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.
The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian government to implement a food allergy prevention project based on the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention. This project will be informed by National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting (IFIM) held in March 2017, which engaged key stakeholder organisations to guide the implementation process.
For the food service project, we are working with key stakeholders to develop resources for hospitals and other institutions to assist with safe food provision for people with food allergy. Food allergy policy and audit tool templates are being developed. A food allergy menu assessment tool for dietitians is being developed in partnership with the Dietitians Association of Australia.
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.
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is the leading medical organisation for allergy in Australia.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is the leading patient organisations for allergy in Australia.