Prescribers must have approval from the ACT Chief Health Officer (CHO) to prescribe cannabis as a controlled substance. Please see the approval process on the controlled medicines page. You can only be approved to prescribe cannabis for one patient.
You can apply for a Category Approval for medicinal cannabis to streamline your approval process. All applications must be in line with Category 6 — Medicinal Cannabis in the ACT Controlled Medicines Prescribing Standards. This states you may only apply to prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients with the following conditions:
- spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis
- nausea and vomiting from Cancer chemotherapy
- pain and anxiety related to active malignancy from a life limiting disease with a prognosis of 12 months or less
- refractory paediatric epilepsy
Commonwealth Government legislation also requires you to obtain an authority to prescribe from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). You can submit your application at the same time as your TGA application. ACT Health won’t approve any application until TGA approval is obtained.