Dr David Caldicott

Dr David Caldicott

Dr David Caldicott

Educating Australian Doctors about Medical Cannabis

In June 2017 in Melbourne, Dr David Caldicott hosted Australian's first one day medical cannabis course aimed at educating doctors, nurses and other medical professionals about the effectiveness of cannabis in treating pain, nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy, and paediatric seizures. No medical school in Australia currently provides training on how to use medicinal cannabis. This workshop will explore the benefits of disseminating information as widely and freely as possible to invoke change, and usher in a new form of medicine. We will also discuss how to optimise medical cannabis policy, and the obstacles in the way of sensible Australian legislation.

Dr. David Caldicott is an Emergency Consultant at the Emergency Department of the Calvary Hospital in Canberra and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the Australian National University. He is a spokesperson for the Australian Science Media Centre on issues of illicit drug use and the medical response to terrorism and disasters. Dr. Caldicott designed and piloted the Welsh Emergency Department Investigation of Novel Substances (WEDINOS) project in the UK, a unique program using regional emergency departments as sentinel monitoring hubs for the emergence and spread of novel illicit products. He is currently replicating this work in Australia with the ACT Investigation of Novel Substances (ACTINOS) Group. He has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature, and presents nationally and internationally on the subject of the use of the emergency department as an observatory for the surveillance of novel psychotropic substances as they evolve, as well as their effects in acute overdose.