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CSL-Clinicians Guide to Australian Venomous Bites & Stings

A Clinician’s Guide to Australian Venomous Bites and Stings, incorporating the updated CSL Antivenom Handbook, has been sponsored as a service to the healthcare profession by Seqirus.

This 2013 guide is an updated, comprehensive and practical handbook that presents current best practice in the management of envenoming in Australia. It has been re-authored by Associate Professor Julian White and reviewed by a panel of expert peers.

The contents represent a compilation of A/Prof White’s clinical experience and that of his peers alongside research evidence (published and unpublished, including discussions with colleagues at scientific meetings). Any clinical information and recommendations in this handbook are relevant to Australian venomous fauna only and should not be applied to envenoming by non-Australian organisms. Specifically, although the venomous fauna in Papua New Guinea are similar to that of Australia, there are important differences, particularly with regards to snake fauna.

The purpose of this handbook is to educate and assist clinicians in the emergency management of cases of envenoming and in the appropriate use of antivenom therapy when clinically indicated. The primary intention is to guide the clinician towards current understanding of clinical best practice.

A downloadable PDF version (4.2MB) of the new handbook is available here (or click on the cover image on the right).

Doctors and medical institutions may also contact Seqirus ( formerly bioCSL ) at the following address for a free printed copy:

Seqirus (Australia) Pty Ltd
63 Poplar Road
Victoria 3052, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9389 2000
Fax: +61 3 9389 1434


The previous web version of the CSL Antivenom Handbook (Second Edition, 2001) is still available. Please note that this version is not current, and is provided for historical interest only.