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Melbourne snakebite expert to lead WHO working group

Improving health systems in remote areas and providing access to antivenom supplies are group’s goals

David Williams, a University of Melbourne clinical toxinologist, has been appointed chair of a World Health Organization working group that will develop a global strategy for snakebite treatment and research.

Williams heads the university’s Australian Venom Research Unit and helped set up Papua New Guinea’s first snakebite treatment centre at Port Moresby general hospital. He also worked with local doctors and health workers to set up a snakebite research centre at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

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