Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
The Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology provides an inpatient service for the management of patients with deliberate, recreational, accidental or other self poisoning and envenomation. The department provides a consultative service for therapeutic related problems, and combines with Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, as well as The Hunter Area Toxicology Service to manage patients with adverse drug reactions and deliberate self harm. The team maintains a substantial commitment to undergraduate and post graduate teaching, and an active research programme, as well as contributions to the National Poisons Information Centre Roster. The department assists with the promotion of the rational use of drug therapy and established and runs an international collaboration of online toxicological information and teaching resources at Wikitox. Departmental research ranges from basic laboratory all the way through to translational research, which facilitates implementation of findings into the clinic. The research laboratory is directed by Prof Geoff Isbister, a world leader in the field of toxicology, whose research into snake envenomation has led to substantial changes in clinical treatment practices throughout Australia.