Our doctors and nurses are Australian-registered and highly trained in a number of fields, particularly cannabis medicine. Each of our cannabis doctors and cannabis nurses have a passion for finding safer, non-synthetic, plant-based alternatives to treat patients suffering from chronic conditions. At Cannabis Doctors Australia, we believe in empowering people suffering from chronic illnesses to manage the symptoms of their condition and take back control of their health.
Doctor Ben Jansen
Dr. Ben Jansen is a co-founder of CDA Health and is Australia’s leading cannabis doctor. Dr. Jansen is a prescriber, lecturer, educator and advocate of medicinal marijuana.
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 his patient-focused philosophy, Dr. Ben is confident in bringing innovative plant-based products and solutions to the Australian market and beyond. In addition to this, Dr. Jansen has trained many of Australia’s current cannabis prescribers, and has done so purely to reduce stigma in the medical community and get more GPs and doctors open to prescribing.
After witnessing his chronically ill mother experience pain and suffering, which he later found out was preventable, Dr. Jansen immersed himself in cannabis research to find harm-free, natural treatments for a range of widespread conditions. Ben is passionate about educating on the appropriate use of both Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol therapies and is proud to share his insights, data and research with health professionals worldwide to help raise awareness around the use of plant-based medicine.
His philosophy is ‘to do the right thing.’ Travelling around the country breaking stigmas and providing education on plant-based therapies to the medical sector is just a small part of Dr. Ben’s overall mission.
Doctor Matua Jansen
Dr. Matua, one of the co-founders of CDA Health, has a passion for chronic pain management as well as for finding safer plant-based alternatives to opioids.
Dr. Matua Jansen graduated with distinction from the University of Auckland Medical School in 2008 before moving 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 the field of plant-based treatments.
Dr. Matua aims to develop a purpose and value-driven medical company, based on core values such as transparency, honesty and integrity.
Doctor Rajevan Sivayoganathan
Dr. Raj is a firm believer of patient-centred medicine, with a strong interest in utilising herbal therapies to treat a variety of conditions. He is very excited to be part of the expanding field of alternative, plant-based medicine. Moving forward, Dr. Raj sees himself expanding his knowledge, experience and expertise in the area.
He’s looking to complement his progress with additional study in the form of a Master’s degree, as well as get involved in trials and research projects. Dr. Raj’s core values are trust and effective communication with his patients.
Doctor Paul Clarke
Dr. Paul Clarke completed medical school at James Cook University and has worked in various 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.
Doctor Beni Emechete
Prior to joining CDA Clinics, Dr. Beni had four years’ experience working as a doctor. Most recently, she worked in an emergency department where she was exposed to many patients that used alternative therapies for their chronic conditions. She is very interested in learning more about the effects of medicinal cannabis and is excited to be part of an evolving and dynamic field.
Doctor Nathan Price
Dr. Nathan Price has not only trained in emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery but has worked as a medical officer for the Army Reserves. He has a particular interest in managing musculoskeletal disorders and Veteran physical and mental health. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to remote environments to work as a guide/doctor. He completed his studies at Griffith University while working as an AIN at the original Gold Coast Hospital.
Donielle is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Donielle’s nursing journey began 14 years ago. Since then, she’s had experience in a range of fields including neurological conditions, oncology, mental health, drug rehabilitation, community nursing and paediatrics. This experience helped Doni find her true passion for helping people with chronic diseases treat and manage their condition in the best way possible.
Having witnessed the transformative healing effects medicinal cannabis had on patients in her hometown in California, she naturally transitioned her interests to plant-based medicines to help empower those living with chronic disease to take back control over their health. Proudly supporting the plant-based industry here in Australia, education, advocacy and patient-centred care are her driving motivations to “do the right thing every day.”
There’s 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, before moving to the fields of mental health, cardiology and oncology. This experience let her face the revolving door of chronic conditions and the endless medications along with their side effects. Danielle wanted to help people manage their conditions to give them back their quality of life but the resources were not yet available… until now!
With a passion for helping people manage their conditions naturally with minimal side effects, Danielle’s mission is to help people feel comfortable and confident using plant-based treatments to live a happy and healthy life.
Deb is a Registered Nurse, a community activist and advocate.
Nurse Deb is 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.
Britt is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing. She started her nursing career in the paediatrics field specialising in neonatology.
However, her interest has always lied in the field of natural medicines. Having seen how medicinal cannabis not only changed the life of paediatric patients with lifelong conditions but also personal friends and family, Britt was drawn to this powerful plant-based medicine.
