2 December 2019

TMR podcast: So you’re thinking about prescribing cannabis…

Chronic Disease Pain Palliative

For this week’s ‘potcast’ we’re weeding out the myths around medical cannabis.

Patients in Australia are just starting to get their hands on medical cannabis and, for some, it’s made a huge difference to their ability to cope with chronic pain.

This field is moving rapidly so in this episode we’ll look at what the experts are saying right now about the scientific evidence.

And we’ll look at what barriers are still holding GPs back from prescribing.

This week’s episode also includes a sponsored interview with Professor Liz Reymond, a palliative care specialist.

In this interview, she refers to these useful resources for GPs:

The ‘End-of-Life Care Framework’ designed to assist GPs to deliver proactive palliative care

The Caring@home package which can assist health care professionals to support and train the voluntary carers of people dying at home

The ‘Advanced Care Planning’ online resource which can assist in the documentation of a person’s medical treatment preferences

The PalliMEDS app developed by NPS Medicinewise to assist in the appropriate prescribing of end-of-life medications

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Igor Jakubowicz
Igor Jakubowicz
1 year 5 months ago
There are several inaccuracies in this podcast about medicinal cannabis. Dr Nespolen as president of the RACGP has demonstrated his near total ignorance of this new product. Having had a lot of experience with medicinal cannabis in its use for pain and palliative care, and reviewed much of the evidence (and there’s lot of it), there are significant advantages in cannabis, provided patients, or their families, can afford it. As for driving, consider how many people drive with (illicit) cannabis in their systems already, or with methadone or other strong opioids which are far more dangerous. If someone feels impaired… Read more »