When you refer your patient to CDA Clinics, our team of experienced doctors and nurses will assess their condition and determine if and which alternative treatment is a suitable option for them.
Why do we need a referral?
As our clinicians are not the patient’s regular treating doctor, 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 plant medications. 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 email@example.com 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 plant medicine suitable for your patient?
Alternative medicines may not be suitable for every patient. This is due to the fact that every patient has their own unique endocannabinoid system. Plant options may be effective for some patients and their conditions, however, not all patients will experience positive benefits. Any patient suffering from a chronic condition lasting three months or more is eligible to book a consultation to discuss plant medicine. For more information about plant medicine 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.
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.
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.
Our doctors and nurses will consult with your patient (via telehealth) 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.
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).
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.