Medical Cannabis

Medicinal Cannabis Consultation

Dr. Joanna Gutfranska is committed to providing holistic and the highest level of care to her patients. She now offers medicinal cannabis consultations in Hocking Medical Centre to allow patients to have access to medicinal cannabis.

Dr. Joanna is an Authorised Prescriber so patients do not need referrals and will not have to wait for the SAS approval to obtain the prescription.



What is Medicinal Cannabis:

Medicinal cannabis refers to the use of pharmaceutical products (or medicines) using the cannabis plant or chemicals contained within it to treat medical conditions.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requires strict certification of all medicinal cannabis products produced in and imported into Australia.
The product prescribed by the doctors and dispensed from the pharmacy are formulated securely with quality assurance being regulated.


The main chemicals used are cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9-tetrahydrocannbinol (THC). THC is a psychotropic cannabinoid compound known for its analgesic, antiemetic, antispasmodic, and psychotropic effects. CBD is a non-psychotropic compound known for its anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antianxiety, and sedation effects. Conditions medicinal cannabis & CBD oil may be beneficial for

There are many common medical conditions where medicinal cannabis may provide benefits.

For detailed clinical guidance about these conditions, please refer to Australian Government Department of Health TGA Guidance for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia <>



Many chronic conditions may benefit from implementing medicinal cannabis treatment, Medicinal cannabis has been most commonly prescribed for:

– Chronic non-cancer pain to improve pain, sleep and neuropathic pain, including Osteoarthritis and other orthopaedic pain
– Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorder, PTSD
– Sleep disorder and Insomnia
– Symptoms related to cancer or cancer treatment – Fibromyalgia
– Multiple sclerosis to improve pain, muscle spasticity and quality of life
– Epilepsy to reduce seizures and quality of life
– Palliative care for Alzheimer’s disease and advanced cancer symptoms
– Chronic conditions causing nausea and vomiting- Conditions requiring stimulating appetite or increasing oral intake
– Inflammatory conditions
– Rheumatological conditions including inflammatory arthropathy and fibromyalgia
– Neuropathy and chronic nerve pain
– Chronic abdominal conditions including Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis, Irritable bowel disease


Side effects of medicinal cannabis
The risk of severe side effects and the risk of dependency with medicinal cannabis is low. Depending on each individual patient, the type of product and the dosage, there may be potential side effects.


Eligibility Screening
Do you have a chronic condition (lasting more than 3 months) that has been diagnosed by a doctor?
Yes  No
Have you spoken to your regular doctor and tried conventional prescription medication for your condition?
Yes  No
Has the medication been unsuccessful in fully treating your symptoms, or does it cause adverse side effects?

Yes  No

You have to answer YES to all three questions to be eligible for the medicinal cannabis treatment.

How much does medicinal cannabis cost?

The cost of consultation is separate from the cost of the medicinal cannabis product.

The cost of medicinal cannabis can vary depending on the type of product being prescribed, the dose that is required along with pharmacy dispensing fee.

The average cost is likely to be between A$4 to A$10 per day. There is currently no subsidy available from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Some Private Health Funds may provide subsidy for medicinal cannabis. Please check with your health funds directly.


Medicinal cannabis and driving

Driving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offence. THC can be detected in the urine and may take up to five days to clear from the body. Depending on the type and dose of the medicinal cannabis, patients may need to avoid driving or operating machinery while being treated. Please speak to Dr Joanna about this.

Medicinal cannabis consultation fee:

Initial consultation: $250

– Medicare rebate of $75.75 is available for patients seen at the medical centre
– This cost of the fee includes consultation fee and administrative fee for TGA Subsequent consultation: $85

– Medicare rebate is available
– Can be done as Telehealth consultation or Face to Face consultation




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Hocking Medical Centre is a Patients’ Choice 2017 winner ranking number 5 in the Top 100 General Practices in Australia. With over 2,500 general practices listed on HealthEngine this is a huge achievement and a testament to the quality of service we provide to all our patients.

Thank you to all our patients for supporting us!


Meet Our Team




    Dr Jamie Wood is a General Practitioner and has a special interest in chronic illness management, mole checks and minor surgery, Dermatology and Paediatrics as well as general holistic family practice.




    2015 – Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

    2013- Member of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), UK

    Dr  Rado  Tej  is  a  General  Practitioner  and  has  a  special  interest  in  chronic  illness  management,  paediatrics,  mental health,  mole checks and  men’s  health.  He  enjoys  spending  time  with  his  wife  and  two  children  and  is  a  keen  photographer.



    MD, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRACGP(Occ Health). MSC (Food Science)

    Dr Joanna Gutfranska is a General Practitioner and has a special interest in women’s health, children’s health as well as antenatal and post-natal care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children and husband.

