Expanding Victoria’s medicinal cannabis sector to treat more children in need

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The Victorian Government has announced it is expanding Victoria’s medicinal cannabis sector during a visit to Monash Children’s Hospital on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

During their visit, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced a significant expansion to Victoria’s early compassionate access scheme, now offering the imported medicinal cannabis product to 60 of the state’s sickest children.

The Labor Government will also offer Victoria’s locally produced product – when it is ready – to an additional 30 children, to provide further access to this life-changing medicine to a total of 90 Victorian children.

This follows the unveiling of Australia’s first ever Medical Cannabis Industry Development Strategy, which aims to have Victoria supplying half of Australia’s medicinal cannabis by 2028.

“Victoria’s leadership has seen some of our sickest kids get the treatment they so desperately need. That’s why we’re expanding our compassionate early access scheme,” said Minister Hennessy.

To find out more about this announcement click here.

Pictured: L-R – Head of Paediatric Neurology at Monash Children’s Hospital Professor Michael Fahey, Victorian Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy MP, Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford MP, medicinal cannabis patient Cooper Wallace, Monash Health Chief Executive Andrew Stripp, Coopers’ mother and father Cassie and Rhett.

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