ANU Medical School
ANU College of Health and Medicine
Associate Professor David Caldicott is based at the ANU Medical School and Clinical Lead of Pill Testing Australia.
He is a full-time emergency consultant, working in Canberra. He is the clinical lead for Pill Testing Australia and CanTEST, Australia’s only government-endorsed festival and fixed-site drug-checking services, respectively.
His research interests include novel and emerging illicit drugs, as well as exotic poisonings and overdoses, and systems for monitoring changes in the illicit drugs market.
Associate Professor Caldicott is actively involved in disaster response to natural, accidental and deliberate man-made disasters, and has a specialist in interest mass casualty incidents, and their management and mitigation. He is applying this to the management of the consequences of climate change, particularly in the Australian context.
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17 April 2023
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8 February 2023
Australia’s first government-sanctioned drug-checking service CanTEST has issued its inaugural ‘red alert’, the highest level of warning, following…
5 January 2023
What happens when drug testing experts come across a substance they have never seen before? An ANU expert…
7 December 2022
Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have detected a mysterious new recreational drug not seen in Australia…
19 October 2022
Australia’s first government pill-testing service, CanTEST Health and Drug Checking, opened in Canberra in July for a six-month…
29 August 2022
Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have released results from Australia’s first government-backed pill testing service, including…
25 August 2022
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