United in Compassion – Australian Medical Cannabis Symposium
On behalf of United in Compassion (UIC), The Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA) and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians Australian Chapter (SCCAC), are excited to invite you to attend the 2023 Australian Medicinal Cannabis Symposium to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 11-13 August 2023.
The theme for the event is “Harnessing Knowledge, Building Momentum”. The theme ‘momentum’ was the buzz word that was heard throughout UIC 2022. There was a great atmosphere with many excited speakers, delegates and sponsors who were genuinely thrilled to be gathering to talk all things medicinal cannabis. It was such a delight to see, and we hope to build further on that excitement.
Nothing about the reintroduction of Medicinal Cannabis into Australia has been easy but finally, there is momentum and that to me means a stronger industry, progress in research, improved health care professional awareness, decreasing stigma and importantly, better patient access.
2023 will see us dive deep into this rapidly progressing sector, with input from experts from around the globe and across Australia. The program continues to evolve to include more areas of interest such as a program specifically for pharmacists for the first time.
The Lambert Initiative from Sydney University will be involved in the development of the Research and Medical programs. This brings a relationship that began at the very first UIC symposium in 2014 full circle! The Lambert Initiative evolved following the attendance of Iain McGregor and his colleagues at the 2014 event at a time when medicinal cannabis was still illegal in Australia.
Sydney University is now Australia’s premier cannabinoid research university and is taking an important seat at the planning and sponsor table alongside UIC.
The symposium continues to grow in both size and stature and the 2023 event will be held in a first-class venue which has some essential room for expansion. We expect over 600 delegates, up to 100 exhibitors over three days, a two-day Industry program, a one-day Nursing Program, two-day Research and Medical Program, Pharmacists and HCP programs and two exciting networking events, including a welcome function and a gala dinner/dance.
We will work hard to deliver a program that is exciting, inspiring, practical and includes something for everyone. We will also drill down on the ongoing issues, in the quest to overcome problems for the sector. We will endeavour to include key personnel from Government, Industry and the Health Profession and the cream of the crop of Australian and International Presenters.
We look forward to partnering with you and welcoming you the 2023 Australian Medicinal Cannabis Symposium.
United in Compassion is Australia’s Peak Medicinal Cannabis advocacy body which helped bring about the 2016 legislative changes that made lawful cultivation of the plant for medical and research purposes possible.
Founded in 2014 by Lucy Haslam and her late son Dan, UIC’s main functions since then have been to promote education and knowledge around clinical uses of cannabis as well campaigning for improved patient access to what, for many, can be a life-saving medicine. This is in light of the fact that the 2016 Amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act have failed and are failing to deliver on the promise to deliver affordable cannabis products for sick Australians who need them.
Our philosophy is the dignified alleviation of suffering with compassion and empathy according to ‘Dan’s Test.’
Our primary mission is advocating for patient access to Full Spectrum herbal Medicinal Cannabis extracts and dried herb cannabis in a manner which is safe, effective, affordable, equitable and favourable to patients.
Dan’s test sets expectations of high quality products that are legally and easily accessible with no patient left behind.