Medicinal Cannabis Consultation

Our focus is to help patients with chronic conditions who may benefit from medicinal cannabis. Our GPs will clinically assess and prescribe according to Australian TGA and State regulations. You may visit the TGA website for more information on federal government rules pertaining to access to medical cannabis in Australia.

The Queensland laws do not limit what symptoms or conditions may be applied for by your GP. However, the GP will need to supply sufficient scientific evidence that supports the use of medicinal cannabis for the particular symptom or condition.

About Medicinal Cannabis

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids which extracted as a therapeutic good from cannabis. It is scheduled for 4 (S4) prescription–only medicine. It doesn’t produce any intoxicating effects.

CBD is used to treat epilepsy and inflammatory disorders and relieve pain.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the cannabinoids which extracted as therapeutic good from cannabis. THC, when prepared of packed for human therapeutic use, are “controlled drugs” under schedule 8 (S8) of the poison’s standard.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is used to treat symptoms including pain, nausea and muscle spasticity. It is associated with some of the intoxicating effects of cannabis

Note: THC is not appropriate for people with a history of psychosis or a current mood or anxiety disorder. Driving with THC in your system is a criminal offence even if you have been prescribed medical cannabis. The standard advice for cannabis patients is to wait for five days before driving or risk a fine or a suspended license.

What You Need To Know

How can patients be prescribed medicinal cannabis?

Step 1: Book in with your GP!

You will need to book in for an initial consultation where your GP will assess your condition and make a decision about whether to apply for medicinal cannabis on your behalf.

Note: If St George on Mermaid Beach is not your primary healthcare practice or if you are a new patient, you will need to bring:

  • a referral from your regular GP/Specialist with,
  • a full medication history listing previous & current medications for your condition, and
  • current Chronic Disease Management Plan (if applicable)

The criteria to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis is very strict. Our GPs need as much of your medical history as possible to provide to the TGA.

Step 2: Getting Approval and Script

If your GP determines that medicinal cannabis is a suitable treatment for you, they will contact the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for approval.  This can take 1 -2 weeks.  Once the TGA has approved the submission, your prescription can be written.

Step 3: Ongoing Treatment and Monitoring

All Reedy Creek Medical Centre patients will be monitored to assess the outcome of  their treatment. Monitoring is done at approximately monthly intervals.

How Much Do The Consultations Cost? 

A Standard Initial Consultation is approximately 30 minutes. The cost is $150.00 (If you have a current Australian Medicare Card you are entitled to a rebate of $75.05)

All subsequent appointments are $95.00 (If you have a current Australian Medicare Card you are entitled to a rebate of $75.05).

 

Cost of medicinal cannabis?

Medical cannabis is not on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) so patients need to pay the costs of purchasing the product.

A rough estimate of cost is $150 – 300 per month for CBD oil.

There is currently no government subsidy for the cost of medicinal cannabis.

For more information, please book in to speak with your GP!