National Snakebite Management Course
Port Moresby, NCD


The AVRU-UPNG National Snakebite Management Course took place from 11-15 September 2006.

The courses run each year at various locations around PNG, with the aim of teaching correct snakebite first aid, diagnosis and treatment, to health care workers, ranging from primary care officers (from plantation clinics and rural aid posts) to nurses and doctors (from provincial hospitals) and emergency department personal at Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH). The largest of these is the 5-day National Snakebite Management Course at the UPNG, Dept of Medicine, Taurama Campus.

Port Moresby General Hospital.

I was invited to deliver the second PowerPoint presentation on the distribution, identification and natural history of PNG’s medically important venomous snakes, following Dave's talk on the epidemiology of snakebite in New Guinea.

Dave and Mark prepare their presentations.
Mark introducing the snakes of PNG.
... and moving onto the venomous species.

Other specialists such as Simon Jensen and Ken Winkel, gave presentations on their specialist areas.

An array of live venomous snakes in cages were available for students of examine with a few nonvenomous species such as the New Guinea ground boa (Candoia aspera) available for handling.

Both venomous and nonvenomous species on show generated a lot of interest.