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Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis | Australia

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Learning Outcomes

Discuss the therapeutic properties of medicinal cannabis

Evaluate the clinical applications of medicinal cannabis in General Practice

Differentiate between adverse and therapeutic effects of medicinal cannabis

Discuss treatment considerations, dosing and titration to ensure patient safety during cannabis treatment

Identify appropriate strategies of patient management and current legislation including prescribing, and patient access pathways

Upcoming Workshops

  • Only GPs, Specialist Doctors and Nurse Practitioners can register for workshops
  • $150 $295

  • Early Bird Tickets
  • Melbourne

  • Date & Time: 9am-4:20pm, 21st Mar 2020
  • Venue: Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC 3148
  • Registration closes 16th Mar 2020
  • Sydney

  • Date & Time: 9am-4:20pm, 9th May 2020
  • Venue: Rydges Hotel Norwest, 1 Columbia Ct, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
  • Registration closes 4th May 2020
  • RACGP CPD Accredited Workshop

    Earn 40 RACGP CPD Accredited Points

    The “Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis” activity has been accredited (Activity no: 191345) by the The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program in the 2020-22 triennium. Fellow GP members of the RACGP are eligible to claim 40 CPD Accredited points. It is a requirement of the RACGP that members who wish to claim these points provide their RACGP number when applying for this course. Other health professionals may also apply for self-directed CPD point for their particular profession.

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    Workshop Description

    This workshop equips medical doctors with necessary skills to prescribe and treat patients with medicinal cannabis in Australia. Developed using the latest evidence, combined with Dr Towpik’s experience and patient case studies from her clinical practice. This activity provides learners with the theory, combined with practical exercises that encourage active learning by assessing patient case studies and developing an appropriate treatment plan.

    During the workshop, course participants will develop a good understanding of the therapeutic properties of medicinal cannabis, dosing strategies, appropriate patient care and potential applications in chronic pain management, palliative care, multiple sclerosis, CINV, and epilepsy.

    On completion of this workshop, course participants will have a better understanding of the prescribing process in Australia and will be equipped with the necessary skills to confidently assess, advise, prescribe and treat patients with medicinal cannabis.

    This course is designed for General Practitioners and Specialists that can prescribe Medicinal Cannabis

    Relevance to General Practice

    Medicinal Cannabis is emerging as a significant therapeutic medicine in the treatment of many medical conditions, there is increased interest among patients and there is a growing need for professionally developed training that equips medical doctors with practical skills to appropriately manage patient demand, enquires and uphold the highest standard of care during treatment. Since 2016, Australia has seen significant changes in regulations that has substantially increased the number of patients being prescribed medicinal cannabis to treat a variety of medical conditions. The changing legal sphere and increasing public demand add new challenges for GPs who need to be aware of the legislative requirements and access schemes in Australia. Therefore, it is vital GPs are formally educated and trained to ensure standards of care are upheld and patients are appropriately assessed when considering medicinal cannabis treatment.

    Program Outline

    This workshop is a full day program that comes with 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of interactive case studies and clinical applications. Morning Tea and Lunch provided. For more information please download the program outline.

    About the Educator

    Dr. Teresa Towpik

    FOUNDER | MediHuanna

    Dr Teresa Towpik has been a General Practitioner in Australia since 1993 and an advocate of medicinal cannabis since the law was amended and cannabis was legalised for medicinal use. Since then, she has been studying the therapeutic properties of cannabis, how it works, and the potential applications in General Practice, especially in the management of chronic debilitating pain. In 2016, Dr Towpik founded MediHuanna, an organisation that provides science-based medicinal cannabis education for Health Professionals. Dr Towpik sees cannabis as a therapeutic agent that has huge potential in General Practice. Her goal is to change the stigma behind cannabis through education. In 2018, Dr Towpik became CMO for Compass Lifestyle Clinic. The goal and vision for this clinic is to incorporate medicinal cannabis together with other modules of healing to enhance therapeutic outcomes for patients. Dr Towpik strongly believes in doctors and other health professionals working together to provide a holistic model of care.

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    9 thoughts on “Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis | Australia

    1. I would encourage all my fellow GP colleagues to attend a Medihuanna course on medicinal cannabis prescribing. The course was very well run, and taught by a leading expert in the field. The practical case studies were extremely valuable, and overall I gained the confidence to start prescribing immediately. I am so pleased to have come across this course. It has changed my practice significantly for the better!

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    2. This was one of the best courses I have ever done and has opened my eyes to ‘the missing link’ in medicine; being able to treat patients effectively for multi-system disorders- and improve their quality of life whilst imposing the least harm, is exciting and gratifying.
      A very big “Thank-you” to Dr Towpik who has done the hard yards of research, lobbied government and shared so generously her knowledge and experience with the rest of us !
      A must do course for any GP who is wanting to provide extended integrative care for their patients.

      Dr Melissa Monkivitch

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    3. Dr Teresa Towpik is a wealth of information and the course was thorough, interesting and full of practical information. I highly recommend it to any practitioner who has an interest in prescribing medicinal cannabis.

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    4. I found Dr Teresa’s online course, and practical Workshop extremely informative, very well presented and easy to follow. Teresa knowledge on medicinal cannabis, how to prescribe it , and the case studies that followed I found extremely helpful. This is an excellent course for doctors and I feel should be made mandatory training for doctors so they have a bit more of an understanding of how to access it and the science behind its amazing healing properties.

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      1. Hi Danielle,
        I am a nurse also with a passion for learning about Medicinal Cannabis. Have you completed the doctors training? I have managed to complete the 15 minutes free session but I would definitely like to dig deeper and learn whatever I can.

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    5. The one-day ‘Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis’ workshop presented by Dr Teresa Towpik is an excellent overview of what is a new and complex field in the area of medicinal cannabis in Australia. Teresa covers all the relevant topics extensively including the whole gamut from biochemistry, pharmacology, and clinical use cases, to detailed treatment management plans. This is an essential workshop for any doctor who is looking to be educated on the prescribing of medicinal cannabis in their clinical practice.

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    6. A very useful detailed and dense introduction to the why’s and how’s of prescribing Medicinal Cannabis safely. The course helped me overcome many misconceptions I had about the practical difficulties and professional risks. I have made my first two applications to prescribe – the Course organisers and the suppliers have been very helpful with this – the ongoing support is great. The case discussions in the afternoon were a little long and drawn out for me personally, but overall, I would Highly Recommend MediHuanna. Thanks

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    7. This course was excellent, I recommended it for all doctors. Teresa was outstanding and has educated herself with an amazing level of knowledge about the physiology of cannabis and its applications.

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