Amy is a Canadian-Registered Nurse with over 7 years’ experience in mental health, critical, emergency, coronary and surgical care, plus medical and 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 CDA Clinics nurse, Amy can now provide the knowledge and expertise to help empower patients and provide low-risk medication as a potential option that may alleviate or eliminate patient symptoms.
Sarah is a Canadian trained Registered Nurse with over 10 years nursing experience in a variety of different clinical settings. Sarah’s main background is in emergency medicine.
Sarah values empowering patients by providing the necessary education required to take control over their health and wellbeing. Since the use of some traditional medicines has the potential to cause harmful side effects and place a further burden on our current addiction crisis, Sarah believes in promoting plant-based therapies.
Sarah believes that integrative 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.
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 for advocating for all patients, Bronte moved into the medical cannabis industry to help decrease the use of opioids in the medical field and help spread the word about the benefits of natural treatment alternatives. Bronte is motivated by the success stories of her patients and uses this to educate the community.
Doctor Cedric Ng Liet Hing
Dr. Cedric Ng Liet Hing has lived on the Gold Coast for last 17 years attending both high school and medical school here. He spent his first five years as a doctor working at the Gold Coast University hospital in various surgical specialities including general surgery, cardiothoracic and paediatric surgery. He will be pursuing a career in general practice in the near future and hopes to use medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment option in caring for his patients.
Arisa is a qualified nurse with a background in peri-operative nursing. She was originally drawn to the field of oncology within nursing, however, she quickly realised that the traditional pharmaceutical framework in which patients are treated did not align with her values.
Arisa found herself here at CDA Clinics, working with cannabis medicine because of her passion for treating patients holistically and naturally. Here Arisa exercises her skills of patient-centred care and always strives to empower patients with the knowledge to take control of their own health and make informed decisions alongside the clinicians.
Dr. Michelle McWann has experience working abroad and within Australia. She understands the utility of alternative herbal-based medications in the treatment of chronic conditions. She is a firm believer that health is, “a state of physical, mental and social well-being…”- WHO (World Health Organization). She strives to accomplish this level of health with all her patients and would like to carry this forward in her career as she progresses towards becoming a general practitioner with a special interest in managing chronic conditions.
Kimberley has years of experience as a nurse in general practice, rehabilitation, aged care, surgical, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Kimberley is patient-focused and has a genuine passion to care for others.
Kim also has a keen interest in the medical research field and has previously been a part of a Clinical Study Team for various clinical trials and research projects conducted in association with Queensland Health and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services.
As a naturally caring, kind and compassionate person with a focus on holistic patient-centred care, Kimberley is grateful that she can utilise these skills to educate, advocate and support patients wishing to access medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment option.
Amelia Hollet has been nursing since 2006, spending a significant amount of that time in aged care. Dementia-specific care has been a passion for Amelia for many years. She believes in providing the highest level of holistic care whilst being an advocate for her patients.
Over her 14+ years as a nurse, Amelia’s positions have varied from working in acute settings such as emergency, ICU and rehabilitation. She has also worked as a team leader, RN supervisor and education and quality coordinator. Amelia has also completed aid work in Nepal and states it was ‘the most rewarding experience’ she has had as a nurse. It was this experience that lead Amelia to research alternate therapies and treatments for chronic illness, which lead to her passion and love for medicinal cannabis.
With a general practice, hospital in the home and chronic disease management history, Lauren has gained immense insight into the implications of chronic disease and polypharmacy on her patients, and the lack of medicinal cannabis education available in the medical industry.
Travelling throughout Canada at the time when medical cannabis was legalised motivated Lauren to look into the benefits of cannabis medicine. Her experience accessing alternative medicines to treat her own chronic health condition helped further motivate her to join this industry.
From this began Lauren’s personal passion for patient advocacy, education and commitment to assisting those in need to access medicinal cannabis. She is passionate about breaking down stigmas surrounding cannabis and encouraging those to advocate for their own healing journey and right to alternative medicines.
After graduating in 1999, Matt worked in various wards at the Gold Coast Hospital before moving on to work as an agency nurse, servicing every hospital (and most wards) on the Gold Coast, as well as many GP and community service areas. Matt also worked at St Vincent’s Community Services (now known as Ozcare) for five years.
To expand his career path, Matt took unpaid leave and went to Japan for two years to teach English. Upon his return to Australia, he recommenced his position with Ozcare for another eight years. In 2016, he returned to Japan again and was an English teacher for over four years.