Sep 4, 2017

Statement on Medicinal Cannabis

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre (ONJ Centre) is a comprehensive cancer centre which has a commitment to provide the best available care to cancer patients and their families. We do this by offering cancer treatments, wellness and supportive care programs and access to clinical trials that evaluate new cancer therapies.

We recognise that many people with cancer, including our champion, Olivia Newton-John, have reported beneficial effects from cannabis products. Cannabis is not currently prescribed by physicians at the ONJ Centre, however we believe this is an important area for clinical research. 

We are currently planning a research program at the ONJ Centre so that the potential benefits can be evaluated systematically. We see this as an important contribution that we can make to emerging evidence base for the clinical value of cannabis products. Further announcements will be made as our program develops and we encourage those with an interest in this area of research to follow and support us through the ONJ Centre website and our social media. 

Prof Jonathan Cebon, Medical Director, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

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