This page will answer general questions regarding the 2019 Clinical Toxinology short course 2019.

Who is this course designed for?

Primarily for doctors requiring detailed and practical information on snakebite, spiderbite, scorpion stings, marine envenoming and related topics with a global perspective, as well as an Australian emphasis. It is particularly relevant for those working in emergency medicine or in rural practice, both within and outside Australia. It will provide information of relevance to Australian-based doctors, incorporating all elements of previous Australian Clinical Toxinology Short Courses. However, it will also be relevant to doctors dealing with toxinology throughout the rest of the globe, so remains truely international in scope. Combining both an Australian and international focus is possible because of the commonality of clinical issues. Throughout there will be an emphasis on practical clinical issues and development of clinically relevant skills. It will also be of interest to poisons information pharmacists and graduate nurses in emergency medicine. You should be fluent in English, as no language translation will be available.

When and where is the course held?

The 2019 Course will be held over 8 days (7 days of sessions with an interlude midway on the Sunday); Thursday 12 December – Thursday 19 December, 2019. The venue will be the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

What does the course cover?

The course will cover all major venomous and poisonous animals worldwide, and a selection of the most important poisonous plants and mushrooms/toadstools, with an emphasis on clinical situations. Special emphasis will be on snakes and snakebite, spiders and scorpions bites/stings and marine envenoming/poisoning. The content of the next full course will be similar to that offered in 2017, though with some changes to timetable and faculty.

Is the course accredited in any way?

The course is run under the auspices of the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, as a postgraduate training course. We are seeking formal accreditation of continuing education points with relevant colleges and possible incorporation within some college specialist training schemes.

How many people can attend the course?

The maximum course capacity is 50 registrants, to ensure a chance for interactions with faculty. Previous courses filled early, so early registration is advisable.

How much does the course cost and how long will it run?

The 2019 Course will be held over 8 days (7 days of sessions with an interlude midway on the Sunday), the last day being a field trip to Venom Supplies, a noted venom producer, where participants can view a wide range of Australian and exotic snakes. The Course fee is Aus $2,500 (incl. 10% GST )

Are there any course “extras”?


Are there any course notes or reading material available prior to the course?

We produce a Course Handbook which will be provided in electronic form (USB flash drive) at the commencement of the course (over 500 pages). Prior to the Course we will send out brief notes, including recommended textbooks and reading list. You are still strongly advised to take notes during all sessions.

What sort of practical clinical sessions are included?

The program includes a number of interactive sessions discussing “clinical evolving problems” (CEPs) to develop registrant’s understanding of clinical skills in toxinology and test those skills in a group setting. These are all based on real patients contributed by faculty members, drawn from their own clinical experience.

Is there any formal evaluation of my performance on the course?

Yes! Faculty will be evaluating all registrants on their interactions, especially during the clinical evolving problem sessions. There will be a written examination at the end of the course.

Is there any Course brochure?

A brochure will be available to download here.


Is there any accommodation available?

Yes, plenty! We are not able to provide accommodation; you must organise this yourself, but it should be easy. As for the 2017 course, there may be an opportunity to arrange economical accomodation in University colleges close to the course venue (details to be advised later).

There are also a number of hotels/motels close to the hospital in North Adelaide, as well as many more in the nearby city centre, a short walk away. Check for details. Also many shops and places to eat.

How do I get to the hospital?

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is situated on the northern fringe of the city centre (CBD), with several bus routes immediately adjacent and taxi fare from the city centre would generally be only a few dollars. Adelaide’s airport is several km from the city centre, but there are buses and taxis readily available. If coming by rail, the main station is on the northern margin of the city centre, so only about 15 minutes walk from the hospital.

What is the weather like in Adelaide in November/December?

Variable! It will be early summer, so maximums vary from 18C to 35C+ (mostly in 20’s to low 30’s), mostly dry, but some rainy days.

Is there a course dinner?

Yes, date, venue and cost to be confirmed.


To enrol in the Course:

Download Enrolment Form (fillable PDF).

Fill out the enrolment form and return your completed form to OR fax to +61-8-81618024.

A secure online system for payment of registration fees by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX) is available using the University of Adelaide Online Shop. Once your enrolment is confirmed, we will send you details for making payment online, and to secure your place in the the Course you must promptly pay the prescribed Course registration fee by this method (minimum deposit of Aus $550 incl. GST is required). Full payment is required by October 1st, 2019

Cancellation must be made at least ten (10) weeks prior to commencement of the course to ensure refund of any regitration fees paid (see below for full cancellation and refund terms and conditions).

Payment details:

Once your enrolment is confirmed, we will send you details for making payment online. Please indicate on the enrolment form how much you wish to pay at this time: 

(1) Deposit only (Aus $550 incl. GST) OR
(2) Full course fee (Aus $2500 incl. GST). 

To secure your place in the the Course you must promptly pay the prescribed Course registration fee by this method.


Please contact the Course Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. Julian White (Email), fax +61-8-8161 8024 if you have any enquiries about the Course.

Clinical Toxinology Short Course
Assoc. Professor Julian White
Toxinology Dept.
Women’s & Children’s Hospital
North Adelaide SA 5006

Cancellation and Refund Terms & Conditions:

If the course is cancelled your fee will be refunded in full. Otherwise cancellation must be made at least ten (10) weeks prior to commencement of the course to ensure refund of any registration fees paid. Refunds will NOT be available for non-attendance without adequate notification. If you decide to cancel your registration after October 1st, 2019, your course fee will NOT be refunded unless there are extenuating circumstances . In this case, you may apply for a refund of the registration fee, but it may still not be be refunded or may only be partially refunded, depending on the prevailing factors at that time.