STEP 1: Consultation with a doctor
Patients should see their routine treating doctor, General practitioner, or expert as a first step.
Please keep in mind that this must be an Australian-registered medical practitioner with the right qualifications and/or comprehension for the condition that requires treatment. For example, if you are suffering from chronic pain, your General practitioner or a professional with knowledge in treating this condition can submit an application in just about all states.
Your current treating physician must be well aware of your medical issues and have accessibility to your medical records (these records may have to be submitted if a submission is filed with the TGA).
STEP 2: Product evaluation
If your doctor thinks that cannabis therapy is the right treatment for you, he or she will need to know which product is right for you.
They are prone to think about the following:
The doctor is responsible for product selection, and they will study and compare options to discover the one that best matches your condition and circumstances. TGA submissions must include evidence proving that the product fulfils the quality and safety standards outlined in Therapeutic Goods Order No. 93. (TGO93). This information is often provided to the TGA by the producer, which Medbox Pharma may validate with medical professionals.
STEP 3: Submit an application to the TGA and the State Health Department
Practitioners can seek for federal and state clearance through the SAS B pathway with the permission of a patient.
To apply for medicinal cannabis access, a medical practitioner must fulfil the TGA’s standards and:
Who is eligible to apply?
This changes according to state/territory. In most states, a general practitioner (GP) can commence an application if they have competence in the subject for which the prescription is being recommended, such as pain. General practitioners in the ACT can apply, although a letter of endorsement from a specialist is now required. In most states, if a practitioner lacks the necessary experience or qualifications to treat the patient’s illness, a referral to a specialist is required (for instance paediatric epilepsy).
Please keep in mind that: