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Cannabis Doctor Ben Jansen

Dr. Ben Jansen is one of Australia’s leading Doctors, prescribers, lecturers, educators and advocates of Medicinal Cannabis.

Dr. Jansen has undertaken Medical College Fellowships in General Practice and Urgent Care. As a result of his extensive research, 15 years of clinician experience and patient-focused philosophy, Ben is confident in bringing novel, innovative and profitable Medical Cannabis products and solutions to the Australian market and beyond.

After witnessing his chronically ill mother experience pain and suffering, which he later found out was preventable, Ben Jansen immersed himself in Cannabis research and has been prescribing Medicinal Marijuana since 2018.

Ben is passionate about educating on the appropriate use of both Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol therapies and proud to share his insights, data and research with health professionals worldwide to help raise awareness around the use of Medicinal Cannabis.

His philosophy is ‘to do the right thing’. Travelling around the country breaking stigmas and providing education on Medicinal Cannabis to the medical sector is just a small part of Dr. Ben’s overall mission.

Cannabis Doctor Matua Jansen

Dr. Matua Jansen graduated with distinction from the University of Auckland Medical School in 2008 and then moved to Sydney to complete his internship and residency at Liverpool Hospital, a major trauma centre and one of Australia’s largest hospitals.

After nearly a decade as a medical officer in the fields of oncology and general medicine Dr. Matua has transitioned to Medical Cannabis.

Dr. Matua is one of the co-founders of CDA Health, having a passion for chronic pain management and finding safer, non-synthetic, plant-based alternatives to opioids and medical cannabis healing powers.

In addition to his Medical studies, Dr. Matua completed a Masters of Business Administration at Auckland University, with a particular focus on the intersection of business management, leadership and healthcare.

Dr. Matua aims to develop a company that’s purpose and value-driven, basing on core values such as transparency, honesty and integrity.

Cannabis Doctor Rajevan Sivayoganathan

Rajevan has held a strong interest in utilising Cannabis as a therapeutic product since his university days and is a firm believer of patient-centred medicine. He is very excited to be part of the expanding field of Medicinal Cannabis. Going forward Dr. Sivayoganathan sees himself expanding his knowledge, experience, and expertise in the area and he’s looking to complement his progress with additional study in the form of a masters, and also being involved with trials and research projects.

Rajevan core values holds trust and effective communication with his Medicinal Cannabis patients.

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Cannabis Doctor Paul Clarke

Dr. Paul Clarke completed medical school at James Cook University and has worked in hospitals across Queensland with experience in multiple surgical and critical care sub-specialties. He will be using his broad clinical experience to complete General Practitioner training in the future with a special interest in minor procedures.

Cannabis Doctor Beni Emechete

Dr. Beni Emechete is a new member to the CDA team. Prior to joining she has four years experience working as a doctor. Most recently working in ED, where she was exposed to many patients that used Medicinal Cannabis for their chronic conditions. She is very interested in learning more about the Medicinal Cannabis world and is excited to be part of an evolving and dynamic field that is Medicinal Cannabis.

Cannabis Doctor Nathan Price

Dr. Nathan Price has trained in Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic surgery as well as an Army Reserves medical officer. He has an interest in managing musculoskeletal disorders and Veteran physical and mental health. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to and working as a guide/ doctor in remote environments.

He completed his studies at GU GC campus while working as an AIN at the GCH (which now is knocked down).

Cannabis Nurse Doni

Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Donielle’s nursing journey began 14 years ago ranging in experience including neurological conditions, oncology, mental health, drug rehabilitation, community nursing and pediatrics. Throughout caring for different patients, she found her true passion was helping those living every day with chronic disease,  aiding in supporting and managing their life as best as they could.

Being from California and witnessing Cannabis Medicine as a powerful catalyst to help heal and transform lives, her career naturally integrated traditional treatment with plant-based medicines to help empower those living with chronic disease take back control over their health care journey. Proudly supporting the Medicinal Cannabis industry here in Australia, education, advocacy and patient-centred care are her driving motivations to ” Do the right thing everyday”.

Cannabis Nurse Danielle

There is a story behind every nurse and what drives their passion to want to heal and care for others. Danielle’s personal story has helped her to better understand pain, emotion and anxiety. Her nursing journey began working in a GP/ Skin cancer clinic followed by Mental health, Cardiology and Oncology. She was faced with the revolving door of chronic conditions and endless medications along with their side effects. Danielle wanted to help people manage their conditions and give them back their quality of life but the resources were not yet available…until now!

Medicinal Cannabis has opened a whole new door to the future of health care. This has allowed her to help people manage their conditions naturally with minimal side effects and change lives for the better.

Danielle’s mission is to help people feel comfortable and confident with their Medicinal Cannabis and give them back their quality of life. To be happy and healthy!

Cannabis Nurse Matt

Graduating 1999, Matt worked in various wards at GCH for 1.5 years and then moved on to work as an agency nurse in every hospital (and even most wards) on the GC and many GP and community service areas for a year. Filling a full-time position at St Vincent’s Community Services (now Ozcare) for 5 years.

Expanding his career path, Nurse Andersen took unpaid leave and went to Japan for 2 years to teach English. Upon return to Australia, he recommenced his position with Ozcare for another 8 years. In 2016 he returned to Japan again as an English Teacher for over 4 years.

Cannabis Nurse Deb

 

Deb is a Registered Nurse, a community activist and advocate.

 

“I’m a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, a founding member of the Australian chapter of The Society of Cannabis Clinicians, a member and contributor to The Cannabis Nurse network and a member of the Australian Medical Cannabis association”

 

Deb is also a valued volunteer for the United in Compassion not for profit group where she says linking advocacy with her role as a nursing professional is an honour and a privilege.

Cannabis Nurse Brit

Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing. Brittany started her nursing career in the pediatrics field specialising in neonatology.

However, her interest has always lied in the field of natural medicines. Having seen how Medicinal Cannabis has not only changed the life of pediatric patients with life long conditions but also personal friends and family, Brittany was drawn to this powerful plant-based medicine.

Cannabis Nurse Sarah

 

Sarah  is an Canadian trained RN with over 10 years nursing experience in a variety of different clinical settings. Sarah’s main background is in Emergency medicine.

Nurse Sarah  feels that “intergrative medicine is the future of health care with Medical Cannabis being utilised alongside traditional medicine, rather than perpetuating the view that Medical Cannabis should be a treatment of last resort”. Sarah values empowering our CDA patients by providing the necessary education required to take control over their health and wellbeing. Promoting a community based on harm reduction strategies through the encompassment of Medical Cannabis, since the use of some traditional medicines have the potential to cause harmful side effects and place a further burden on our current addiction crisis.

Cannabis Nurse Bronte

 

Bronte has over six years’ experience as a Registered Nurse specialising in acute/trauma care at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. With a passion to advocate for all patients, Bronte moved into the Medical Cannabis industry to help decrease the use of opioids in the medical field and to spread the good word about Medicinal Cannabis. Bronte is motivated by the success stories of her patients’ and uses this to educate the community.

Cannabis Nurse Amy

Amy  is a Canadian Registered Nurse with over 7 years’ experience in numerous settings including mental health / critical / emergency / coronary / surgical and medical / complex care.

As a nurse, Amy sees the good, the bad, and the ugly which places her at the centre of patient care where they are most vulnerable. With this in mind, Amy strives to provide friendly, holistic, empathetic and respectful care; with a focus on harm reduction. Witnessing first-hand the immense struggle in substance use disorder and preventable overdoses, Amy knew that embarking on this journey would be profoundly gratifying. As a Cannabis Nurse Specialist, Amy can now provide the knowledge and expertise to help empower patients and provide a low-risk medication as a potential option that may alleviate / eliminate their symptoms.