Researcher

Associate Professor Betty Shuk Han Chan

My Expertise

Emergency Physician & head of Toxicology Unit at Prince of Wales Hospital.

VMO Toxicologist for the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre

Area of research interest & expertise: 

1) Digoxin Overdose and Response to Antibody (DORA)

2) Dihydropyridine Toxicity Project (DTP)

3) Methotrexate Intoxication & Antidote (MIA).

4) Safe Opioid Use & Prescription (SOUP)

5) Developing & validating clinical decision rules in non-traumatic CT head.

6) Herbicide toxicity: paraquat, bromoxynil, MCPA.

7) Acute behaviour Disturbance Treatment: Droperidol OR Midazolam II study (DORM II).

8) Sodium channel blocker toxicity

9) Lithium poisoning.

10) Cognitive assessment post overdose

11) Cognitive assessment following shift work amongst medical personnel
 

Biography

Current appointment

· Head of Clinical Toxicology Unit, clinical toxicologist, Prince of Wales Hospital.

· Emergency Physician, Prince of Wales Hospital.

· VMO Toxicologist, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. NSW Poisons Information Centre.

· Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales. 

· Associate editor, Clinical Toxicology.

 

Teaching

· She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Emergency...view more

Current appointment

· Head of Clinical Toxicology Unit, clinical toxicologist, Prince of Wales Hospital.

· Emergency Physician, Prince of Wales Hospital.

· VMO Toxicologist, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. NSW Poisons Information Centre.

· Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales. 

· Associate editor, Clinical Toxicology.

 

Teaching

· She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Emergency Department at Prince of  Wales Hospital and University of New South Wales 

· At Prince of Wales Hospital, the clinical toxicology unit provide a 6-month comprehensive weekly toxicology teaching. 


My Grants

The Inspiring Ideas Challenge for 2017 on the ONE study, "Overdose and take home Naloxone in Emergency settings." 


My Qualifications

MBBS, FACEM, PhD, MDiv.


My Awards

2016 John Gilroy Potts Award at the ACEM conference in recognition of the paper “‘The Safety and Effectiveness of Droperidol for Sedation of Acute Behavioural Disturbance in the Emergency Department’ that was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine 2015.  (Leonie Calver; Colin B. Page, MBChB; Michael A. Downes, MBBS; Betty Chan, MBBS, PhD; Frances Kinnear, MBBS; Luke Wheatley, MBBS; David Spain, MBBS; Geoffrey Kennedy Isbister, MD, BSc)

2019 Best Scientific presentation at the 39th Congress of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) on a paper entitled "Using EXTRIP criteria as indications for Extracorporeal Treatment in Lithium Poisoning."


My Research Activities

She is one of the chief investigators involved in a multi-centre research project titled ‘Australian Toxicology Monitoring’ (ATOM) Study that was commenced in 2013. The ATOM study looks at the pharmacokinetics and dynamics of drugs in poisoning. She is the principal investigator of the following studies:

 

  1. Digoxin Overdose and Response to Antibody (DORA)

  2. Dihydropyridine Toxicity Project (DTP).

  3. SODium Channel blockers and Alkalinisation (SODA)

  4. Post Overdose Trail Test Study (POTTS)

· In 2014, She joined the ‘Translational Australian Clinical Toxicology’ (TACT) program that was coordinated by Professor Nicholas Buckley. It is a multi-disciplinary collaboration from Australian and overseas researchers and the program is a recipient of the NHMRC grant. Numerous publications were produced from this program.

· She has been involved in supervising Independent Learning Project (ILP) and Honours students since 2015 which have led to a number of presentations and publications.

· She supervise Masters student(Medicine) in clinical research.


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Past ILP /Honours Research Projects:

1) Physiological modelling on digoxin poisoning,

2) Dihydropyridine with and without angiotensin antagonist poisoning,

3) Seasonal and climate effect on Lithium toxicity, effect of age on lithium toxicity, criteria for haemodialysis for lithium poisoning,

4) Use of alkalinisation in sodium channel blocker poisonings,

5) Safe opioid use and prescription in the Emergency Department

6) Clinical decision rule in non-traumatic CT brain,

7) Cognitive function and shift work amongst health officers using the Trail Making Test.


Currently supervising

The current ILP student looks at Prisoner presentation to the Emergency Department.

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Location

Emergency Department, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker St, Randwick, 2031.

Contact

61293822911
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Publications

by Associate Professor Betty Shuk Han Chan