Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis March Workshop Sponsored by Tilray New Zealand

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  • Earn 6 RNZCGP CME Points
  • 27th of March 2021
  • 08:45 - 04:30 AEST
  • Registration closes 25th of March 2021
  • Statement of attendance

Learning Outcomes

Discuss the therapeutic properties of medicinal cannabis

Identify appropriate strategies of patient management and current legislation including prescribing, and patient access pathways

Discuss treatment considerations, dosing and titration to ensure patient safety during cannabis treatment

Differentiate between adverse and therapeutic effects of medicinal cannabis

Evaluate the clinical applications of medicinal cannabis in General Practice

RNZCGP CME Endorsed eLearning Activity

The “Practical Skills in Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis” activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 6 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

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About the Educators

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.

Dr. Teresa Towpik

Medihuanna Founder

Dr Orit Holtzman is the Chief Medical Officer of Compass Lifestyle Clinics where she practices Functional and Cannabinoid medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from the University of Tel Aviv, a PhD in neuroscience from the university of NSW and an MBBS from the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. After coming across Dr Teresa Towpik’s work, she has become passionate about utilising medicinal cannabis as a therapeutic agent and began prescribing cannabis in 2019. She now has more than 400 patients that have been approved for medicinal cannabis for various indications under her care and is an authorised prescriber for multiple conditions. She lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains with her husband and three children.

Dr. Orit Holtzman


Workshop Description

This workshop equips medical doctors with necessary skills to prescribe and treat patients with medicinal cannabis in New Zealand. Developed using the latest evidence, combined with Dr Towpik’s experience and patient case studies from her clinical practice. This activity provides learners with the theory, combined with practical exercises that encourage active learning by assessing patient case studies and developing an appropriate treatment plan.
During the workshop, course participants will develop a good understanding of the therapeutic properties of medicinal cannabis, dosing strategies, appropriate patient care and potential applications in chronic pain management, palliative care, multiple sclerosis, CINV, and epilepsy.
On completion of this workshop, course participants will have a better understanding of the prescribing process in New Zealand and will be equipped with the necessary skills to confidently assess, advise, prescribe and treat patients with medicinal cannabis.

Relevance to General Practice

Medicinal Cannabis is emerging as a significant therapeutic medicine in the treatment of many medical conditions, there is increased interest among patients and there is a growing need for professionally developed training that equips medical doctors with practical skills to appropriately manage patient demand, enquires and uphold the highest standard of care during treatment.
Since 2016, New Zealand has seen significant changes in regulations that has substantially increased the number of patients being prescribed medicinal cannabis to treat a variety of medical conditions. The changing legal sphere and increasing public demand add new challenges for GPs who need to be aware of the legislative requirements and access schemes in New Zealand.
Therefore, it is vital GPs are formally educated and trained to ensure standards of care are upheld and patients are appropriately assessed when considering medicinal cannabis treatment.

Program Outline

This online workshop is a full day program that comes with 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of interactive exercises, case studies and clinical applications. For more information please download the program outline.
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Workshop details

Earn 6 RACGP CPD Points

27th of March 2021

08:45 - 04:30 AEST

Registration closes 25th of March 2021

CPD points allocated on completion of activity

Designed for General Practitioners and Specialists that can prescribe Medicinal Cannabis

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