Advocate's hopes for forum to change view

SYMPOSIUM: Dianah Walter will be travelling to Tweed Heads in March to attend the medicinal cannabis symposium. Image provided.
SYMPOSIUM: Dianah Walter will be travelling to Tweed Heads in March to attend the medicinal cannabis symposium. Image provided.

A Moonta Bay advocate is hoping to see change in Australia's medicinal cannabis legislation in 2019 after a global symposium to be held in March that will share knowledge on the rapidly evolving practice. 

Dianah Walter, a regional advocate, has been strongly campaigning for better access to the drug following much criticised legislative changes which occurred at a federal level in 2016. 

The symposium is being held in Tweed Heads and will feature globally renowned specialists, doctors, academics who are at the forefront of cannabis science.

Dianah explains that they will be sharing their knowledge, skills and research in what is being perceived as the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of study and clinical practice world-wide.   

"What people forget or maybe don't know or understand, is that cannabis- one of the most therapeutically useful plants on the planet- has a history of use going back thousands of years.

"In the West from the mid 1900s up until the 20th century, it was the single most commonly used medicine available. You'd find it in just about everything. The intention is to restore it to its rightful place in the pharmacopoeia, and events like the 2019 symposium will help us achieve exactly that," Dianah said. 

There is a long way to go with the progression of the drug and Dianah has also focused her attention to supporting a campaign called #FixDansLaw which is calling on the Federal government, Labor and cross bench to improve the current medicinal cannabis framework, something she describes as 'unworkable'. 

"With the information and evidence being present in a few weeks' time at Tweed Heads and the work being done in the run up to the next general Federal election, I strongly believe there's a good chance we can really progress things," she explained. 

"I'd encourage anyone with an interest in the sphere, particularly medical professionals, to attend the symposium and find out how and why cannabis is such an important medicine. It's a chance to be on the right side of history."

The symposium will additionally offer a one day Australian Medicinal Cannabis course.

The course is Australia's first and is designed for health care practitioners. 

It will provide a comprehensive introduction to the Australian history of medicinal cannabis, the endocannabinoid medicine, practicalities of dosing, conditions amenable to treatment, up to date literature and international perspectives.

The Flinders News will catch up with Dianah after the symposium to discuss what she learned.