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Over 3 days hear from world experts as we grapple with the problems around patient access, guidelines and supply.
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Symposium Events

Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course
 9am-5pm | Thurs 21st | $100

Australia’s first medical cannabis course, designed for health care practitioners, by health care practitioners.

Written & Presented by Dr David Caldicott

‘High As Mike’ World Premiere
 7.30pm | Fri 22nd | $20

Join us for the world premiere of the feature film ‘High as Mike’. Mike has a brain tumour that will eventually rob him of his sight. In this film Mike goes on a cycling road trip to explore the stagnation of medical cannabis prescription in Australia.

Pre-Premiere Drinks & Canapes
 6.30pm | Fri 22nd | $50
Dress up and mingle with the Symposium Keynote Speakers, Special Invited Guests and the Production Team for High as Mike at this exclusive ticketed event.
Beer or Champagne and canapes served in the Starr’s Room


Hummingbird Gala Dinner
 7.30pm | Sat 23rd |$150pp

A chance to network, meet hosts and keynote speakers.

Includes 3 course dinner

Exciting announcements still to come!

Note On Pete Evans 15th March 2019

As many people will be aware Pete Evans had been slated as a guest speaker at UIC’s Hummingbird Dinner. This has been the cause of some controversy, particularly in the wake of Mr Evans’ Facebook post this week about an anti-vaccination podcast which has understandably raised concerns in the press and outrage across social media.

In light of Mr Evans’ untenable position on what is a serious public health issue a decision has been taken to cancel his speaking engagement.

Mr Evans will, however, be permitted to continue filming his documentary about medicinal cannabis in a room adjacent to the UIC Symposium since we consider it of utmost importance that a project of this nature includes the best and most scientific information available – something the Symposium can very much help provide.

To clarify, UIC is not ‘aligned’ with Mr Evans in any way, nor do we support or have sympathy for the anti-vax movement or any such non-science-based views. Our objective is and has always been to offer factual, clinically sound evidence as to the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis products for medicinal use – a purpose from which we will not be diverted.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Donald I. Abrams, MD

Donald I. Abrams, MD. is the past chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco…

A/Professor David Meiri, PhD

Principal Investigator, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research…

Cam Battley

Cam Battley is Chief Corporate  Officer of Aurora Cannabis, one  of  the world’s largest and fastest growing cannabis companies. A passionate spokesperson for the medical cannabis industry, Cam started with Aurora Cannabis in March 2016…

Dr Ethan Russo, MD

Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute…

Dr Jeffrey Hergenrather

Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD is a general practitioner specializing in cannabis / cannabinoid medicine since 1999…

Dr Graham Gulbransen

In 2018 Graham opened the first medical cannabis service in Aotearoa NZ. Cannabis Care Clinic is in Henderson, Auckland providing specialist consultations for legal medicinal cannabis prescriptions…

Dr Mark A. Ware

Dr. Mark Ware is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation. He previously served as Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit…

A/Prof Mehrdad Nikfaryam

MD, PhD, FRACS from the Austin health, University of Melbourne will speak on “The role of cannabinoids in the treatment of pancreatic cancer”. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to leading surgical texts…

Dr Teresa Towpik

Dr Towpik has been a General Practitioner in Australia since 1993 and an advocate of medicinal cannabis since the law was amended and cannabis was legalised for medicinal use…

Dr David Bearman

One of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the U.S. in the field of medicinal cannabis. He has spent 40 years working in substance and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs…

John Easterling

Since 1976 ‘Amazon’ John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon rainforest where curanderos taught him plant medicine. His original degree is in environmental studies…

Jonathan Zaid

Jonathan Zaid is the Director of Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility at Aurora Cannabis Inc., one of the world’s largest legal cannabis companies…

Dr Alex Wodak AM

Dr Alex Wodak is a physician and the President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and a Director of Australia 21. He was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, from 1982 until he retired in 2012…

Justin Sinclair

Justin is a Pharmacognosist & Educator, and has spent decades exploring the diverse field of herbal medicine, both from a scientific and traditional ethnopharmacological perspective…

Dr David Caldicott

David has worked as a specialist emergency physician for 25 years, is a senior university lecturer and adjunct associate professor..

Professor Iain McGregor

Iain McGregor is Professor of Psychopharmacology, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Academic Director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics

Professor Laurie Mather

Professor Laurie Mather Started out as analytical and product development chemist for multinational pharmaceutical company in 1958…

Professor Simon Eckermann

Simon Eckermann is Senior Professor of Health Economics at the Australian Health Services Research Institute and the University of Wollongong…

Dr Judith Lacey

Dr Judith Lacey is the Head of Supportive Care and Integrative Oncology at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse…

Dr Teresa Nicoletti

Dr Teresa Nicoletti leads Mills Oakley’s Intellectual Property, Health and Life Sciences team in Sydney…

Dr Scott Smid

Dr Scott Smid is a pharmacologist specialising in preclinical drug discovery and development research in both industry and academic settings…

Dr Melissa Benson

Dr Melissa Benson joined the Lambert Initiative in July 2018, where she continues to contribute to ongoing preclinical epilepsy research…

Carol Ireland

A senior executive with an extensive background in the not-for-profit human services sector spanning 35 years; holding chief executive and general management roles…

Michael John Palmer, AO APM

Michael John (Mick) Palmer is a barrister and 33 year career police officer with extensive experience in police leadership and reform in community…

Greg Barns

Greg Barns is a barrister and writer. He is former National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and practices in the areas of criminal law, family law and administrative law…

A/Professor Jonathon Arnold

Jonathon Arnold is the Associate Director of Preclinical Research, and has a primary focus on strategic direction and execution of the Lambert Initiative’s preclinical research program…

Rita Martin

Rita is a Registered Nurse whose nursing career spans work in many countries including UK, USA, France, Holland and Australia over 35 years…

Mat Henderson

Mat is a former General Counsel with a decade of experience in commercial and intellectual property law…

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What's Included

Symposium Entry

Prices start at $99

Friday 22nd Pass:

  • Keynote speakers
  • ‘High as Mike’ Premiere
  • Fully catered

Saturday 23rd Pass

  • Keynote speakers
  • Fully catered

Sunday 24th Pass

  • Keynote speakers
  • Fully catered

3 Day Pass 

  • Access to all 3 days of keynote speakers
  • ‘High as Mike’ Premiere
  • Fully catered
Not included: Hummingbird Gala Dinner & Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course. Please add tickets to your cart if you’d like to attend.

Special Events

Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course


Presented by Dr David Caldicott


  • The Australian history of medicinal cannabis
  • The endocannabinoid system
  • The pharmacology of cannabinoid medicine
  • The practicalities of dosing
  • Access to industry trade display
  • CDC points (coming soon)
  • Fully catered

Gala Dinner


A chance to network, meet hosts and keynote speakers.

Includes 3 course dinner.

Tickets are available individually or as a full table.

For full table bookings please enquire.

'High as Mike' Premiere


The world premiere of ‘High as Mike’ – a documentary exploring the problems facing patient access to medicinal cannabis.

Screening included in 3 Day & Friday Symposium Entry

or purchase ticket separate

Pre-Premiere Canapes & Drinks


An exclusive pre-premiere drinks & canapes and a networking opportunity. 

Mingle with Keynote speakers, special invited guests and the production team for ‘High as Mike’


  • One drink
  • Canapes


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