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HHI Symposium

Invited Speakers MELBOURNE 2018

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  • Ed Rosenthal - cannabis horticulture authority, author, educator, social activist

    As an educator and author, “Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook”, has become the definitive marijuana cultivation resource, inspiring millions to learn the best marijuana cultivation techniques. His book is the official course book of Oaksterdam University, and is still the only cannabis horticulture title ever to be reviewed by the New York Times.

  • As an internationally known cannabis activist and advocate, Ed views marijuana law as a crucial social issue: one that hit him personally. In 1999, Ed was appointed, “Officer of the City of Oakland”, directed to cultivate cannabis for patients. Three years later, the federal government shut down his city supported facility. Ed was arrested, and put on trial twice for marijuana cultivation in federal court. Ed’s highly publicized trials shifted public opinion in favor of state medical marijuana laws, highlighting for many the fact that marijuana laws have become more harmful to society than the behavior they were intended to regulate.

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  • Adam Miller - Founder of BuddingTech and The Medical Cannabis Council

    Adam completed his studies of Business Entrepreneurship at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Sweden's Jönköping University for international business in 2009. In 2015, Adam became involved in the medical cannabis space due to his passion for the medicine and belief in innovation stimulating its growth. In 2016, Adam founded BuddingTech, Australia's first medical cannabis accelerator program. As CEO of BuddingTech, Adam has worked tirelessly developing networks and collaborations, including the facilitation and management of three student research projects on medical cannabis in conjunction with the University of Sydney's Business School and MGC Pharmaceuticals, producing Australia's first Medical Cannabis White Paper. With strong connections in the startup ecosystem and the medical cannabis industry, Adam recently hosted Australia's first medical cannabis innovation event 'Seedlings'. Additionally, Adam also founded the Medical Cannabis Council, Australia's first national industry body to represent the medical cannabis industry in Australia. The Mission of the Medical Cannabis Council is to create a unifying voice for the medical cannabis industry in Australia, facilitating a framework of best practice and supporting the positioning of Australia as a world leader in research.

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  • Carol Ireland - CEO and Managing Director of Epilepsy Action Australia

    Carol has an extensive background spanning 35 years in the not-for-profit human services sector and holding a variety of executive positions in operations, service delivery, marketing and fundraising. Carol currently serves on the Australian Advisory Council for the Use of Medicinal Cannabis, the Advisory Board of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney and Steering Committee for the NSW government's Paediatric Epilepsy Trials (Medicinal Cannabis Research), and is a founding Director of the newly constituted Medicinal Cannabis Council. In her role at Epilepsy Action she has had significant contact with many individuals and families who are faced with managing very challenging forms of medication resistant epilepsy, with few or no options left in the conventional treatment bucket. Carol has heard and seen the changes in people's lives, including reduction in the severity and frequency of seizures, resulting from use of medicinal cannabis. She is a strong and active advocate for people living with epilepsy.

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  • Lisa Todd - Clinical Nurse and Clinical Governance Manager for Epilepsy Action Australia

    A Registered Nurse with a Post Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience Nursing and Masters of Education, Lisa is a trained cannabis nurse, having attended numerous educational seminars, conferences and master classes for health care professionals in the United States and Australia.

    She was the lead investigator and co-author on 'An Australian nationwide survey on medicinal cannabis use for epilepsy: History of antiepileptic drug treatment predicts medicinal cannabis use' published in Epilepsy & Behaviour (2017) and Co-investigator in the PELICAN study (Paediatric Epilepsy Lambert Initiative Cannabinoid Analysis) with the University of Sydney. Prior to her work in the field of Medicinal Cannabis Lisa was seconded to the George Research Institute for Global Health for several years as Research Fellow for the SEMISIC study (Sydney Epilepsy Incidence Study to Measure Illness Consequences).

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  • TIM OATES - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Delta Tetra Consultancy

    Prior to moving to Australia in 2015, Tim was prominently involved in the UK medical cannabis initiative, working with some of the industry's global leaders and has acquired a comprehensive cannabis industry knowledge-set and network base. Tim has worked tirelessly to innovate and progress sensible approaches to cannabis legislation across Europe. This has led to an applicable and practical knowledge of the cannabis industry globally as well as a wealth of experience in medical cannabis and its relating nuances.

  • Tim is responsible for the daily management of Delta Tetra and client care.

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  • RICHARD EVANS - Chief Executive Officer – Mirreco

    Mirreco have been recognised as an emerging force in the hemp industry. Mirreco's innovative technologies use hemp biomass to permanently store carbon dioxide above ground in an efficient and very cost-effective manner.

