Medicinal Cannabis Doctors in Melbourne, Australia
Medicinal Cannabis Doctors in Lilydale, Australia.
Based in Lilydale, Victoria, our medical doctors can work with you to find alternative treatments for various conditions esp with medicinal cannabis.
Our medicinal cannabis Prescribing clinic focuses on helping patients with chronic pain conditions who may benefit from medicinal cannabis.
To be eligible for medicinal cannabis in Australia, patients must have a condition for which there is some evidence that medicinal cannabis helps and must have exhausted or be unable to use conventional therapies for their indication.
For more information on federal government rules pertaining to access to medical cannabis in Australia, please refer to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website. The TGA also provides some consumer information and guidance for patients.
Patients can be prescribed medicinal cannabis at the Clinic by following our 3 step process:
Book a Screening appointment
We can currently prescribe for the following eligible conditions:
See our Doctor
Our doctor will assess your condition and make a decision about whether to apply for medicinal cannabis on your behalf. Patients must have an up to date health summary along with any other information ( including specialist letters etc ) from their regular GP or Specialist and complete a consent form. Doctor consultations can be done via video (telehealth) or in person (Medicare rebate only applicable for clinic consultations)
Approval and Script
If our medical team determines that medicinal cannabis is a suitable treatment for you, we will apply for approval from the necessary authorities and your prescription can be dispensed.
All our patients undergo strict monitoring to assess the outcome of treatment. Monitoring is done at approximately 1-2 monthly intervals.
NOTE: Consultation fees apply, please enquire when making an appointment.
Consultation duration and fees:
Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike recreational cannabis, pharmaceutical preparations of medical cannabis isolate specific compounds in the plant for medical formulations. This minimises side effects and maximises the therapeutic benefit, ensuring patients receive sufficient dosages of active cannabinoids.
By adding specific cannabinoids into tablets, capsules or sprays, pharmacists can control the strength and dose, and ensure consistency across treatments.
The medicinal cannabis industry in Australia falls under the Therapeutic Goods Act, 1989 (TGA). This Act ensures that all therapeutic goods available in Australia are safe and fit for purpose.
Under TGA, medicinal cannabis is only administered through the following schemes:
Authorised Prescriber Scheme (AP)
Special Access Scheme (SAS)
An authorised prescriber is a medical practitioner with approval to prescribe unapproved therapeutic goods for patients in their immediate care.
The psychoactive compound in cannabis is excluded from a number of our pharmaceutical preparations. If you are worried about addiction, please let your medical professional know and they will discuss treatment options with you.
Cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds that can help to alleviate a variety of symptoms.
The two most commonly used are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). While THC is responsible for the ‘high’ most commonly associated with cannabis use, CBD is not psychoactive and can be extracted and administered independently of THC.
Side effects of medical cannabis treatments can include fatigue and sedation, appetite changes, dry mouth and diarrhoea. These will be monitored during your follow up appointments. If you experience any unpleasant side-effects in between, please call the clinic and a member of staff will advise you.
Your medical professional will advise if your specific treatment is suitable to use while driving. If you are unsure, please do not operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle.
Medical cannabis has different effects on different patients. Please take care when using medical cannabis and do not drive if you experience an altered mental state.
Recreational cannabis is very different to medical cannabis. For quality and safety purposes, we recommend that you always choose a legal cannabis source. Medical grade cannabis is tested for purity and is certified as contaminant free, this is not the case with street-bought cannabis.
The number of consultations required will be determined by your condition. You will likely be seen regularly so that the doctors can monitor your progress and adjust your prescription as necessary
This is dependent on your current health insurance. Please ask them for more information.
No, medicinal cannabis is not currently listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Please call us on 9088 8177 to book a medicinal cannabis prescribing clinic appointment ( 30 minutes, pvt charges apply for everyone )
Recent Blood test/pathology test results
X-Rays, MRIs, or other medical imaging reports.
Health Summary or referral from your Doctor. However, you can self-refer
Relevant medical history from other doctor(s) if necessary.
Please ask them to provide this to you and/or transfer them to our clinic via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax on 03 9088 8175
Please bring your Medicare Card.
If this is a follow-up appointment, please bring any new medical reports if relevant.
Initial consultation and assessment (approximately 20-30 minutes)
$150 for consultation with a Medicare rebate of approx. $70
$100 for applications submissions for Special Access Scheme (SAS) medicines with no rebate (inclusive of admin work)
$125 for Follow-up consultation & progress reports (approx. 20 minutes with a Medicare rebate of approx. $70 ) $125 for Follow-up consultation & progress reports (approx. 20 minutes with a Medicare rebate of approx. $70 )
$100 applicable only if further admin work and applications submissions are required.