Dr Michael Downes

Dr Michael Downes (MB, ChB, FACEM) Senior Staff Specialist


Dr Michael Downes has been involved extensively in research for a number of years, mostly as part of the highly productive hunter area toxicology service (HATS) team. The department has as a whole has made a very substantial contribution to the toxicology literature on an international level with a number of descriptive studies across different types of exposures and in pioneering research into acetyl cysteine dosing in paracetamol poisoning. Michael has also been an author on a number of publications researching the management of the behaviourally disturbed, drug intoxicated patient in the emergency department.


Emergency Medicine / Clinical Toxicology

Research Areas

Poisoning in different groups who consult HATS eg children, adolescents, and those who present to rural facilities.

Publications / Achievements

The HATS database has been in operation for more than 30 years and underwent some significant changes in 2014. These changes have given us access to populations whom we consult on but previously had no data on. A description of our database changes and current methodology was published in late 2019 and is available here : https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15563650.2019.1674322

More information about Dr Michael Downes’ academic achievements and publications can be found here:


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