  • Australia is emerging as a leader in hemp farming practices and the development and manufacture of hemp-based products, and we will be collaborating with stakeholders in the hemp and construction industries to support large scale hemp cultivation and processing through the use of our innovative new processing machine.

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  • CHRIS FAIRMAN - Managing Director - Mirreco

    We manufacture panels using hemp biomass to create energy - efficient housing and commercial structures that are carbon negative, self - sustainable and environmentally friendly. At the prestigious 2017 Australian National Sustainability Awards we were awarded runner-up status for product innovation from over 100 applicants using our innovative hemp panels.

  • Mirreco was invited to join ASBEC (Australian Sustainable Built Environmental Council) and are now a council member. ASBEC is the peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia.

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  • Sharlene Mavor – Medical Cannabis Research Australia (NFO)

    Sharlene is a Medical Scientist (BAppSc -Medical Laboratory Science) and director of Medical Cannabis Research Australia who has been researching how Medical Cannabis may treat an ever-increasing array of disorders. Her university background in diagnostic pathology gives her the knowledge to understand disease processes in the human body. She’s travelled to the US, Canada, Israel, Colombia and Chile to learn firsthand from the leading researchers in this new field of cannabinoid science.

  • She’s passionate about sharing this knowledge by educating others under the banner of her charity Medical Cannabis Research Australia. She is committed to advocating for use and access to medical cannabis for patients in Australia as well as promoting more research to give clinicians the evidence they require to pursue this treatment for their patients, both in Australia and in the rest of the world.

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  • Paul Mavor - Health House International

    Paul is a registered Australian and UK pharmacist. His company Health House was granted the first medicinal cannabis import license in Australia and he is currently distributing medicinal cannabis products to eligible patients.

  • Over the last 30 years he has owned several retail pharmacies and worked both in Australia and the UK.

  • In the last 3 years he has focussed on researching medicinal cannabis and has been to conferences, grow and manufacturing facilities and spoken to patients and prescribers in the US, Canada, Israel and recently South America.

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  • Leah Bisiani - Dementia Consultant/Learning & Advisory

    Leah Bisiani has 35 years’ experience within aged /dementia care, establishing a highly skilled knowledge basis as a global leader in this field. Her primary vision has focused on changing negative cultures and philosophies of care associated with people living with dementia, providing a voice that confronts current practice and advocates their rights.

  • Her pioneering revelations enable people living with dementia to attain enriched lifestyles that enable continuation of life based on recognition of the person, valuing individual preference and choices. Additionally, Leah advocates the therapeutic attributes of medicinal cannabis.

  • She has become a popular and prominent speaker at other foremost Australian and Global medicinal cannabis conferences, symposiums and summits, deliberating the promising therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic intractable pain in the older population.

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  • Cannabis Access Clinics

    Cannabis Access Clinics are focussed on helping doctors and patients navigate the regulatory pathway for prescribing medicinal cannabis products in Australia. Our clinics work closely with patients who suffer from indications for which there is some evidence that medicinal cannabis therapies may be beneficial. We work in accordance with TGA Guidance documents on medicinal cannabis, consulting patients with indications including Chronic Pain (including Cancer Pain), Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer (CINV), Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, HIV Aids and others.

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  • Greg Chipp - Director Drug Policy Australia

    Drug Policy Australia is a Health Promotion Charity and NGO that advocates for evidence-based, Harm Reduction drug policies. Criminalising drug users is counterproductive and a new regulatory system based on the 'Portugal Model' of decriminalising the personal drug use is the only solution to Australia's drug problems. Greg has been active in politics and public policy development for several decades, beginning with the Australian Democrats.

  • In 2012, Greg founded a single issue Political Party called Drug Law Reform Australia to raise awareness about the ongoing harm being done to young people and families by unrealistic drug laws that criminalise millions of otherwise law-abiding Australians. At the 2106 Federal election, the party ran a successful "Free Cannabis" campaign calling for the full legalisation of Cannabis. Greg supports the right of all Australians to access medicines they deem appropriate without fear of criminal prosecution.

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  • Damian Donoghue - Superhealth

    After many years of diet changes, constant detoxing and re-educating himself, Damian completely turned his health around and healed himself of Chronic Fatigue.

    What started as one individuals journey to heal himself naturally of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has now grown exponentially into the SuperHealth community of health and wellness enthusiasts committed to sharing knowledge, providing support and guidance and bringing you the highest quality superfoods and detoxification products in the world.

    Damian is super passionate about using cannabis to enhance human health and he loves sharing fun and practical ways to include cannabis in your family’s daily health regime.


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