DWD Mid North Coast meeting includes discussion of medicinal cannabis

DWD Mid North Coast meeting includes discussion of medicinal cannabis

When: Tuesday 15 May 2018 – 10 am to 12 noon

Annie Quadroy, DWD Mid North Coast Convenor, will provide an update on the latest news, including our stall at the Senational Seniors Expo in Port Macquarie.

Special topic for discussion: Medicinal cannabis ( a topic requested by many members).

Guest speaker: Paul Mavor

Paul Mavor is a pharmacist from Western Australia and the first person to legally import medicinal cannabis (MC) into Australia. Paul and his wife, Sharlene Mavor, a medical scientist, have established the organisation Medicinal Cannabis Research Australia MCRA). 
The aim of MCRA is to to educate and advise health professionals, patients, their families and carers in the use of MC through media, education and fund raising campaigns. MCRA also aims to cooperate with government and like-minded organisations in order to advance the research, treatments, equity and quality of life which can be assisted with the use of MC.

Dan Haslam, who died in February 2015, was instrumental in bringing the issue of the therapeutic use of herbal MC to the forefront and into the national Australian consciousness. Dan’s mother, Lucy Haslam, witnessed the dramatic relief her son gained from using MC and promised Dan that she would try to get legal access to MC for all Australians. Lucy, a retired nurse, created the non-profit organisation United in Compassion

In October 2016 the The Federal Government legalised the use of MC in Australia. However the path to patient access has continued to be difficult. Lucy recently told The Northern Daily Leader that “Legislation should be based on what is medically best for the patient, not politics – The best interests of patients are being overlooked in Australia because of political and other vested interests.” There are certainly parallels between the campaign to reduce suffering by legalised medicinal cannabis and our own campaign for voluntary assisted dying.

NB: The date was changed to 15 May (from 29 May) to take up the opportunity of Paul Mavor visiting NSW at that time to speak at The Hemp, Health & Innovation Expo Sydney 2018.

Where: The Rushcutter Room in Port Macquarie Panthers Club 1 Bay St Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meeting. $5 incl morning tea.

For details contact Annie Quadroy by email pmq@dwdnsw.org.au or phone 0432 048 414.

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