Maria Clinic | Medical Practice Casino NSW

Casino Pain Relief Clinic

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Maria clinic started Casino Pain Relief clinic for those patients with chronic  pain .

Clinic will assess the eligibility to prescribe Cannabis based drugs approved by TGA and make applications to TGA.
Medication can be in the form of tables (gels), oils or via a vaporiser. 
Medications approved by TGA will be dispensed by your preferred local chemist.
Contact Gene to make appointments for new patients to the clinic. Phone 02 6662 1811 or click here to fill in the online form.

About Medical Cannabis

Medicinal Cannabis preparations contain terpenoids and cannabinoids, of which CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most studied. Each has its own qualities with some overlap and also augment each other's action. The choice of one or both depends on the patient's condition and their circumstances. There have been over 103 conditions approved by the TGA, including:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Cancer Pain & Symptoms
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Seizure Management
  • PTSD
  • Anorexia
  • Severe Insomnia
  • Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting
  • Palliative Care

The manufacture of Medicinal Cannabis is highly regulated and must conform to strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) this means the products are free from harmful ingredients, that doctors and consumers know what is in it, and that the effect it has for a patient will be consistent from bottle to bottle.
There are several manufacturers establishing in Australia and until local product becomes available, most are importing ready-prepared products from sister companies in Canada. 

These products are at the required standard of the TGA and are designed to assist patients who have one of the eligible conditions.
Maria Clinic will be using MedReleaf Brand of Medical Cannabis products, as they are renowned for their high quality, accredited by both Health Canada and the EU and manufactured under stringent GMP manufacturing processes. However, we may also recommend other products if they are deemed more appropriate. Current formulations available include oils, gel caps and dried bud, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. These will be discussed with individual patients at their consultation.

ABOUT CASINO PAIN RELIEF CLINIC

Our Doctors, operate a specialty clinic within the medical clinic to assist eligible patients to gain access to Medical Cannabis products via the TGA's Special Access Scheme. The process is complex, however our team is dedicated in working alongside you and your GP. Appointments are held in a private consultation room with a fully qualified Medicinal Cannabis practitioner.

CONSULTATIONS - BOOKINGS
All patients seeking to make an appointment to see our Medical Cannabis Doctors are asked to obtain a Medical Health Summary from their GP and then contact Gene at the clinic on 02 6662 1811 or Click here to fill in the online form. 
CONSULTATIONS INITIAL CONSULTATION
During your initial consultation, our well-trained team will take a detailed medical history, explain the role of Medicinal
Cannabis and how it may help with your condition. They will also discuss the intricacies of the SAS scheme, approval waiting times and the logistics of medication supply. The team will advise you if the TGA (Health Department) is likely to approve your request. However ultimately, the decision lies in the hands of the TGA.

Costs and Process

CONSULTATION FEES
Our consultation fees are work-effort based and are not bulk-billed but a Medicare rebate may apply. The initial visit (which may take up to 45 minutes) will cost $200, you may receive some money back from Medicare. We will follow up with you a week after your initial consultation and this will be bulk-billed.

CONSULTATIONS FOLLOWUP CONSULTATION
Your follow-up visit is important as this is the time when we review your progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan as well as being a requirement of the TGA for all approvals obtained.
Subsequent visits will be $90 due the time and complexity of the consultation. The fee is inclusive of the considerable time needed to submit applications and follow-up on any additional information required by the TGA.

COST OF THE PRODUCTS
While the Australian Government has not committed funding to have Medicinal Cannabis added to the Pharmaceutical Benefit Schedule, certain private health insurance companies, some accident compensation boards, and the Department of Veteran Affairs have come forward to assist patients. Please make your own enquiries. The prices of Medical Cannabis can vary greatly from $100-$500 per product, depending on the strength, volume/quantity and form. The Doctor will select an appropriate product(s) to help your condition, taking into consideration ease of use of the product(s), dosing frequency and cost effectiveness of the treatment plan.

ADVERSE EFFECTS
All drugs may have unexpected adverse effects, and like any other medicine, Medicinal Cannabis may or may not be right for you. It is important you speak to our clinic team about any concerns you have about your treatment during your visits.
Our experienced team members will work with you to determine the most suitable product. As the TGA has indicated, every prescription is a trial of treatment and we know that there will be some who may be disappointed. There may be a need to choose alternative formulations or ratios of CBD/THC where circumstances permit. This will be decided during follow-up visits. We welcome your valued feedback.

Book a consultation or more information

If you would like more information on the process please call Gene at the clinic on 02 6662 1811 or Click here to fill in the online form.