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Medicinal Cannabis: A Crash Course In What You Need to Know

In this learning session, Dr Joe Kosterich discusses the role of medicinal cannabis in treating symptoms of arthritis. The session is 1.5 hours, provides approximately 1.5 CPD hours of learning and covers the basics of medicinal cannabis, the prescription process, and the clinical use of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for arthritis.

Upon completion of the course, you will have a solid understanding of the role of medicinal cannabis in medical practice, the prescription process, and the clinical use of medicinal cannabis in treating pain arthritis.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this learning session you will be able to:

1) Describe the potential role of medicinal cannabis in pain management.

2) Outline basic considerations in prescribing medicinal cannabis where clinically appropriate and within your professional scope of practice.

Target Audience: GPs, Nurses, and Pharmacists located in both metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in osteoporosis management. The session is also suitable for other healthcare professionals with an interest in the topic.

CPD Points: 1.5 CPD recorded hours recommended for purposes of self-directed CPD.

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Meet the Expert

Dr Joe Kosterich MBBS

Doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant

Dr Joe is a contributor to various medical and popular publications. He is a sought-after expert in medico-legal cases and frequently provides opinions on radio and television. Additionally, he serves as the clinical editor for Medical Forum Magazine and holds teaching roles as an adjunct professor at UWA and a lecturer at Curtin Medical School.

In addition to his editorial work, Dr Joe is the Medical Advisor for Little Green Pharma, a company specialising in medicinal cannabis. He also serves as the Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association.

Dr Joe has authored two self-published books, namely “Dr Joe’s DIY Health” and “60 Minutes To Better Health.” Previously, Dr Joe held high-ranking positions within the Australian Medical Association and served on several industry and government boards. He has significant corporate experience, particularly in establishing and managing medical centres.

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The Medicinal Cannabis course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to medicinal cannabis and its active compounds
  • The current evidence around medicinal cannabis and chronic pain
  • Potential side effects, drug interactions and contraindications for use
  • The prescription pathway and practicalities
  • The clinical use of medicinal cannabis in treating pain, including dosing and monitoring

The course will also include a case study and a knowledge check to reinforce learning. Participants will also have access to additional resources, including articles and videos, to supplement their learning.

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Frequently asked questions

Medicinal Cannabis: A Crash Course in What You Need to Know

Who are the online learning activities for?

AOWA’s learning activities are for health professionals delivering chronic musculoskeletal care, specifically in metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.

What are the benefits of engaging in online learning activities?

Taking an online learning activity offers several benefits, including flexibility for accessing the learning when it is convenient for you. Furthermore, you are not limited by location as you can learn from anywhere with an internet connection. Our activities will provide access to a range of subjects and topics related to musculoskeletal conditions, enabling you to expand your knowledge as a healthcare professional.

Can I l learn at my own pace or are there specific deadlines?

All online sessions are self-paced, which allows you to study at your convenience without any deadlines.

Can I use these learning activities toward Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points?

Yes, learning activities can be used towards self-directed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. However, it depends on the specific requirements and guidelines set by the professional organisation that oversees CPD requirements for your profession.

It is recommended to check with your professional regulatory body or association to confirm if the online learning activity you are interested in is eligible for self-directed CPD points.

Will I receive a completion certificate or transcript after finishing the learning activity?

Yes, you will receive a downloadable completion certificate upon completing the learning activity requirements.

How long do online learning activities typically last?

The duration of online activities can vary. Some activities are short and focused, whilst others are more extensive. The duration is indicated in the learning activity description, providing you with an idea of the time commitment required.

How much do these learning activities cost?

All AOWA health professional learning activities are currently free of charge (as of 12/6/23).

Who can I talk to if I want more information?

For any enquiries related to Health Professional education, please email education@arthritiswa.org.au or call us on (08) 9388 2199.

Are you a healthcare professional looking to stay up-to-date on musculoskeletal conditions?

Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA online education courses are specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge to optimise the delivery of arthritis care.

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