There is an urgent need for poisoning data to inform research and responses in a diverse range of areas, including drug safety, product safety, suicide & injury prevention, and paediatric poisonings.
The four Australian Poisons Information Centres (PICs) take more than 200,000 calls annually, providing a national service to healthcare professionals and the public. This project will create a real-time, secure Australian PIC dataset. Data entered by poisons specialists and clinical toxicologists including exposure, demographic, clinical and advice details will form a clinical record database, but also be a vital tool for public health surveillance and research. The national PIC dataset will cover the entirety of poisons centre data in Australia from all four PICs and eight jurisdictions.
Who is this project for?
- Research organisations
- Government organisations
- Poison Information Centres
- Pharmaceutical and industrial chemical companies
What does this project enable?
The current PIC databases are not harmonised, and thus providing national data is labour intensive, involving four separate database extractions, and combining data with different fields and minimum data sets. A harmonised national PIC dataset will enable researchers to have more efficient and timely access to national PIC data, including the possibility of national data linkage with other Commonwealth data assets (e.g. PBS/MBS data, coronial data).