We are very fortunate to have Doctors able to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis at our practice. They are Dr Ben Jansen, Dr Amanda Adams and Dr Paul Condoleon.
There are very strict guidelines for approval, but if you’d like 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 $200.00. We will also contact you for a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your appointment. The demand is very high and we wish to accommodate everyone as quickly as possible.
If you have a current Australian Medicare Card you may be entitled to a rebate of $73.95. All follow up appointments are approximately $87.00, depending on the length required for consultation. You may be entitled to rebate of $38.20.
If you are a Gold Card DVA Cardholder, the Doctors can apply to DVA for full coverage of the consultations.
Why do I need a referral to see one of your Doctors for Medicinal Cannabis?
In short, the Australian Government, Department of Health & Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) require it.
The criteria to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis 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 for Medicinal Cannabis at my initial consultation?
No. 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. This can take 1 -2 weeks. Once the TGA has approved the submission, your prescription can be written.
How much will the Medicinal Cannabis cost, and is it included in the Consultation Fee?
No, Medicinal Cannabis is not included in your Consultation Fee. You should expect to pay around $4 – $10 per day for the medication.
Who are the Doctors at Medical on Miami currently able to consult & prescribe?
Dr Ben Jansen FRACGP, MBChB(NZ), FRNZCGP, FRNZCUC
Dr Amanda Adams FRACGP, MRCGP (UK), BM (UK), DRCOG (UK)
Dr Paul Condoleon MBBS (Syd)
Where do I get the Medicinal Cannabis from?
Your Doctor will advise you on the Pharmacy to fill your prescription during your consultation.
Can I get my Medicinal Cannabis from the Pharmacy downstairs on the day I get my script?
Not usually. The Pharmacy will process your script and contact you when it is available for pick up. Luckily the wait times are becoming shorter.
I already get Medicinal Cannabis from Brisbane, can I just see one of your Doctors for a new script?
No. As this is a heavily 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.
How much Medicinal Cannabis 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.
I have a sore leg, will that be 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 Medicinal Cannabis is available for chronic conditions lasting more than 3 months & not responding to current and standard medications.