How to becoming a medicinal cannabis prescriber
As cannabis medicines are mainly unapproved in Australia, doctors will need to apply to the TGA via the Special Access Scheme (SAS) pathways on behalf of their patient/s in order to prescribe medicinal cannabis. The two commonly used SAS pathways are:
1. SAS Category B (most common), and
2. Authorised Prescriber (to consider once you have submitted a few SAS B applications and are more confident to prescribe).
When prescribing medical cannabis in Australia, applying for medicinal cannabis on behalf of your patients is not as complex as many healthcare professionals may believe. The process has been streamlined to allow ease of access thanks to the TGA’s intuitive Online Portal which allows for both the TGA and State Health (if required) applications to be submitted simultaneously.
It’s important to be aware of the way medical cannabis laws differ based on the state or territory you live in. The procedure for acquiring a prescription may vary slightly between NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, TAS, NT, WA and ACT. Being aware of these nuances helps to make prescribing a smoother process.
However, before considering the application process, prescribers must first understand the application of medicinal cannabis and how to dose and monitor their patients as they find their optimal therapeutic dosage.
Free Medicinal Cannabis Introduction Course
Little Green Pharma has created a one-hour medical cannabis self-learning module for healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge in medicinal cannabis.
Presented by Dr Joe Kosterich, Little Green Pharma Medical Advisor, there are three 20 minute modules that cover the history of medical cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, research, evidence, usage, CBD/THC, case studies, and more.
Please note these courses are not RACGP accredited but you can request a statement of attendance certificate which can be used for CPD points.