The application process is burdensome, inconsistent and difficult to navigate. Government clinical guidance is narrow, politically motivated and designed to arrive at conclusions suiting outcomes other than the best interests of patients.
Thousands of sick Australians are still forced to rely on the illicit market to obtain what may very well be life-saving medicines while medicos remain confused about how and whether to prescribe. Many doctors even recommend their patients continue to use unregulated products rather than attempting the legal route – United in Compassion (UIC) views this as an unacceptable state of affairs. Meanwhile, research and acceptance around the world is exploding….
UIC seeks to bridge the information gap by once again promoting and showcasing global and domestic research and – importantly – placing patient issues and many would argue, human rights firmly back on the political, regulatory and clinical agendas.
Over 3 days hear from world experts as we grapple with the problems around patient access, guidelines and supply.
The FX Medicine LIVE team were pleased to attend the 2019 UIC Australian Medicinal Cannabis Symposium in Tweed Heads on 22-24 March 2019. Watch our interviews from Day Two below.
Fiona Patten an Australian politician and is the founder and leader of the Reason Party, an evidence-based party committed to delivering equality, sustainability and freedom through new methods of political engagement and pragmatic consultation.
ANDREW AND Fiona DISCUSSED the political landscape of MEDICINAL CANNABIS in Australia:
How Fiona came to be the leader of the Reason Party
Recreational vs medicinal cannabis
The economics of the cannabis plant
Why are politicians so against medicinal cannabis?
What is happening on a state and federal level to improve access to medicinal cannabis in Australia?
Concerns over the safety of cannabis use if it is made more available
What can the average person do to influence change in the political scene?
Dr Jeffrey Hergenrather is a general practitioner specialising in cannabis/cannabinoid medicine since 1999 and his medical experience includes 26 years in emergency medicine and private general practice.
ANDREW AND ANDREW DISCUSSED THE alleged harm of cannabis versus the evidence:
What does the evidence have to say about the safety of cannabis use?
Rhys Cohen is a political economist, cannabis industry expert and educator.
Since attaining Honours (First Class) at the University of Sydney for his thesis on the political economy of North American cannabis markets, Rhys has been engaged by several domestic and international medicinal cannabis organisations and is now the Senior Project Officer at the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. Rhys is responsible for the management of multiple internal projects and acts as a key interface between the Lambert Initiative and government, regulators, industry and consumers.
Rhys has appeared in several major news outlets including the Huffington Post; the Sydney Morning Herald; ABC Radio PM; and The Age. His industry analysis has been cited by Deloitte Access Economics; the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Agriculture Victoria; and the Office of Drug Control. He has also spoken on the political, regulatory and economic features of medicinal cannabis at events in every State and Territory in Australia.
ANDREW AND Rhys discussed the cannabis research being done by the Lambert Initiative at the University of Sydney:
What is the Lambert Initiative
Patient access to medicinal cannabis
Issues with the affordability of medicinal cannabis
Should cannabis be legalised?
Education for general practitioners
How restricted should cannabis products be?
FX MEDICINE LIVE: ANDREW SPEAKS TO Sheree (DIsco Sista)
ANDREW AND Sheree DISCUSSED giving cannabis back to the people:
Sheree's background in nursing, medical research, cannabis advisory and community care
Addressing the issues of cannabis harm and the lack of research
Facts and statistics surrounding true risks of cannabis
Dr Judith Lacey is the Head of Supportive Care and Integrative Oncology at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse . Over the past 18 years she has worked extensively with cancer patients and people living with incurable illness. Her area of interest is in whole person care: integrating care for people and their families living with cancer or chronic illness that affects their physical and emotional wellbeing. She works with complementary and integrative medicine practitioners, psychologists, other medical specialists, nurses and allied health professionals to maximise patient wellbeing. Research interests and activities are in the field of Integrative Oncology, Medicinal Cannabis and Supportive Care service developments .
ANDREW AND Judith DISCUSSED a doctor's perspective on medicinal cannabis prescribing and research:
Judith's medical background
Prescribing medicinal cannabis
Judith's involvement in medicinal cannabis research
How to improve education for medical practitioners on medicinal cannabis
Dr John Teh has been working within the Medicinal Cannabis industry since the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use in Australia in February, 2016. As an avid organic farmer and permaculture expert, treatment with natural whole plant products in conjunction with conventional medical treatment has always been a top personal priority for Dr Teh. Coming from a QLD surgical family, Dr Teh has also settled within the surgical field as assistant surgeon to many surgical specialties. Dr Teh worked in the surgical industry for 15 years before moving into Medicinal Cannabis specialty full-time.
ANDREW AND John DISCUSSED prescribing medicinal cannabis:
John's experience prescribing and accessing medicinal cannabis
Supply issues for medicinal cannabis
Providing cannabis education for medical practitioners - PlantMed
Since the early 1990's, Professor Eckermann has undertaken research with key national bodies including the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials Centre, the Flinders University Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research and The National Palliative Care Collaborative.
ANDREW AND Simon DISCUSSED health economics and policy reform of medicinal cannabis:
Simon's background in health research
How Simon came to be interested in medicinal cannabis research
Pharmalogical vs agrarian approach
Accessibility of medicinal cannabis - pricing
Cost of cultivating cannabis and downstream effects of medicinal cannabis use
Medicinal cannabis policy reform
The health economics of medicinal cannabis in Australia
FX MEDICINE LIVE: ANDREW SPEAKS TO John Easterling
John Easterling is an American businessman and environmentalist who serves as the CEO and chairman of Amazon Herb Company. He is also known as the husband of singer/songwriter and actress Olivia Newton-John.
ANDREW AND John DISCUSSED medicinal herbs - treasures of the plant kingdom:
John's background in "treasure hunting" in the Amazon
The Amazon Herb Company and medicinal herbs
Traditional uses of cannabis
Cannabis isolates vs full spectrum therapy
Cannabis use and availability in the US vs in Australia
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