The Office of Medicinal Cannabis is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and provides advice on access to medicinal cannabis in Victoria.

Prescribing medicinal cannabis

Any doctor in Victoria can prescribe medicinal cannabis for any patient with any condition, if they have the required Commonwealth and/or state approvals.

For clinicians wanting to apply for the necessary approvals, click on the button below that best describes the medicinal cannabis product you intend to prescribe.

Public health emergency order (PHEO)

A public health emergency order, pursuant to section 22D of the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981, was issued to remove requirements for registered medical practitioners and nurse practitioners to obtain a Schedule 8 treatment permit for patients who are not drug-dependent persons – provided the practitioner checks the patient's SafeScript profile before prescribing.

The PHEO will remain in effect, for the duration of the order or until revoked. The PHEO may be examined on the Medicines and Poisons page.

The above access pathways can be used by any medical practitioner, however the TGA may require evidence of specialist support for the proposed treatment.

A Schedule 8 or Schedule 4 medicinal cannabis product NOT registered on the ARTG

A Schedule 8 medicinal cannabis product registered on the ARTG, such as nabiximols (Sativex)

Visit the health professionals section for more information on prescribing medicinal cannabis.