Today we launched the first medicinal cannabis clinic in Perth, WA! Since we will be seeing a lot of new patients in Western Australia, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about the top questions new patients have.
Where is the clinic? The clinic is located in Subiaco, Perth and has easy access to trains and plenty of parking. We don’t publish the street addresses of our clinics because currently we don’t accept walk-in patients. The reason for this is simple: there are some qualifying criteria for medicinal cannabis in Australia (the main ones being that you suffer from a condition for which there is evidence that medicinal cannabis and that you have already tried conventional treatments for your condition), so before you take the trouble to come all the way to our clinic, we’d like you to complete the screening appointment online, or call us to make sure you are likely to be approved.
What conditions can be approved? Common conditions include but are not limited to: chronic pain, cancer pain, spinal pain, mood disorders (PTSD, anxiety, depression), arthritis, fibromyalgia, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, epilepsy, eating, disorders (anorexia, cachexia), multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, HIV/Aids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (crohns, colitis). The TGA requires that there is some evidence medicinal cannabis will work for your condition before they approve it, so many other conditions not listed here may be approved, if there is some support in the medical literature.
How much does it cost? There is a cost of $200 for an initial consultation, with addition costs for patients who continue with government application and treatment. There is also a cost for the medicine which unfortunately is not currently covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, so patients have to pay the full cost. Our recent pricing analysis showed that non-epilepsy patients pay, on average $353 per month for their treatment.
How long does it take to get approved? Approvals typically come within 1 week from application submission date, subject to case complexity, but it can be as fast as the same day! But please be aware that the medicine needs to be ordered in for each patient (pharmacies can’t hold stock) so even if your approval is quick it will realistically be at least a week, and probably longer, before you can get your medicine and start treatment.
So those are the most common questions, but there are the answers to many more questions on our FAQ page. If you live in Western Australia but are not near Perth, or can’t easily get to our Subiaco clinic for treatment don’t worry – we also see patients all over the state and the country using our telehealth (video based) consultation service.
Please get in touch on 1300 991 477 or email [email protected]