National Allergy Strategy plea for government funding

Australia has one of the highest rates of allergic diseases in the world.

Despite some funding from the Australian Government, we must do more. A five year, whole of health approach is needed to combat the rise in allergic diseases and to improve the health and quality of life of those living with allergic diseases, through a range of strategies.

The National Allergy Strategy has submitted an election plea for funding to all major political parties. We need to show Australian politicians that allergy is an important issue that affects the lives of many Australians.

If allergy impacts on your life, or the life of a family member or friend, please support the National Allergy Strategy's $20 million election plea by signing this petition and sharing it with family and friends to sign as well.

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The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), as the leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia, have developed the first National Allergy Strategy for Australia, in collaboration with other stakeholder organisations.

Latest Projects

Implementing the National Allergy Strategy

implementing the NAS

Development of the National Allergy Strategy has enabled the identification of strategies to improve and optimise the management of allergic disease and help prevent food allergy where possible.

We continue to increase awareness of allergic disease nationwide in line with our mission to improve the health and wellbeing, and therefore the quality of life of individuals with allergic conditions and those who care for them.

Food allergy prevention project

Nip Allergies in the Bub

The National Allergy Strategy received funding from the Australian government to implement a food allergy prevention project based on the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention. 

The pilot phase of this project has now been launched and the Nip allergies in the Bub website has been created. See the website at www.preventallergies.org.au. You can learn more about the project and the pilot phase now.

Food service in hospitals project

Food For Hospital Patients

Now available! We have worked with key stakeholders to develop resources for hospitals and other institutions to assist with safe food provision for people with food allergy. Food allergy and intolerance policy and audit tool templates have been developed along with a food allergy and intolerance ingredient substitution table. A Food Allergy and intolerances Menu Assessment Tool for dietitians has been developed in partnership with the Dietitians Association of Australia.

National Allergy Strategy News

  • The Australian Greens support major funding for the National Allergy Strategy

    10 April 2019:  The one in five Australians1 who live with chronic and potentially life-threatening allergic diseases will have access to vital resources thanks to today’s announcement that the Australian Greens are pledging $20 million funding to the National Allergy Strategy.  The National Allergy Strategy exists to improve the health and quality of life of...
  • World Allergy Week 2019

    As part of World Allergy Week 2019, we encourage anyone who is affected by allergy to support the National Allergy Strategy's $20 million election plea to all major political parties, for long-term funding of National Allergy Strategy initiatives. You can show your support by signing a petition and sharing it with family and friends.  This petition is open until 13 April...
  • Crisis in the Care of Allergic Patients in Australia

    5 April 2019:  Australia has among the highest allergy rates in the world[i] Life threatening food allergy rates have doubled in ten years[ii] Allergy deaths have increased by 42% over six yearsii Australia has a shortage of allergy specialists and health professionals with allergy expertise, particularly in rural or remote areas Children are being sent home from health...
  • National Allergy Strategy Election Platform

    21 March 2019:  With a federal election anticipated within the next 2-3 months of 2019, the National Allergy Strategy has submitted an election platform to all major political parties. NAS Election platform 20-03-19161.91 KB The National Allergy Strategy is grateful for the funding it has received to date from the Australian Government Department of Health. Almost 2 million...
  • 250K Video Competition – ENTRIES NOW OPEN

    8 March 2019:  A 2016 youth survey conducted by the National Allergy Strategy showed that 50% of respondents felt as though they couldn't carry their EpiPen® during social occasions as the device is too bulky, and doesn't fit in a clutch or pocket.  It can be difficult, or even embarrassing to carry an EpiPen® around when out with friends, but it's important to always h...

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National Allergy Strategy Rationale

Allergic diseases have become an increasingly important chronic disease and public health issue in Australia and other developed countries over the last two decades, contributing to increased demand for medical services, significant economic cost of care and reduced quality of life of people with allergic diseases and their carers.

National Allergy Strategy Websites

All about Allergens
All about Allergens

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Food Allergy Education
Food Allergy Education

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Nip Allergies in the Bub

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Lead organisations

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Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is the leading medical organisation for allergy in Australia. 

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Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is the leading patient organisations for allergy in Australia. 

The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian Government for the following projects:
Food allergy prevention | Teens and young adults | Food service | Drug allergy

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