As the evidence that Medicinal Cannabis is an effective medical treatment for some conditions, the timing of the third Medicinal Cannabis Symposium is critically important for Australia as we experience the initial growing pains, frustration, controversy, which could be addressed in symposium like this.
United in Compassion is hosting a major international event in Melbourne, Australia which will be of interest to patients, health care workers and legislators from all states grappling with cumbersome legislation and lack of expertise.
The Symposium has several parts:
- A Medicinal Cannabis Training Course for Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists – 22 June
- The 3-day Symposium from the 23 to 25 June
- And finally a gala fundraising dinner on Saturday night 24 June
The Melbourne Medicinal Cannabis Symposium will provide current and accurate information with the hope of impacting positively on the lives of patients who need better legal access to Medicinal Cannabis products. It includes the opening by the Victorian Health Minister, the Honorable Jill Hennessy, Bill Turner from the Office of Drug Control and Tim Greenaway Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
For example, ABC News reported earlier this week that Professor Ingrid Scheffer from the University of Melbourne and her team published, what has been called the first scientific evidence that medicinal cannabis helps children with severe epilepsy. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed cannabinol is “as good as some of the best anti-epilepsy medications”. Of 120 children in Professor Scheffer’s study, 40 per cent had their seizures halved and 5 per cent became seizure free.
Professor Scheffer said the findings were critically important. “It’s the first scientific evidence that cannabidiol is effective for uncontrolled seizures in Dravet syndrome,” she said. “Until now, there has only been anecdotal evidence but now we have scientific evidence proving that medicinal cannabis is definitely effective in severe epilepsy.”
The article went on to quote that Epilepsy Action Australia said the study confirmed what many families have been saying for years. Chief executive Carol Ireland (a confirmed speaker at this year’s Medicinal Cannabis Symposium) hoped the study prompts authorities to speed up processes to make medicinal cannabis much more accessible in Australia. “Families still can’t for the most part get access to a legal product right now, it’s still quite difficult, there’s not a lot of product around, there are issues with the price of product that is available and having someone prescribe it for you,” she said.
Featuring renowned international and Australian speakers with a focus on the education of medical professionals. Keynote speakers will address the application of Medicinal Cannabis for the treatment of several conditions such as Epilepsy, Pallative Care, Pain, Cancer and PTSD.
For more information about the 2017 Cannabis Symposium, to book tickets and see the full program guide please visit the United in Compassion website:
We look forward to seeing you there!