for patients who continue with government application and treatment. Approvals typically come within 1 week from application submission date, subject to case complexity. The clinic does not take walk-in appointments, and only sees patients who have exhausted all conventional therapies for their condition and are likely to be clinically assessed as suitable.
Cannabis Access Clinics is privately owned. Cannabis Access Clinics is not operationally affiliated with any product company (it is not a “shop”) and its doctors maintain complete clinical independence from a prescribing perspective.
Using a Telehealth model, our 15 minute screening appointments provide a quick and convenient way to assess the suitability of a patient’s condition for treatment prior to discussing options with their own doctor.