Vic CPD Event – Snakes: Behaviour, Toxinology and Bite Management

CPD event review


Snakes: Behaviour, Toxinology and Bite Management

Guest speakers

Geoff Coombe, Rudy Della-Flora and Chris Cotton.


Tuesday 13 December.


Wimmera Base Hospital, Horsham (Victoria).

Approximately 30 people – made up of paramedics, nurses and students (including from Bordertown in South Australia 150 km away!) – attended the Snakes: Behaviour, Toxinology and Bite Management CPD event held at the Wimmera Base Hospital in Horsham.

The highly successful event was a dual collaboration between the PA Victoria and South Australia chapters, and was sponsored by Seqirus.

The local paper attended and our speakers also did a live segment for ABC Western Victoria.

There was plenty of audience interaction with the snakes as the picture suggests!

About the presenters

Geoff Coombe and Rudy Della-Flora

Geoff and Rudy formed the Adelaide Snake Catchers (ASC) in 1986 as a result of community concern about snakes in metropolitan Adelaide. They have held numerous snake awareness sessions as well as public displays at the Royal Adelaide Show and many other events over the years. Training courses have been held every year since 1993 to government agencies, mining companies and numerous other clients in most parts of the country.

In more recent years they have assisted Chris Cotton of the SA Ambulance Service with many educational sessions in Adelaide and 10 country South Australian locations.

Chris Cotton

Chris is an intensive care paramedic and Clinical Support Officer with SA Ambulance Service. He has worked for SAAS for 28 years, and over the past 15 years has developed a side interest in snakebite management after working with Geoff Coombe and his friends. Chris completed the International Short Course in Clinical Toxinology in 2012, which opened his eyes as to just how little he really knows about the wonderful and fascinating world of toxinology.