Resources for Medical Doctors

Medicinal cannabis products in Australia can currently be accessed by Doctors & Specialists through the TGA’s Special Access Scheme (SAS). To receive updates on our imported products and the progress of our educational program, please fill out the form and register your interest.

Links to the TGA – SAS Online www.sas.tga.gov.au and also individual State & Territory Information can be found below

About the Special Access Scheme

The SAS refers to arrangements that provide for the import and/or supply of an unapproved therapeutic good for a single patient, on a case-by-case basis. Three pathways exist under the scheme, that can be utilised by health practitioners. The two most common pathways are as follows:

Category A is a notification pathway that can only be accessed by medical practitioners for patients who are seriously ill with a condition from which death is reasonably likely to occur within a matter of months, or from which premature death is reasonably likely to occur in the absence of early treatment.

Category B is an application pathway that can be accessed by health practitioners for patients who do not fit the Category A definition and where the unapproved good is not deemed to have an established history of use and cannot therefore be accessed through Category C. An approval letter from the TGA is required before the good may be accessed. Approvals for medicines accessed through this pathway are typically only issued to medical and dental practitioners.

SAS Online System

On Monday 30 July 2018, an online system was introduced to enable the electronic submission of SAS applications and notifications to the TGA. Use of this online system will reduce administrative burden on health practitioners and provide users with additional system benefits to manage their SAS applications and notifications.

Link: TGA – SAS Online

Link: Federal Requirements – TGA

Link: Office of Drug Control

States & Territory Information:

Link: Queensland Government

Link: Victoria Government

Link: New South Wales Government

Link: South Australia Government

Link: Western Australia Government

Link: Northern Territory Government

Link: Tasmania Government

Link: Tasmania Government – Medical Cannabis Products Access Flowchart

Link: TGA – Cannabis Access Pathway PDF


Approved TGA indications for medicinal cannabis include

Chronic Pain | Anxiety | Depression | Neuropathic Pain | Multiple Sclerosis MS| PTSD | Migrane | IBS | Cancer Pain | Palliative Care | Epilepsy | Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting | Fibromyalgia | Spasticity from Neurological Conditions | Anorexia and Wasting Associated with Chronic Illness (such as cancer) and more as research assists the Therapeutic Goods Administration.