  • Mr Clinton Fonceca

    Nurse Practitioner

    Clinton is born and educated here in Perth, WA. He graduated from Curtin University and has practiced since 2009 in primary care. Clinton has a genuine passion for helping patients bridge the gaps in health care and he works with his patients to get the best out of their experience with the team.



    Andrew completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Notre Dame Australia. After spending his first few years following graduation gaining experience at different private practices across Perth, he is now thrilled to settle into his new home in the Pearsall area. He treats all musculoskeletal injuries but due to his love and passion for hockey he has a particular interest in overuse injuries and sporting injuries. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys playing hockey, spending time out on the water either fishing or diving, or exploring what WA has to offer.



    MB Bch BAO (National University of Ireland). MRCGP (England). FRACGP (Australia). Dip of practical dermatology (UK)(DPD). Dip. in the Faculty of Family Planning (DFFP). DP. Derm., DFFP

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    Dr. Pyle received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in Berkeley California. In his 40 years of work in the field of Clinical Psychology he has been among other things, the Clinical Director of Paediatric Services in a California based Psychiatric Hospital, overseen the out of home placement of children and youth for the State of Hawaii and integrated an award winning Mental Health Services program in the school system located on Kauai, Hawaii.

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    With nearly 20 years of clinical experience in Australia and Singapore, Dr Serene Teh is keen to support individuals, who struggle with interpersonal relationships, emotional difficulties, demands of life, stress, traumas and/or grief over losses. Having worked with highly complex and challenging clients in hospitals (general and psychiatric), correction facilities and the community, Dr Teh tailors treatment to each client’s lifestyle, personality and goal(s). Dr Teh coaches clients to develop personal insight and observation, as well as master useful coping skills. Dr Teh’s treatment style is an eclectic combination of Mindfulness based Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, positive psychology and Gestalt. Further, Dr Teh is trained in the use of clinical hypnosis to empower clients’ recovery journeys. With her Chinese heritage, Dr Teh has first hand knowledge and experience of the interactive role of Asian culture on one’s wellbeing.



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Initial Consultation

Dr Joanna Gutfranska is pleased to announce the launch of Faces Cosmetic Clinic at Hocking Medical Centre.
Initial consultation will establish your suitability for anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, during this time our practitioners will develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
Please note that if time permits, treatment discussed during your consultation may proceed, however You are under no obligation to undergo treatment at this time.


We are changing to Mixed Billing from the 1st of February 2022


The majority of our services are still bulk-billed for the following

Children under 16 years of age
Patients with a current Health Care Card
Pension Card Holder
DVA Gold Card Holder




All appointments that are booked from 8 pm onwards (Monday – Friday) and all day Sunday will attract a private fee – regardless of concession & age


Weekday Fees Fee $ Medicare Rebate $
Standard Consultation 80.00 41.20
Long Consultation 120.00 79.70
Telehealth 80.00 41.20


Weekdays before 8am & from 8pm, Saturday from 1pm, ALL day Sunday (AFTERHOURS) Fee $ Medicare Rebate $
Standard Consultation 90.00 53.65
Long Consultation 130.00 92.00


* Medicare rebate can be claimed on-site 

Dear  valued  patients,
We will be increasing our consultation fees that will take effect from  2nd October 2023. 
This decision was made after careful considerations and reviews of our operating costs. We understand that raising our fees is not ideal but it is necessary to continue in providing quality healthcare services to  our patients.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new fees, our reception team will be available to assist you in understanding the cost structure. 
Thank you for your support and understanding.

Unfortunately, due to the rising costs of staff wages, insurances, medical supplies and utilities, grouped with the fact that for many years, Medicare rebates have failed to keep up with the inflation and do not reflect the cost of delivering high-quality general practice services. The cost of running a practice has continued to rise annually. It is financially no longer possible to continue to provide high quality medical service whilst bulk billing all of our patients.


Mission & Vision

Hocking Medical Centre, a health care facility owned and operated by professionals who have a passion for people and quality healthcare.  Our medical centre has been operational since 2013 and are proud to be able to service the surrounding areas and are committed to staying the course towards our vision and mission.

The Vision

To always be a leader in health care and in the way services are accessed by and delivered to the community. We are passionate about people and strive to be innovative and creative in our approach to community development  as we seek to foster life long relationships with each one of our valued patients.

The Mission

The pursuit of our vision by a passion to always keep our patient on center stage and to deliver quality service, engaging strategic partners who share our vision and passion, constantly proceeding from what we do best, and in the process of carrying these out, align the interests of our employees, our professional staff and our shareholders with the interests of those we serve.

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