The deadline for Austrade grant applications to attend United In Compassion’s 2021 Australian Medicinal Cannabis Symposium has been extended to June 30.

The Symposium has been listed on Austrade’s Schedule of Approved Business Events, meaning eligible businesses can apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of the costs of attending as delegates or exhibitors.

Costs covered by the scheme include sponsorship, tickets, travel expenses and signage and Austrade has also lowered the minimum spend from A$10,000 to $5,000 to allow smaller businesses to benefit.

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Olivia Newton John: special guest at the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Symposium

Grants of up to $250,000 are available for eligible companies, with applications closing on June 30, or earlier if funding is exhausted.

The Symposium, which takes place on the Sunshine Coast from August 13-15, features a one-day nurses’ conference, two-day general symposium, and a training day for healthcare professionals hosted by the Society of Cannabis Clinicians Australian Chapter. There will also be a networking event, gala dinner and three-day trade exhibition.

TGA boss John Skerritt and ODC boss George Masri have joined the program alongside international speakers including associate professor Dedi Meiri (Israel); Dr Sue Sisley, Dr Peter Grinspoon, Dr Dustin Sulak and Dr Annabelle Manalo (all from the US); Sarah Flogan RN and Lynda Balneaves RN (both from Canada).

Special guests include Olivia Newton John, John Easterling and Professor Raphael Mechoulam. The event will be MC’d by journalist and TV presenter Helen Kapalos, who made medicinal cannabis documentary A Life of Its Own in 2016.

For more information on Symposium, email lucy.haslam@uic.org.au.