A Guide to Accessing Medical Cannabis in Australia

Updated: May 17

Medical cannabis is available in Australia as a form of prescription medication. You can acquire a prescription from a licensed cannabis clinic, either through an in-person visit or an online consultation.

At alternaleaf, we’ve developed a consultation and prescription process that is streamlined and easy, guaranteeing you access to superior medical service, and access to Authorised Prescribers who are well versed in all things cannabis.

But, what’s the consultation process like? From start to finish, let’s walk through the journey together.

Step 1: Eligibility Screening and Booking

Step 2: Your Pre-Assessment Consultation

Step 3: Your Consultation with a Prescribing Physician

Step 4: Medical Cannabis Prescription Dispensing and Delivery

Step 5: Follow-Up Appointment

Step 1: Eligibility Screening and Booking

If you’re new to telehealth and have never used an online cannabis clinic like alternaleaf, you’ll be delighted to discover how easy it is to access services and book an appointment for an initial consultation. The whole process can be completed in as little as five minutes, although you’ll have as much time to finish as you need.

Before you book your first appointment, you’ll be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility to seek medical treatment through our online cannabis clinic. This will allow us to quickly determine whether you could benefit from plant-based medicines.

After we’ve confirmed your eligibility, you’ll be free to book an appointment with an alternaleaf general practitioner. We’ll ask that you fill out a pre-consultation form, providing personal and medical information that can help us accurately and precisely assess your needs.

You can manage the booking procedure entirely on your own if you prefer. However, you can also get guidance from an alternaleaf nurse through each step of the process by calling 1-800-864-878.

We are here to help, even with booking.

Step 2: Your Pre-Assessment Consultation

Your initial consultation at our online cannabis clinic will consist of a 20-minute conversation with an alternaleaf nurse, during which you’ll undergo an in-depth evaluation to determine your current health needs, history, and concerns.

During this telehealth consultation, you and your nurse will go over your medical history in detail. This will include a discussion of your condition (or conditions), along with a comprehensive analysis of how your ailments have been treated in the past.

Your nurse will introduce you to the various cannabis products that might be recommended for someone with your unique medical profile.

You’ll learn more about how these products can be integrated with other wellness strategies including such elements as improved diet, more exercise, changes in sleeping habits, and stress management techniques. We provide a holistic approach to alternative medicines like cannabis.

Step 3: Your Consultation with a Prescribing Physician

After an alternaleaf nurse has collected all of your medical data, you’ll spend 10 minutes in consultation with one of our practising physicians.

Based on your history and current state of health, your physician may recommend certain medical cannabis products as a way to help you manage your symptoms and promote more robust health overall.

This is a great time to ask any questions you may have. Your prescribing doctor, an expert in cannabis, can explain the role this plant will play in your recovery plan.

Our goal is to provide you with a clear understanding of how medical cannabis products can help you manage your health, without adverse side effects.

Once your questions are answered, and your plan has been detailed, your physician will then decide what medical cannabis products to prescribe for you, and in what dose.

We’ll guide you through the approval process, which is granted from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), but alternaleaf will take care of this for you.

What's an Authorised Prescriber?

The Australian medical cannabis program works by connecting interested patients with Authorised Prescribers, aka registered doctors. The good news? At alternaleaf, all our doctors are registered as Authorised Prescribers.

Legally, as a patient, you’ll need to consult with an alternaleaf doctor to receive a prescription for any medical cannabis products. This helps ensure you always get accurate information about your treatment, dose, and condition, as well as access to tested and established cannabis products.

Why can’t all doctors and prescribers access medical cannabis? Medical cannabis is one of the categories of therapeutic goods that are not (yet) included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

Step 4: Medical Cannabis Prescription Dispensing and Delivery

You’ve completed the consultation. You’ve been issued a medical cannabis prescription. What happens now?

Your medical cannabis prescription is dispensed by our network of partner pharmacies, who will ship it directly to you.

As an alternaleaf patient, you get access to a personalised platform where you can manage your prescriptions online. You can schedule new orders when you're ready to refill your prescription. Simple.

Step 5: Follow-Up Appointment

We email you when it’s time to schedule a follow-up consultation with your doctor. During your follow-up consultation, your physician will assess your current health status and make changes in your prescriptions if required.

Your follow-up consultation will take place approximately six to eight weeks following your initial appointment. However, you can schedule a follow-up appointment at any time if you have questions or concerns about your treatment plan.

Cannabis Consultation, Designed with the Patient in Mind

As an alternaleaf patient, you’ll enjoy the easy and streamlined process that only a highly experienced and knowledgeable licensed online cannabis clinic can provide.

You’ll quickly gain access to a team of cannabis experts, doctors, and nurse practitioners who are here to support you throughout the entire process.

Start your journey today. Talk to us to get started.