About Us
The Clinic

Cannabis Access Clinics are focussed on helping doctors and patients navigate the regulatory pathway for prescribing medicinal cannabis products in Australia and New Zealand.  

Our clinics work closely with patients who suffer from indications for which there is some evidence that medicinal cannabis therapies may be beneficial. We work in accordance with TGA Guidance documents on medicinal cannabis, consulting patients with indications including Chronic Pain (including Cancer Pain), Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer (CINV), Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, HIV Aids and others.

 We welcome referrals from GP’s or Specialists who feel their patients may benefit from medical cannabis treatments. Our doctors can consult patients at our physical clinics (see our website for a list of capital cities we operate in), or nationwide through our video based telehealth service.

 Our doctors, under the guidance of our medical director Dr Sanjay Nijhawan, (MBBS,FRACGP,FACRRM, DIPPDERM(WALES) MHCD(HARVARD)  are all AHPRA registered medical professionals who are familiar with qualifying conditions for medicinal cannabis treatments, and products legally available for prescription.

Our medical team is backed by an allied health team with deep knowledge and experience in regulatory requirements for medicinal cannabis approvals. Our team collaborates closely with patients’ existing GP and Specialist(s) to keep them informed about the progress of consultations and approval applications.  We also provide ongoing monitoring and reporting of patient status to patients clinicians via Case Conferencing.

Products prescribed by our doctors include registered medicines as well as unregistered products compliant with TGO93 and made available under Regulation 5 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 for supply of un-registered medicinal cannabis products. Cannabis Access Clinics is not affiliated with any product manufacturer and our clinicians maintain complete clinic independance from a prescribing perspective.

Our Leadership
Our Leadership is based in Sydney and consists of the following key people:
Dr Sanjay Nijhawan
Medical Director - MBBS, FRACGP, FACRRM, DIpPDerm(Wales), MHCD(Harvard)
Dr Sanjay Nijhawan is the Medical Director of Cannabis Access Clinics. Sanjay leads our team of doctors, engages with other senior clinicians, regulators and industry stakeholders. Sanjay splits his time between consulting with our patients, and ensuring we continue to uphold the highest standards of clinics governance and regulatory compliance in this new field of medicine in Australia. Sanjay is also Director and part owner of Specialist Medical Services, involved in the management of various private hospitals, Day Surgeries, Eye Centres and specialist clinics. Dr Nijhawan was previously Head of Clinical Development at Primary Healthcare. Earlier in his career Dr Sanjay was medical director and practice principal at a number of general medical practices around Australia.
Belen Gomez
GENERAL MANAGER
Ms Belen Gomez is the General Manager of Cannabis Access Clinics, responsible for our clinics in NSW, Vic, QLD, WA and SA. Belen responsible for managing our national team of nurses, pharmacists and other support staff to ensure we deliver the highest standards of service to our patients, wherever they are located. Belen has held senior and executive level positions in small to medium as well as ASX listed organisations across tertiary and commercial research, medical products and services, and oral and health care service industries. Been also holds degrees in the physical sciences from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Resham Tolani
CASE MANAGER LEAD - PHARMACIST BSC (PHARMALOGY), MPHARM
Ms Resham Tolani leads our allied health Case Management team and is responsible for engaging with our doctors and the regulators to address any clinical questions that arise in the approval process. Resham completed a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology) in 2008 at the University of Sydney followed by a Masters of Pharmacy at Murdoch University in 2011. Resham commenced her professional career working in community pharmacies where she gained significant skills and experience providing support to people with a wide range of health issues.
Laura Simpson
PATIENT CHAMPION LEAD - REGISTERED NURSE BSC
Ms Laura Simpson leads our patient champion team and is responsible for helping our patients through their treatment journey. Laura has nine years experience in the healthcare industry having worked as both a health care professional and registered nurse. Having completed her bachelor’s degree in Adult Nursing in 2015 at University of Suffolk in England, she moved to Sydney in 2017. Laura commenced her professional career working in an oncology ward as a staff nurse. She then went on to complete chemotherapy training and became a charged nurse in the UK. She also managed her own educational training workshops on palliative care which she delivered to student nurses and doctors. It was throughout this experience Laura acknowledged the need for medicinal cannabis within the palliative sector.