Prescribing medicinal cannabis for rural patients

Prescribing medicinal cannabis for rural patients is a key topic at peak rural doctors' conference next week.

Medicinal cannabis remains outlawed in the NT but has opened up for prescription in other states.

The use of medicinal cannabis for rural patients, and its implications for their doctors and rural medical practices, will be a key topic at this year's Rural Medicine Australia conference in Melbourne.

The major annual conference for rural doctors will feature a session exploring recent regulatory changes to the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and consideration of wider clinical and prescribing issues, to help equip rural doctors to work under the new legislation.

Dr Ewen McPhee, president of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) — which co-hosts the conference with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) — said it is a topic that will be of significant interest to rural and remote doctors.

“There is a lot of confusion about the changes to the use of cannabis in the medical space, and what these changes mean for rural and remote patients, doctors and medical practices” Dr McPhee said.

“The use of medicinal cannabis has generated a lot of community interest. We know our delegates will be keen to engage with the experts on this topic.

“Through our session at RMA17, we hope to provide doctors with the tools and information they need to give accurate advice and ensure their practice remains compliant with any relevant legislation.”

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