RNZCGP CME Endorsed Workshop
Earn 6 RNZCGP CME Credits
The “Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis” activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 6 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.
Recognising the need for peer led medicinal cannabis training for New Zealand Healthcare professionals, MediHuanna has partnered with Medigrowth NZ to present ‘Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis’.
This workshop equips medical doctors with necessary skills to prescribe and treat patients with medicinal cannabis in New Zealand. 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 New Zealand and will be equipped with the necessary skills to confidently assess, advise, prescribe and treat patients with medicinal cannabis.
This course is designed for Health Practitioners that can prescribe Medicinal Cannabis
This workshop in intended to provide Medical Doctors with practical skills and essential knowledge to confidently assess, advise patients regarding the suitability of medicinal cannabis based on each individual case. The interactive module encourages active learning with case studies, exercises and group discussion, to ensure GPs have the confidence to prescribe, treat and manage patient seeking cannabinoid-based medicines.
Relevance to General Practice
There is increasing interest in the therapeutic properties of cannabis treatment for a range of health conditions. On 18 December 2019, the New Zealand Government passed regulations to enable a Medicinal Cannabis Scheme which will come into effect on 1 April 2020 and a Medicinal Cannabis Agency is being established to administer the Scheme to improve patient access.
Changes to regulations, combined with the increasing demand among patients wanting to try new methods of therapy and the potential applications of cannabis in general practice, may place pressure on GPs to obtain necessary skills to ensure the highest standard of patient care.
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 New Zealand. Therefore, it is vital GPs are formally trained and educated to ensure standards of care are upheld and patients are appropriately assessed when considering medicinal cannabis treatment.
Currently, there is very limited professional education for GPs in New Zealand on the subject of medicinal cannabis leaving many lacking the necessary confidence to discuss medicinal cannabis treatment with their patients. GPs are the first point of contact for medical care, they deal with a variety of patients with different clinical conditions and will need appropriate knowledge to manage patient enquiries about medicinal cannabis.
Ultimately, the need for professional medicinal cannabis training suited to GPs is high and set to increase as this new medicine is reintroduced to the field. The main needs stem from the requirement for GPs to understand the changing legal sphere as well as be able to confidently handle patient demand, enquiries and adequately uphold standards of care during treatment.
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.