Mildura Weekly : Friday August 26 Vol 10 No 42
14 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016 VICTORIAN patients, including those in Mil- dura, are one step closer to accessing medici- nal cannabis, with a State Government horti- cultural trial entering its second phase, and a new Independent Medical Advisory Commit- tee now in place. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, this week appointed Professor James Angus (AO) as the Independent Medical Advisory Commit- tee’s chairperson, with the Committee expected to play a critical role in the delivery of the State’s Medicinal Cannabis Access Scheme. The Committee will provide advice on patient eligibility – in- cluding expanding the scheme to include other cohorts – and the ap- proval of the types of medicinal canna- bis products available to Victorian patients. It includes specialist physicians in cancer, addiction medicine, neurology and pain man- agement, and experts in pharmacology, HIV/ AIDS, medical research and ethics, pharmacy practice, nursing and a consumer representa- tive. A leading academic and medical educa- tor, Professor Angus is the former head of the University of Melbourne’s Medical School and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Den- tistry and Health Sciences. “The new Medical Advisory Commit- tee will use the very best medical evidence available so doctors and families can have confidence in our medicinal cannabis access scheme,” Minister Hennessy said. “Professor Angus’ highly-respected skills, knowledge and expertise will help guide the roll-out of medicinal cannabis products for Victorian patients in exceptional circumstanc- es.” The Government’s cultivation is also on- track to deliver supply to kids with severe epi- lepsy by 2017 following the successful com- pletion of Australia’s first horticultural trial. Cultivation for the first patient group is also expected to get under way soon, and involves using cuttings from suitable plant strains from the horticultural trial to grow multiple plants. “Right now we have parents who are making the heart-breaking decision between breaking the law and watching their child suf- fer – and we are changing that forever,” Pre- mier Andrews said. “We are delivering on our promise to give access to medicinal cannabis as soon as pos- sible because we know it can change lives.” The Office of Medicinal Cannabis is also up and running, and will be re- sponsible for the regulation of clini- cal and manufacturing aspects of the medicinal cannabis framework. It will work closely with medi- cal specialists, general practitioners and pharmacists to help them under- stand their role in facilitating access to medicinal cannabis products. As part of this, the Office will be develop- ing and publishing educational material about medicinal cannabis, eligibility and regulatory requirements for participation in the scheme. Victoria was the first State in Australia to legalise access to medicinal cannabis, with $28.5million allocated in the State Budget to support the scheme. THE installation of new interpretive signs along the Merbein Link Trail will be cel- ebrated this Sunday during a special com- munity barbecue. Developed by Parks Victoria and Friends of the Merbein Common with the support of the Merbein District Historical Society and First Peoples of Millewa-Mal- lee, the signs have been developed as part of a larger program linking parks along the Murray River corridor by creating “a recog- nisable River Red Gum style.” The new signage connects River Red Gum parks to local communities by telling the story of the environment, culture and history of the area, with the hope that the signs will stimulate a greater understand- ing and appreciation of the importance of these parks. Friends of the Merbein Common will host this Sunday’s community celebra- tions from 11am at the Merbein Common’s sandbar and day visitor area, with all resi- dents and interested onlookers welcome to attend. Also included will be a walk of the Mer- bein Link Trail to view the new signs, with lunch to be cooked by the Merbein Rotary Club. Those interested in attending are asked to bring their own chairs, drink bottle hat and/or umbrella to suit weather condi- tions, with more information, or to RSVP, available by contacting Doug Matthews on 0427 247 028. Merbein Common to host special community BBQ • SEEING THE SIGNS: The installation of new interpretive signs along the Merbein Link Trail will be celebatred at a special community barbecue this Sunday. The new signage aims to connect River Red Gum parks to local communities by telling the story of the environment, culture and history of the area. Walk for Parkinson’s WITH 80,000 people in Australia living with Parkinson’s Disease and 30 people diagnosed with the illness every day, The Mildura Parkinson’s Support Group in- vites the community to participate in the seventh annual awareness ‘slow walk’ this Sunday. The two-and-a-half kilometre walk will start at 9.45am at Henderson Park and will end at Mocca Mecca on Fifteenth Street. Participants are invited to wear red to the event to help raise awareness of those living with the disease in Sunraysia. For more information contact Cheryl Barnes on 5021 2925. Medicinal cannabis ‘one step closer’ for Victorian patients THIS SATURDAY NIGHT $15 ROAST CARVERY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP 49 ADAMS STREET WENTWORTH FOR BOOKINGS CALL (03) 5027 3051 PLUS LIVE ENTERTA INMENT IN THE BEER GARDEN BISTRO OPEN FOR LUNCH DAILY 12PM - 2PM DINNER THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 6PM - 8PM BAR OPEN DAILY FROM 11AM HEADING TO THE WENTWORTH SHOW THIS WEEKEND? WHY NOT COME AND ENJOY THE FA MILY-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AT THE CAPTAIN STURT HOTEL, WHILE ALSO HAVING THE CHANCE TO MEET ROSS, ANG AND THEIR TEAM.
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