Clinical Toxicology: Plants and Animals

Course code EPID6640Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Teaches the practical clinical assessment and management of poisoning from common plant and animal toxins. This includes an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of toxin delivery and toxicity.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesOn completion, students will:
(a) Understand the principles of risk assessment for assessment for poisonings from plants and animals;
(b) Understand the treatment options for specific toxin exposures.
ContentThe teaching will be based around clinical problems supported by monographs and key literature. It will specifically deal with Australasian and Asian snake envenoming; Arthropod envenoming, including spiders, scorpions and hymenoptera; Marine envenoming (jellyfish and venomous fish) and marine poisoning (ciguatera, pufferfish and shellfish poisoning). Plant poisoning will include cardiotoxic, neurotoxic and cytotoxic plants, and mushroom poisoning.
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will be required to complete ongoing assessments via the Blackboard teaching platform.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term