Health conditions

There is no predetermined list of conditions for which a cannabis medicine can be prescribed. Each application from a prescribing doctor will be considered on its merits and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

An application to the Australian Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) from a doctor to prescribe must be accompanied by clinical evidence about use of the product to allow for an assessment of potential benefits and harms. It is expected that all registered conventional medicines or non-medicinal treatments will have already been explored.

Currently, there are NSW Government-funded trials in four areas investigating the safety and efficacy of cannabis medicines in reducing seizures in children with severe treatment-resistant epilepsy, preventing nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients and enhancing the appetite and appetite-related symptoms of palliative care patients with advanced cancer and improving the control of symptoms including pain, nausea and lack of appetite in advanced cancer patients.

Chronic pain

If you have a chronic condition, the NSW Government’s Pain Management Network also provides information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self-management of your pain in partnership with your healthcare providers.