• all about allergens
  • 250K teen and young adult website
  • Food Service Project
  • Drug Allergy Project
  • National Allergy Strategy

National Allergy Strategy at the 2017 ASCIA Conference

ASCIA NAS posters

22 September 2017

The National Allergy Strategy presented three posters at the recent ASCIA Conference held in New Zealand at the Viaduct Events Centre from Wednesday 12th to Friday 15th September.

This conference was a great success, with more than 550 registrations, an outstanding program and a spectacular venue located on the stunning Waitematā Harbour in Auckland. In all s total of 92 posters were displayed.

The NAS posters are: 

  • 50K – A Youth Allergy Awareness Project by the National Allergy Strategy
  • Addressing food allergy in food service – the National Allergy Strategy Food Service Project
  • Preventing the development of food allergy – Implementing new ASCIA Guidelines for infant feeding.

PDF downloads of the posters are available here.

National Allergy Strategy launches free online training for food service

Food allergy training All about Allergens17 July 2017

In response to engagement with key stakeholders in the food service industry, a free online training course has been launched by the National Allergy Strategy, a partnership between Australia’s peak allergy bodies, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).

The All about Allergens online training available via a National Allergy Strategy website - www.foodallergytraining.org.au -  provides access to training that is fast, easy and free. The comprehensive program provides need to know information relevant for those in the food service industry and is presented using videos and interactive activities.

The All about Allergens online course contains five units.  Each unit include video information and interactive activities.  The final unit includes a final quiz, which on successful completion, allows participants to print a certificate.

The course addresses the following information:

  • Food allergen risks for allergic consumers  
  • The most common food allergens
  • Safe food preparation for allergic customers
  • Safe food storage for allergic customers
  • Communicating about allergy causing foods with other staff
  • Communicating about allergy causing foods with suppliers
  • Communicating about allergy causing foods with customers
  • What to do if a customer has an allergic reaction
  • Useful websites for more information

David Curley, Mikayla Caldon, Kirsten Grinter, Sandra Vale, Maria Said, Alex Herbert, Richard Loh

At launch function from left to right: David Curley, Mikayla Caldon, Kirsten Grinter, Sandra Vale, Maria Said, Alex Herbert, A/P Richard Loh

250K – an information hub for teens and young adults with severe allergies

250K image for news26 June 2017

The new website - ‘250K – A hub for the 250,000 young Australians living with severe allergies’ www.250K.org.au - aims to provide age-appropriate information and resources to assist young people who are living with severe allergies, and to help them to feel more connected with other teens and young adults going through similar experiences in a fun but informative way.

With a fun and cutting-edge look and feel, the new 250K website was designed by young people for young people. It has a strong focus on interactivity and functions more like an App, allowing young people to share information with their friends in novel ways, such as using avatars. Importantly, it allows young people to share their thoughts on a range of topics anonymously. The 250K website is also supported by a slide set that schools will be able to access to help increase awareness about severe allergies.

This project has received funding from the Australian Government.

Drug allergy project update

Drug allergy project update

26 April 2017

The drug allergy scoping work is almost complete.  

A report of the consultation undertaken to date has been submitted to the Australian Department of Health. 

Engagement with key stakeholders such as the Australian Digital Health Agency will continue until the project completion in June 2017.

Food service project update

Food allergy training all about allergens

17 July 2017

In response to engagement with key stakeholders in the food service industry, a free online training course has been launched by the National Allergy Strategy, a partnership between Australia’s peak allergy bodies, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).

The All about Allergens online training available via a National Allergy Strategy website - www.foodallergytraining.org.au -  provides access to training that is fast, easy and free. The comprehensive program provides need to know information relevant for those in the food service industry and is presented using videos and interactive activities.

The All about Allergens online course contains five units. 

  • Unit 1: A visit from the Environmental Health Officer
  • Unit 2: Avoiding cross contamination
  • Unit 3: Menus and labels
  • Unit 4: Talking to customers
  • Unit 5: When something goes wrong

Each unit include video information and interactive activities.  The final unit includes a final quiz, which on successful completion, allows participants to print a certificate.

A free downloadable booklet which supports the online training is also available as well as links to other credible websites.

Food allergy educationA community education website (a quick go to hub for top line information on management) has also been developed for people with food allergy and their carers – www.foodallergyeducation.org.au 

 

 

 

 

 

Rationale for the
National Allergy Strategy

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. 

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Lead Organisations

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The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) are the leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia. 
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Support

The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian Government for the following projects:

• Drug allergy

• Teens and young adults

• Food service