We are very fortunate to have Dr Alex Thompson and Dr Lance Otto approved by the TGA to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis to suitable candidates and are currently accepting new patients!
If you are interested in exploring this avenue, you must book with them.
With strict guidelines for approval, to have a discussion around this option you are welcome to make an appointment
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I have to bring to my initial consultation?
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
♦ if you have a current Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) please bring this too.
How much do the consultations cost?
The Initial Consultation is for approximately 30 minutes. The cost is $240.00. We will also contact you for a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your appointment. If you have a current Australian Medicare Card you may be entitled to a rebate.
All follow-up appointments are approximately $89.10, depending on the length required for consultation. You may be entitled to a Medicare rebate.
If you are a Gold Card DVA Cardholder, the Doctor can apply to DVA for full coverage of the consultations.
Why do I need a referral to see one of your Doctors?
Currently, the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) & Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) require it.
The criteria to prescribe is very strict. Our Doctors need as much of your medical history as possible to provide to the TGA. A referral from your regular GP/Specialist informs them of your ongoing condition, previous medical history, what medications you have & are currently taking, any tests & procedures you have had – all valuable information that will be needed in order to process the request to the TGA.
Will I get the script at my initial consultation?
Sometimes the TGA will require other information. During your initial consultation your Doctor will get as much of your medical information as possible. They will submit all appropriate documentation & wait for the approval if required.
Either way, once the TGA has approved the submission, your prescription can be written.
How much will it cost, and is it included in the Consultation Fee?
No, it is not included in your Consultation Fee. Like any other prescription, only the Pharmacy can provide and dispense this medication.
Where do I get my script from?
Your Doctor will advise you on the Pharmacy to fill your prescription during your consultation.
Can I get my script from the Pharmacy next door on the day I get approved?
Sometimes. The Pharmacy will process your script and contact you when it is available for pick up. Luckily the wait times are becoming shorter.
I have already been approved from another clinic, can I just see one of your Doctors for a new script?
No. This is a regulated medication. You will still need to book an Initial Consultation with our Doctors, as well as bring all appropriate paperwork with you. The TGA currently only approves same script, same doctor at this time. The Doctor will need to request a new approval number.
How much will I get a week?
Every patient, condition & dosage is different. Your Doctor will explain the dosage with you in your consultation & advise you how much to use per day/week.
Are all conditions approved?
As with all people, every case is different. The Doctor will advise you at the Initial Consultation whether you would be a good candidate. Currently this medication is available for chronic conditions (lasting more than 3 months) & not responding to current and standard medications.