Clinical Toxicology: Plants and Animals

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Learning Outcomes

On 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.


The 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
Transition Not Applicable
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Students will be required to complete ongoing assessments via the Blackboard teaching platform.
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EPID6640
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