Getting started

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Getting started

The prescription of medicinal cannabis in Australia is restricted by the Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and requires an application to be submitted by a doctor on your behalf.

 

The TGA allows doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients who could benefit from it, if they have not responded to conventional medical treatments or if their current treatment has unbearable side effects.

 

Although your doctor does not need to complete any further training to prescribe medicinal cannabis, they must assess which medication and titration is most suitable for your individual needs. The application, called an SAS-B, must include clinically justified reasons for the use of medicinal cannabis over conventional treatments, as well as detailing the dosing routine and length of treatment the patient is expected to undergo.

Depending on your condition and treatment plan, plant based therapies like medicinal cannabis could provide an alternative from standard or frontline treatments. You may be eligible for a prescription, but this must be supported by your doctor and initiated through the TGA’s SASB pathway. To get this process started, speak with your doctor.

Speaking to your doctor

Like any medication, the use of plant based therapies like medicinal cannabis must be assessed and managed by the doctor in charge of your primary care – often this is your general practitioner (GP). It is preferred that your initial consultation and assessment is completed with your existing doctor – they have access to your history and an established understanding of your response to treatments. During this consultation your doctor can explain the potential benefits of the various plant based treatments and dosages available. Your doctor will ensure both your current treatment plan and the use of other plant based treatments is appropriate and tailored for your condition.

Should your doctor require more information before applying on your behalf, you can use our downloadable help guides during this conversation or ask one of our consultants to speak with them directly. Cannatrek has a dedicated team of consultants who can discuss the potential benefits and range of plant based treatments available that could be suitable for you.

Although many doctors in Australia are open to alternative treatment options, there could be some hesitation from your doctor. If this is the case, and you still wish to pursue a plant based therapy prescription, Cannatrek Access can provide an alternative option.

The application, called an SAS-B, must include clinically justified reasons for the use of medicinal cannabis over conventional treatments, as well as detailing the dosing routine and length of treatment the patient is expected to undergo.

Cannatrek Access helps link patients with independent doctors who support the potential of plant based therapies.

Cannatrek Access online platform

Cannatrek has created a platform to link patients with independent doctors who support the potential of medicinal cannabis. These doctors have experience prescribing medicinal cannabis and can reliably advise on currently available products, titration, and the general usefulness of medicinal cannabis for your condition. 

Telehealth consultations

Using Cannatrek Access, you can book a convenient telehealth appointment with one of these certified doctors. During this initial consultation, the doctor will discuss with you your lifestyle, explore your medical history and address any questions you have about plant based therapies. If they believe you are eligible, they can formally apply for a prescription.

The review and processing time for this SAS-B application in Australia is relatively quick and your doctor will contact you as soon as an approved application arrives. As part of your treatment, you will set up regular check-ins with your doctor where you will review your experience and plan for any adjustments in your medical regimen.

Finding the right treatment and dosage for you may take some trial and error, and general practice is to start with a lower dosage to give your body time to adjust. Speak to your doctor or one of our consultants for advice on which product may be best for you.

Click here to book a telehealth appointment today or reach out to one of our Cannatrek team for more information.