How it Works
If your chronic condition fails to respond to standard treatments, medical cannabis may help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
We need your GP or specialist to fill out our referral form and send back to us. If your GP/Specialist is unwilling to refer, we can accept your Health Summary instead. You can request one by calling your clinic and asking them to fax it to us at 02-8331-5703.
Once we receive your referral or Health Summary we'll call you to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors who will determine if medical cannabis is right for you - generally if conventional treatments have not provided relief or have caused side effects.
If suitable, our doctors will select an appropriate product, write a prescription and complete all the paperwork. Our partner pharmacy will deliver the medication to your door. Regular follow-ups are arranged to monitor the safety and track the efficacy of your treatment.
We focus on helping patients with unmet clinical needs. In order to be eligible for medical cannabis, you must have tried at least one conventional prescription medication that has failed to fully control your symptoms or has caused side effects.
We'll need your GP or Specialist to complete and send back our referral form before making an appointment with one of our doctors. If your GP/Specialist is unwilling to refer, we can accept your Health Summary instead. You can get one by calling your clinic and asking them to fax it to us at 02-8331-5703. Please contact us using the form below if you have any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is medical cannabis legal in Australia?
Medical cannabis has been legal in Australia since March 2017. Medical cannabis purchased online is not legal. Medicinal cannabis products can only be legally obtained from a pharmacy with a doctor's prescription.
Do I have to smoke medical cannabis?
Smoking cannabis is not recommended by health authorities. Current approved forms include oil, capsules, flower (vaporized) and sprays.
What conditions is medical cannabis used for?
Medical cannabis is currently being used to treat a number of different symptoms. Any chronic condition lasting longer than 3 months may be eligible if traditional medications have failed to provide relief. The TGA has provided data on conditions that have been approved in the past. The most common being: Chronic pain, Neuropathic pain, Cancer pain, Anxiety/Depression, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Migraine, Sleep disorders, Epilepsy/Seizure Management, Spasticity from neurological conditions, and Autism symptoms. Speak to your doctor or give us a call to discuss further.
How does medical cannabis work?
The cannabis plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. These active ingredients found in cannabis oil act on speciﬁc targets found in the body known as cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are involved in the regulation of many functions including: brain and nervous system activity, heart rate and blood pressure, digestion, inﬂammation, immune system activity, perception of pain, reproduction, wake/sleep cycle, regulation of stress and emotional state as well as many other functions.
How much does a visit to Australian Access Clinics cost?
Out of pocket fees for patients in clinic are $250 including the initial consultation and application to the TGA.
How much does medical cannabis cost?
Medical cannabis products are not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Products typically cost $4-8 per day but can vary greatly depending on the dosage and type of product prescribed.
Where do I fill my prescription?
Australian Access Clinics does not have any medical cannabis on site. Our doctor will arrange for the medication to be available at a local pharmacy accessible to the patient. Our partner pharmacy can delivery the medication to your door.
What are the possible side effects of medical cannabis?
Similar to many medications, patients taking medical cannabis may experience side effects. Generally, the side effects for CBD are less than those for THC. Some known side effects of THC include euphoria, intoxication-like effects, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired memory, disorientation, dry mouth, and rapid heartbeat. This is not a complete list. Please consult with a doctor regarding possible side effects and what steps should be taken if you experience anything unexpected after using medical cannabis.
Do you offer Telehealth?
Yes we do. We are currently offfering Telehealth consultations at reduced fees in order to prioritise the health and safety of all patients and staff.
Free Parking Available at our Flagship Mascot Location
Entrance to the underground parking lot is via 200 Coward St. After entering the parking lot, parking is available immediately to the right. We are also a 5 minute walk from Mascot train station.Directions
Enter parking lot via 200 Coward St.
The entrance to the underground parking lot is located right next to Meriton Suites. Upon entering the parking lot our spots are located immediately to the right on the ground floor.
Exit carpark and walk along footpath around the corner to our clinic
Walk out of the parking lot via the same entrance you entered from. Walk west along Coward street and turn right on O'Riordan St. Walk north until you see our clinic on your right hand side.
Have a question? Get in touch and we'll aim to answer within 48 hours.
We are committed to collaborating with treating physicians to help patients that have exhausted conventional therapies manage their symptoms through medical cannabis. Our clinic is solely focused on assessing suitability and navigating the regulatory pathway to access if deemed appropriate. Referring doctors are kept up to date and continue to maintain clinical leadership for the patient’s overall care.
Through our network we have helped over 1,500 patients. This is a new discipline and our team of doctors and staff work to ensure that patients receive the best possible medical care in this field. If you have any patients who you think may be suitable for an assessment please download and complete the patient referral form or get in touch.
ACC is actively seeking new physicians to join our team of leading experts in this field. A great opportunity to practice in a unique and evolving field of medicine, our team will manage the administrative burden of application, approvals and reporting and allow you to focus on patient care. Get in touch for more details at email@example.com
Dr Anthony McGirrMBBS (USyd) FANZCA
Dr Anthony McGirr graduated Medicine at the University of Sydney and obtained his Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2001. Dr McGirr has worked at Westmead Hospital as a staff specialist and has a special interest in Medical Cannabis.
Dr Yan RenMBBS (UNSW), FRACGP
Dr Ren holds a Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of New South Wales (2008) and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice.
Dr Jonas VanderzwanAdvisory Board Member, MD
Dr. Vanderzwan is a physician with more than 15 years of primary care experience, and recently served as the lead physician of a Canadian based medical cannabis patient assessment clinic. He is also a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) and Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC).