Nurse's Guide to Manage Medicinal Cannabis Patients

This course guides nurses in managing patients prescribed medicinal cannabis, covering clinical indications, patient management, prescribing processes, legislation, and TGA requirements for high-quality care.

About the course

This course is designed to guide nurses in managing patients who are prescribed medicinal cannabis. It covers approved clinical indications in Australia, such as chronic pain, palliative care, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and CINV, and provides best practices for patient management. The course includes the process of prescribing, current legislation, and adhering to TGA requirements to ensure high standards of patient care. Upon completion, nurses will gain a better understanding of medicinal cannabis and be equipped to provide the best care possible to patients using this treatment.

After this course, you will be able to:

Explain the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the endocannabinoid system of the human body

Evaluate the clinical indications, contraindications, and side effects of cannabinoid-based medicines in General Practice

Differentiate appropriate cannabinoid-based treatment approaches, dosing strategies and titration protocols

Design appropriate patient management plan aligned with the current evidence-based research and the TGA legislation

Explain the TGA patient access pathways, and the process for prescribing the medicinal cannabis

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Medihuanna is a CPD approved education provider and you will be eligible to claim CPD hours by contacting your relevant CPD home. The activity will include the following CPD allocation with reporting to your CPD home available:

Educational Activities:

4.0 hours


Course Curriculum

Activity Details and Learning Outcomes
Understanding medicinal cannabis and the current landscape in Australia
Section 1: The Cannabis Plant (4 min)
Section 2: The Endocannabinoid System (13 min)
Section 3: Pharmacology and Phytocannabinoids (17 min)
Section 4: Clinical Indications (24 min)
Section 5: Adverse Effects and Potential Drug Interactions of Cannabis (11 min)
Section 6: Treatment Considerations (19 min)
Section 7: Dosing & Titration (7 min)
Section 8: Patient Management and Monitoring
Section 9: Patient Access (14 min)

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Co-Founder and Medical Director

Dr. Teresa Towpik

Co-Founder and Medical Director

About the Educator

Dr. Teresa Towpik has been a General Practitioner in Australia since 1993 and an advocate of medicinal cannabis since the law was amended and cannabis was legalized for medicinal use. In 2016 she founded Medihuanna with the goal to educate medical practitioners to safely treat patients with medicinal cannabis. Since then, she has been studying the therapeutic properties of cannabis, how it works, and the potential applications in General Practice, especially in the management of chronic debilitating pain.

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