I can treat patients with new plant based therapies who suffer from epilepsy, chronic pain, chemo-induced nausea and vomiting, cancer related pain, uncontrolled anxiety, PTSD, uncontrolled insomnia, multiple sclerosis, symptoms of HIV/AIDS, fibromyalgia, and moderate to severely distressing behaviours in autism spectrum disorders.
It is a requirement that all traditional options have been exhausted to justify a trial with these plant based medicines and oils.
Or, that a patient is not willing to try another medication, such as another analgesic or anti depressant.
Prior to your consultation I require an up-to-date letter from your GP or specialist outlining any medical conditions.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) patients now funds veterans' medicines (but not necessarily consultations) for chronic health conditions.
Eligible conditions include chronic pain, epilepsy, palliative care, chemo-induced nausea/vomiting, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
DVA will not fund medicinal cannabis purely for mental health conditions.
The same eligibility criteria are required as for all Australian patients.
Funding can be considered in cases where veterans have had other treatment for a medical condition accepted and funded by DVA. This includes Gold, Orange or White Card holders with an accepted condition, or non-liability healthcare.
There are some conditions which rule out plant-based prescriptions and medicinal cannabis, including heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure, pregnancy, breast feeding, past drug abuse and past or current psychotic episodes.
Patients are ineligible if they have any of these.
I need to be very careful with prescribing to elderly patients and children, but these subgroups are not contraindicated.