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183042 - Clinical Practice Considerations for Managing Chronic Non-Cancer Pain with Medicinal Cannabis

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hr

During this course, GPs will review the clinical evidence of using medicinal cannabis in chronic pain management. The aim is to educate GPs about cannabis and the endocannabinoid system; help them understand the regulatory pathways to access medicinal cannabis and provide clinical practice and patient selection considerations for the use of medicinal cannabis in chronic pain

Relevance to General Practice

Australian GPs get constant inquiries from their patients about medicinal cannabis, but majority of GPs feel their knowledge is inadequate to discuss its access, safety, and effectiveness. There is clinical evidence supporting the use of medicinal cannabis in patients with chronic pain, among other conditions. With 1 in 5 Australians suffering from chronic pain, patient inquiries in primary care will continue to rise. Proper training and education around medicinal cannabis will enable GPs to talk to their patients and deter them from using illegal cannabis. It will also empower them to use evidence-based approach to treat patients using medicinal cannabis where standard of care therapies have failed.

Learning outcomes
  • Self-assess knowledge on overview of cannabis and the cannabinoids
  • Identify the importance of patient factors and clinical practice considerations
  • Analyse clinical data on the use of medicinal cannabis with a focus on chronic non-cancer pain
  • Understand who can prescribe and how to navigate regulatory pathways
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Innovative approach to care of patients with multisystem and/or complex health issues is taken

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Pain management
    • Integrative medicine
    Activity sponsor

    Althea company Pty Ltd

    183042 - Clinical Practice Considerations for Managing Chronic Non-Cancer Pain with Medicinal Cannabis
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hr
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