Western Sydney Health Check

Toxicologist sheds light on Sydney's snakes and spiders

January 28, 2021 Western Sydney Local Health District staff Episode 23
Western Sydney Health Check
Toxicologist sheds light on Sydney's snakes and spiders
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Western Sydney Health Check
Toxicologist sheds light on Sydney's snakes and spiders
Jan 28, 2021 Episode 23
Western Sydney Local Health District staff

Mention Australia to people overseas and one of the first things that comes up is our array of deadly snakes and giant spiders. But how worried should we actually be?

Clinical and forensic toxicologist Professor Naren Gunja joins us on this episode to shed some light on the creepy crawlies found across Sydney.

Naren talks about the death adders, brown snakes and funnel-web spiders you might encounter in Sydney, and shares tips on how to avoid getting bitten.

He also explains the science behind venom and the different, terrifying effects they can have — as well as the Aussie research that's saving lives.

Naren explains what to do if you do get bitten, as well as what not to do, and also why you shouldn't eat wild mushrooms.

If you are worried about something you've eaten, or maybe something that's taken a bite out of you, call the NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26. In an emergency always call Triple Zero (000).

Show Notes

Mention Australia to people overseas and one of the first things that comes up is our array of deadly snakes and giant spiders. But how worried should we actually be?

Clinical and forensic toxicologist Professor Naren Gunja joins us on this episode to shed some light on the creepy crawlies found across Sydney.

Naren talks about the death adders, brown snakes and funnel-web spiders you might encounter in Sydney, and shares tips on how to avoid getting bitten.

He also explains the science behind venom and the different, terrifying effects they can have — as well as the Aussie research that's saving lives.

Naren explains what to do if you do get bitten, as well as what not to do, and also why you shouldn't eat wild mushrooms.

If you are worried about something you've eaten, or maybe something that's taken a bite out of you, call the NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26. In an emergency always call Triple Zero (000).