AUSTRALIAN doctors will soon be informed enough to treat patients effectively with medical cannabis, thanks to a Medifarm health initiative.

A symposium aimed to guide doctors on the most up-to-date prescribing protocols, requirements and uses of medical cannabis will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast next month. It is the first accredited course and one delivered by doctors already prescribing the medicine.

Medifarm director Adam Benjamin encouraged all doctors to consider the July 6 symposium.

“In order to help Australian patients, we have to support and educate our doctors. The patients must be treated appropriately,” Mr Benjamin said.

“This medicine is another tool for the doctor’s bag but they are seeking more information on it.

“The last time they would likely have heard about medical cannabis is in med school where they were told not to touch it.

“We need to fast track the conversation. Australia will emerge as a global leader but we need to educate the experts who use it the most. Doctors are our gatekeepers of health.”

The guest speakers are considered global pioneers and leaders of the medical cannabis field. Mr Benjamin said the medical cannabis would be prescribed by GPs and purchased in pharmacies as normal.

He said it worked particularly well to treat conditions that other medicine was not able to. “Patients with epilepsy, pain management, palliative care patients, those with cancer and muscle conditions can really benefit,” he said. “It is fascinating medicine and we have a duty of care that must be delivered to Australian patients.”




AUSTRALIAN FIRST: Doctors from around the country will descend on the Sunshine Coast next month, for Australia's first ever medical cannabis symposium.Local leaders say our region is on track to becoming a world leader in the multi-billion dollar industry.

Posted by WIN News Sunshine Coast on Friday, 22 June 2018