Patient Access

Patients with various conditions that do not respond to conventional treatments may benefit from the use of medicinal cannabis.

How can patients get access to medicinal cannabis?

Medicinal cannabis products are high-quality pharmaceutical medicines that can only be accessed by Australian patients when prescribed by their doctor. 

The first step to accessing medicinal cannabis is to discuss it with your doctor. If they agree medicinal cannabis is appropriate, they will need to decide which medicinal product to prescribe to you and get the necessary government approvals.

For more information about accessing medicinal cannabis in Victoria, visit the Better Health and DHHS website. Alternatively, you can contact the DHHS's Office of Medicinal Cannabis on Tel: 03 9096 7768 and email: medicinal.cannabis@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Treatment cost

Medical cannabis products are not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Annual treatment costs must be met by the patient or a third party. 

Information regarding the cost of products may be obtained directly from the suppliers listed on the Office of Drug Control website.

Suppliers

A list of Australian licensed manufacturers, suppliers and products available can be found on the Office of Drug Control website.

Currently, the only medicinal cannabis product registered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) is Nabiximols (Sativex®). 

Other medicinal cannabis products not listed in the ARTG may only be accessed through your treating doctor via the Special Access Scheme, or the Authorised Prescriber Scheme.

Page last updated: 6 May 2019