Australian Cannabis Nurses Association.
An association of nurses committed to awareness, advocacy and compassion with endocannabinoid therapies.
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Simone has spent 30 years working in rural health across acute, emergency, aged, palliative and community care. In 2009 she completed a Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and was endorsed in 2013. In 2014 she developed an innovative community/aged care outreach model that targets complex and vulnerable clients who have difficulty accessing care or have complex psychosocial, physical or pain needs. In 2016, this received pilot project funding and the model was successfully implemented. She has remained working in outreach with the elderly, disadvantaged and complex clients since across aged, acute and disability sectors.
In the last 5 years Simone has also worked in Women’s Health (sexual and reproductive), undertaken on-call locum work in Urgent Care Centres in Central Victoria and undertaken extensive studies in Palliative and Cannabis Medicine. Simone has previously worked as a Forensic Nurse Examiner for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, travelling Victoria to assess and treat victims and perpetrators of crime and being called as an expert witness in criminal cases.
On a personal note, 2019 was a big year. Simone was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma and had surgery on her right leg. Six months later she had a slip and sustained a significant broken left leg, requiring two surgeries, bone grafts and 22 metal plates and bolts in her leg forever.
Simone spent a lot of her rehab time studying medicinal cannabis, how it works and what is happening around the world with legislation and access to it. She has since undertaken several courses in prescribing medicinal cannabis and works in a full time clinical capacity.
Jodie Davis is a registered nurse and has been the Federal Education Officer for the ANMF for 15 years.
She is a member of UIC and an interim Board Director of AMCA.
Jodie is a devoted medicinal cannabis advocate and has played an integral role in organising the inaugural Nurses conference in collaboration with UIC. Jodie is now, in collaboration with other ANMF nurses, is developing the nurses and midwives conference for 2023.
Deb is a practicing Registered Clinical Nurse Consultant. Her background is Cardio thoracic, transplant & community Nursing, with focus now being Cannabis medicine. Passions are advocating for patients, community, and her colleagues in the realm of medicinal cannabis.
Deb is a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, an Ambassador for Drive Change, a founding member of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA) Member of Society of Cannabis Clinicians, founding member of The Australian chapter Society of Cannabis Clinicians. (SCC AC), Cannabis Nurses Network member, a volunteer for Not-for-profit organisation United in Compassion (UIC)
She engages with many affiliations regarding helping patients obtain and retain quality of life through this plant medicine. Organises and runs full day education seminars at Metro North Hospitals and health services in QLD. These seminars given professional development points for attendees. Deb has played an integral part in bringing awareness of this medicine to major Nursing forums and conferences with motions passed in vote. She has lobbied for 60,000 strong Nurses to receive cannabis education and for this to be included in agendas. Lobbying around specifics such as Endocannabinoid education for Nurses and PBS listed medicines to driving implications for this medicine.
Deb owns and runs the Australian Nurses Cannabis Support & Information Network with 10,000 followers thirsty for correct up to date information, in conjunction with a private group, Nurses in Unity with 180 likeminded cannabis Nurses. This group was formed from the 2019 UIC symposium.
Deb strongly advocates for better access to quality product, legislation changes to driving laws, compassionate access for patients, a less convoluted system & participates in advocacy for her patients, colleagues, and the public.
Lucy is a retired nurse, who previously founded a fully accredited in-home nursing care company which grew from a one-person operation to a staff of over 50 nursing and disability support workers and included a respite centre and administration centre caring for over 200 patients. Patients included low through to high support clients such as quadriplegics, acquired brain injury, physical and intellectual disabilities, frail aged and palliative care.
Lucy is married to Lou, a retired police officer who spent the bulk of his 32 year career investigating drug related crime in Sydney and the North West of NSW.
As of August 2013, Lucy has spearheaded the movement to re-introduce Medicinal Cannabis into Australia. Lucy witnessed the dramatic relief her son Dan (suffering stage 4 bowel cancer) gained from using Medicinal Cannabis, and Dan championed the cause alongside his Mother. Together they started a social campaign which ultimately changes Australian Laws. Lucy says that she used to feel proud of that achievement but now feels that Australian legislators have produced a system set up to fail patients like Dan. On Dan’s deathbed she promised to make access to cannabis better for Australians.
In November 2014 Lucy organised the Inaugural UIC Medicinal Cannabis Symposium in Tamworth with subsequent events in Sydney in 2016, and 2017 in Melbourne and a planned event for early 2019
Advisory Board Member: NSW Government Medicinal Cannabis Centre for Research & Innovation and of the ACT Medicinal Council Advisory Board
Committee Member: NSW Compassionate Access Scheme
Founder of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Alliance which is a group of likeminded Medicinal Cannabis supporters determined to improve patient access. This group includes medical professional, legal professionals, researchers, and academics
Nominated for the Australian of the Year Award 2016 (Achieved State Finalist level)
Named in the Top 100 Women of Influence Awards 2016
Director of the OZ Medicann Group (OMG). This is an unpaid position that came about because of the social conscience of the OMG who are proud to support the work of United in Compassion as we advocate for patient rights.
The ACNA is committed to ending the stigma of medical cannabis.
ACNA is focused on supporting nurses in education of the endocannabinoid system.
Out long term goal is to have it embedded in undergraduate nursing curriculums and we will work with the ANMF and other Professional bodies to plan this.
Our Education Hub is nearly finished and will be live very soon
Advocacy for Nurses and Patients
The ACNA is committed to advocacy on behalf of nurses and patients with a focus on:
- access to medical cannabis
- education about the endocannabinoid system
- support for changes to driving and workplace laws
- professional support and mentoring
- development of professional standards for endocannabinoid nurses
The ACNA pledges to actively destigmatise medical cannabis and patients who use cannabis, be that prescribed or illicit
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