Australian Poisoning Surveillance Initiative Databank

Boosting public health research with a national poisoning dataset.
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Who will benefit
Researchers, researcher organisations, government organisations, poison information centres, pharmaceutical and industrial chemical companies

The Challenge

Australia’s 4 poisons information centres (PICs) receive more than 200,000 calls a year, however their databases are not coordinated, making the compilation of national data labour intensive and complex. The challenge is to harmonise the PIC datasets, to provide a national service to healthcare professionals and the public.

Improving access to poisoning data will inform research as well as accurate and timely responses to drug and product safety, suicide and injury prevention and paediatric poisonings.

The Response

A national PIC dataset will be developed covering the entirety of poisons centre data in Australia from all 4 PICs and 8 jurisdictions. 

Detailed data on each poisoning call will be standardised and captured in a secure application to deliver an Australian PIC dataset that includes exposure, demographic, clinical and advice details, all vital tools for public health surveillance and research. Formalised governance and access procedures will provide users with clarity and ensure timely access to the data.

Who Will Benefit

Researchers and government agencies will benefit from more efficient and timely access to real time, harmonised national PIC data to inform poisons research and public health responses.

The Partners

Our partners are:

  • NSW Poisons Information Centre
  • Victorian Poisons Information Centre
  • Queensland Poisons Information Centre
  • Western Australian Poisons Information Centre
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • University of Sydney.

Target Outcomes

This project will give researchers more efficient and timely access to national PIC data through a new Australian poisoning dataset.

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January 2021 to June 2023

Current Phase

In progress

ARDC Co-investment


Project lead

University of Sydney