Dr Graham Gulbransen | Bio

FRNZCGP FAChAM MB ChB, Dip Obs, PG Dip MedSc (Addiction)


I worked as a Senior Medical Officer at the Auckland Community Alcohol and Drugs Services (CADS) 1996 – 2012. I have a Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM), completed in 2008. I have considerable experience with opioid substitution treatment, especially methadone maintenance, and in medical detoxification, especially from alcohol and benzodiazepines.

My part time general practice experience dates from 1983. Much of this work involves assessing and managing addictions and/or chronic pain. Since 1999 I have been a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practice (FRNZCGP).

In 1980 I completed my training at Auckland Medical School (MB ChB). For 15 years I worked as a GP-obstetrician (Dip Obs). I attended 1000 births from 1982 to 1997. More than 200 of these were planned home births.

A change of direction in 1996 lead to the completion of my Post Graduate Diploma of Medical Science with a focus on addiction studies.


My Medicinal Cannabis Presentations

  • 30/04/19 Webinar for health professionals, Goodfellow Unit, The place for medicinal cannabis and how to prescribe
  • 09/04/19 Medicinal cannabis prescribing, Balmoral GP Peer Review Group, Auckland
  • 07/04/19 Medicinal cannabis prescribing, Australasian Integrative Medical Association, Auckland
  • 23//03/19 Medical Cannabis Symposium, Tweed Heads, Australia
  • 15/03/19 PHARMAC Medicinal Cannabis Seminar, Wellington
  • 26/02/19 Review of 400 CBD Prescriptions. NCC (National Cannabinoid Clinics), Sydney Download CBD AUDIT 2018 PDF
  • 26/11/18 Assessing the regulatory and practical issues surrounding the use of medicinal cannabis in healthcare, Medical & Elder Law Conference, Auckland
  • 05/11/18 Poster for the abstract below declared winning poster at the APSAD Conference Poster Awards in the senior category
  • 01/11/18 Medicinal Cannabis For Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Insomnia & Opioid Overuse: Review Of My First 200 Cannabidiol Prescriptions In Aotearoa New Zealand.  Drug and Alcohol Review (November 2018), 37 (Suppl. 3), S36
  • 15/10/18 Medicinal cannabis, Palliative Care trainees
  • 28/08/18 Medicinal cannabis, U3A Titirangi
  • 28/07/18 Medicinal cannabis, RNZCGP, Auckland
  • 30/06/18 Medical marijuana-what GPs need to know, RNZCGP Blenheim
  • 07/06/18 Medicinal Cannabis, with Prof Caldicott, Rotorua NZMA GP CME
  • 17/05/18 Addiction Continuing Education, CADS doctors & pharmacists
  • 21/04/18 Hemp Medicine 101
  • 14/04/18 AIMA: Australasian Integrative Medical Association
  • 25/03/18 Goodfellow Symposium, co-presenter Dr Giresh Kanji, Pain Specialist
  • 03/03/18 Medicinal cannabis public meeting Ruatoria and Tikitiki
  • 18/11/17 Hemp Medicine 101
  • 18/10/17 GPEP – GP trainees
  • Oct/Nov  Presentations to 7 GP CME groups
  • 17/08/17 Addiction Continuing Education, CADS doctors & pharmacists
  • 11/08/17 Medicinal cannabis 101, Christchurch NZMA GP CME
  • 07/08/17 Medicinal cannabis, Procare GPs
  • 11/06/17 Medical Marijuana – Sorry no samples, Rotorua NZMA GP CME
  • 07/06/17 GPEP – GP trainees
  • 17/11/16 Addiction Continuing Education, CADS doctors & pharmacists
  • 27/05/05 Cannabis presentation to Biology of Addictions course

My Medicinal Cannabis Training

  • 07/04/19 Australasian Integrative Medical Association Conference, Auckland
  • 22-24 March'19 Medicinal Cannabis Symposium, Tweed Heads, Australia
  • 21/03/19 Medicinal Cannabis Course, Tweed Heads, Australia
  • 15/03/19 PHARMAC Medicinal Cannabis Seminar, Wellington
  • 26/02/19 NCC (National Cannabinoid Clinics), Sydney
  • 27/11/18 Oils Ain’t Oils, The Medicinal Cannabis Debate Evidence, Practice & Hype. HealthEd webinar
  • 08/06/18 Novel Psychotropic Substances, Prof David Caldicott, GP CME
  • 07/06/18 Medicinal Cannabis, Prof David Caldicott, Rotorua NZMA GP CME
  • 29/05/18 Prof Michelle Glass, cannabis biochemistry update
  • 19&20 May'18: Medical Cannabis Education, Melbourne
  • 12&13 May'18: Hemp Health & Innovation Expo, Sydney
  • 14/04/18 Australasian Integrative Medical Association, Justin Sinclair
  • 14/02/18 Medicinal cannabis training, NZ Drug Foundation
  • 18/11/17 Hemp Medicine 101
  • 13/11/17 APSAD Conference, Prof Nick Lintzeris
  • Nov 2017 www.functionalforum.com/medical-cannabis-2017
  • 02/11/17 www...cannabinoids-pain-management-giresh-kanji
  • 23–25 June'17 Medicinal Cannabis Symposium (United in Compassion)
  • 22/06/17 The First Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course, Melbourne
  • 24-26 March'17 International Medicine in Addiction Conference
  • Nov 2016 APSAD Conference, Prof Nick Lintzeris

My Media Interviews & Reports

  • 14/04/19 Spinal cord injury’s cruel irony: Loss of function, influx of pain, NZ Doctor
  • 26/02/19 Medicinal cannabis radio interview, ABC, Illawarra
  • 26/02/19 Medicinal cannabis radio interview, ABC, Adelaide
  • 13/12/18 Govt hits synthetic drugs – enforcement and treatment, NZ Doctor online
  • 12/12/18 Known unknowns of medicinal cannabis reform spark hope and worry, NZ Doctor online
  • 10/12/18 No denying the power of N=1 says GP researching cannabidiol efficacy, NZ Doctor online
  • 30/11/18 Cannabis Corner interview on George FM
  • 22/11/18 NZ Doctor: GPs surveyed on medicinal cannabis knowledge
  • 12/10/18 Video interview with David Holden, oncology naturopath
  • 13/08/18 Video interview with Dr Shane Reti MP
  • 23/05/18 New Zealand Doctor: ‘Auckland GP asks for ‘fearless’ recommendations on cannabis
  • 22/05/18 Attitude Pictures filming
  • 14/05/18 The Rock, 90.2FM
  • 24/03/18 Newshub, TV3
  • 23/03/18 New Zealand Doctor: ‘...the college [RNZCGP] appears to be taking a conservative position that doesn’t acknowledge the low risk of harm.’
  • 11/03/18 The Hui, TV3
  • 07/03/18 New Zealand Doctor: ‘...favoured a more radical proposal...[than NZMA]’
  • 14/02/18 New Zealand Doctor: ‘Government’s proposed law changes do not meet the needs of patients…’
  • 06/02/18 Western Leader (Stuff.co.nz) cover story, ‘Meet our cannabis doctor’
  • 02/02/18 Stuff.co.nz, Medicinal cannabis centre set to open in West Auckland
  • 31/01/18 New Zealand Doctor: cover picture and story, Buzz Lightyear Award
  • 12/11/17 TV1 News
  • 18/10/17 Newshub, TV3
  • 03/07/17 Stuff.co.nz, Dying Kiwis become criminals as they turn to medicinal cannabis
  • 14/06/17 NZ Herald online, Cannabis reaches new high at GP conference