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When you refer your patient to CDA Clinics, our team of experienced doctors and nurses will assess their condition and determine if and what cannabis treatment is a suitable option for them. Visit the TGA website to read more about the TGA’s medical cannabis guidelines and resources for health professionals.

Why do we need a referral?

Referrals are . As our clinicians are not the regular clinicians treating the patient, the referral and health summary is best practice and important for our team to understand your patient’s needs .Our clinicians also use the referral to look for any CP450 metabolised medications that can be affected by cannabinoids. To ensure duty of care is undertaken, our team must receive a Referral and Health Summary to consult with your patient. In return, we will provide updates to you following the patients subsequent consultations with us.

Please send your referrals to info@cdaclinics.com.au or Fax to 02 9167 7191 or use the referral webform below. If you have any further questions or want to learn how to prescribe, please enquire here.

What to include in the referral

  • Current primary diagnosis
  • Symptoms and other conditions
  • Relevant medical history – past treatments including medications
  • Current treatments and medications
  • Regular doctor details

Please ensure the patient’s referral form contains the current diagnosis and previous and current treatments and medications.

Is medical cannabis treatment suitable for your patient?

Cannabis medicines may not be suitable for every patient. This is due to the fact that every patient has their own unique endocannabinoid system. Medicinal marijuana may be effective for some patients and their conditions, however, not all patients will experience positive benefits.  However, there is some anecdotal evidence that particular patients and conditions may benefit from this therapy. Any patient suffering from a chronic condition lasting 3 months or more is eligible to try medical cannabis as a treatment.  For more information about medical cannabis therapies for specific conditions, please visit the TGA’s website.

How do I refer my patient

To start referring your patients to CDA Clinics, download the forms below or utilise the digital referral form below. Please make sure to include a relevant and brief health summary and a diagnosis.

Referrals should be emailed to info@cdaclinics.com.au or faxed to 02 916 77 191.

What happens when you refer your patient to CDA Clinics?

See process below

PATIENT ONLINE REGISTRATION

At the time of completing the referral for your patient, please ensure they have registered their details on our website as this will save them time once we receive their documentation.

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REFERRAL AND HEALTH SUMMARY RECEIVED BY CDA

Once you have emailed or faxed the patients Referral and Health Summary to CDA, our Patient Care Team will check to see if your patient has registered on our website. If they've registered and we have received a signed consent form from them, we'll send an email to the patient to book in their consultation.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

Our doctors and nurses will consult with your patient (via telehealth or face to face) to discuss their treatment options. Please note that our doctors may need to submit an application via the Special Access Scheme.. The length of time between the consult and a patient receiving a call from the dispensing pharmacy is approximately 10 business days.

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MEDICINE DISPENSED

The patient should allow approximately 10 business days after making payment for the consultation until they hear from the nominated pharmacy. The pharmacy will process all payments for the prescribed medicine and ship it directly to the patient (unless arranged otherwise).

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FOLLOW-UP CONSULTATION

Your patient will be booked in for a 6-week follow-up after their initial consultation. This is important for our doctors and nurses to understand the patient's response to the prescribed medicine. Please note our Clinical Care Team will fax a letter to your medical practice confirming any changes.