Appendix A. Advisory committees

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Purpose

The terms of reference ask the Commission to appoint expert panels to assist in its review, specifically to examine:

  • prescribing practices for medicinal cannabis, including eligibility criteria for access to medicinal cannabis and the role of doctors in managing the use of medicinal cannabis by patients
  • the regulation of medicinal cannabis manufacture and distribution, including which forms of medicinal cannabis should be permitted for use.

It is the Commission’s usual practice to convene committees of individuals with specialist expertise to assist in identifying and exploring issues and generating ideas for reform. Participation is by invitation.

For the medicinal cannabis reference, the Commission convened two advisory committees:

  • a medical advisory committee, to advise on prescribing practices that could impact upon access to medicinal cannabis
  • a regulation advisory committee, to advise on the regulation of the potential manufacture and distribution of medicinal cannabis.

Membership

The individuals and organisations listed below accepted the Commission’s invitation to participate on the committees.

Medical Advisory Committee

Individuals

Associate Professor Carolyn Arnold

Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic AC

Associate Professor Noel Cranswick

Dr Matthew Frei

Professor Carl Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor Brian Le

Dr Maurice Magner

Professor Paul Myles

Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO

Professor Duncan Topliss

Professor John Zalcberg OAM

Organisations

AMA Victoria

Australian Pain Society; Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists; Pain Australia

Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)

Epilepsy Australia

MS Australia

Palliative Care Victoria

Regulation Advisory Committee

Individuals

Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM

Professor Margaret Hamilton AO

Peter Hanks QC

Dr Kim Sweeny

Organisations

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Victoria)

Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)

Law Institute of Victoria

Office of Public Prosecutions

Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel

Royal Australia College of General Practitioners

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia—Victoria

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Police

Victorian Therapeutics Advisory Group

Meetings

The committees met separately and together on the following dates:

Meeting 1: 1 April 2015 (Medical Advisory Committee)

Meeting 2: 2 April 2015 (Regulation Advisory Committee)

Meeting 3: 6 May 2015 (both committees).

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