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Australian clinicians’ attitudes towards the prescription of medicinal cannabis

Description 
The use of cannabis to treat a variety of illnesses is increasing rapidly. Australia now allows the prescription of medicinal cannabis for a limited number of medical conditions (e.g. pain, epilepsy). Key medical professional organisations have opposed medicinal cannabis. Little is known about the views and attitudes of key health care professionals that are the primary prescribers of medicinal cannabis. What is their knowledge about the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis? How confident are they in prescribing the drug? What training have they received or what information would they like to receive? How likely are they to prescribe medicinal cannabis and for what conditions? This study may use a range of social science methods, including a large quantitative survey and qualitative interviews with neurologists, psychiatrists and pain specialists to answer these questions. The findings will have important implications for policy and clinical practice and training.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
ethics, attitudes, clinical practice, cannabis, prescription, marijuana, social science, qualitative, survey, policy
School 
School of Psychological Sciences » The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health
Available options 
PhD/Doctorate
Honours
BMedSc(Hons)
Time commitment 
Full-time
Part-time
Top-up scholarship funding available 
No
Physical location 
Monash Biological Imaging facility
Co-supervisors 
Assoc Prof 
Adrian Carter
Dr 
Michael Savic
Dr 
John Gardner

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