A forum for healthcare practitioners with an interest in medicinal cannabis
The Society of Cannabis Clinicians - Australian Chapter was formed on 4th November 2020.
The organisation is an educational and scientific society of qualified physicians and other professionals dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of cannabis for medical use.
NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME - JUST CLICK THE SCCAC LOGO TO THE RIGHT TO GO TO THE "JOIN US" PAGE
The formation of SSCAC marks the significant growth of medicinal cannabis prescribing since legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Australia in 2016. As more doctors prescribe medicinal cannabis in Australia, support amongst health professionals has continued to grow based on positive patient experiences.
However, the medicinal cannabis industry and patients still face significant hurdles. There is an urgent need for education, research and wider acceptance at all levels in order to benefit more patients. It is also apparent that many Australian patients in genuine need still access products of unknown quality, provenance or content from illicit sources and without medical supervision. This is usually the result of the many failings within the existing system, not least of which is the continuing personal bias of some health care practitioners.
We warmly welcome healthcare practitioners and other interested parties who would like to work with us to achieve our goals (see right).
Please visit our "Join Us" page if you would like to become a member of SCCAC.
Dr. James "Jim" Connell Dr. Joel Wren
SCCAC President SCCAC Vice President
1. Expansion of knowledge on the medical use of cannabis
2. Facilitation of best practice standards for cannabis consultations
3. To study, discuss and make recommendations relating to research, practice and policy in the medical use of cannabis
4. To further the recruitment of medical graduates and able physicians willing to recommend cannabis to patients
5. To maintain and advance the highest possible ideals and service standards in the education, practice and research in the medical use of cannabis.
The Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA) and The Society of Cannabis Clinicians of the USA have announced the formation of the Australian chapter of The Society of Cannabis Clinicians.
The formation of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians Australian Chapter (SCCAC) follows the significant growth in prescribers and prescriptions since medical cannabis was legalised in 2016.
Founding member and AMCA general manager Gail Wiseman said: “The establishment of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians – Australian Chapter was the first major project for AMCA and we are excited to see how well supported it has already been by its founding group of nearly 20 dedicated individuals.
“We see SCCAC bringing all of the advantages offered by the international SCC organisation while uniting and meeting the specific needs of Australian-based health care practitioners (HCPs) and their affiliates.
“SCCAC had its inaugural meeting on November 3 and its priority interests were very clear – a strong focus on providing education to interested HCPs on the endocannabinoid system and best-practice prescribing of medicinal cannabis, and reducing the stigma associated with the use of medicinal cannabis.
“AMCA and SCC will continue to provide administrative support to the fledgling SCCAC whilw allowing it to operate as an independent, non-political organisation.”
The goals of the organisation are to educate people about medical cannabis; facilitate best practice standards for cannabis consultations; study, discuss and make recommendations relating to research, practice and policy in the medical use of cannabis; recruit medical graduates and physicians willing to recommend cannabis to patients; and to maintain and advance the highest possible ideals and service standards in education, practice and research in the medical use of cannabis.
At SCCAC’s inaugural meeting, Dr James Connell was elected president with Dr Joel Wren named vice president of the association.
The society has 17 founding members and new members are welcome.
For more information or to join SSCAC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.