National Allergy Council Directors

Dr Preeti Joshi (Co-chair and Director)

Dr Preeti Joshi

Co-chair and Director

Dr Preeti Joshi is a paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist. Preeti is a Staff Specialist at the Department of Allergy and Immunology at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

Preeti graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 1990 before completing her specialist training in paediatrics. She was awarded her fellowship in 1997. Preeti completed a PhD in the development of allergy in children before working in New York with Professor Hugh Samson, a world expert in food allergy.

Preeti has an active role in teaching and research in addition to running a busy practice in clinical allergy and immunology. Her special interest includes paediatric food allergy, eczema and allergic rhinitis. She has wide experience in the management of many allergic and immunologic conditions in children. Preeti is also a member of the Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia Medical Advisory Board.

Maria Said AM

Maria Said AM

Co-chair and Director

Maria Said has been a member of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) since 1993. As a volunteer, she became CEO of the organisation in 1999 and then in 2004 she became a paid employee of A&AA. Maria is a registered nurse with experience in emergency and paediatric nursing.

As an advocate for individuals who live with the risk of anaphylaxis, Maria has presented on the recognition, management and emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. She shares information on the mission of the organisation, the consumer perspective and, allergic disease including food allergy and anaphylaxis, to teaching & health professionals, the food industry, federal and state government departments and the Australian community.

Maria is a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and holds a position on several working parties. She has co-authored several publications in medical and food industry journals. Maria is a member of the International Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance Committee and a committee member of the European Academy of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Patient Organisation Committee.

As CEO of A&AA, Maria has been called to assist State Coroners as an expert witness in up to ten inquests or coronial investigations. The unfolding of these investigations has resulted in change throughout Australia.

Dr Melanie Wong

Dr Melanie Wong

Director

Dr Melanie Wong is a Paediatric Allergist, Immunologist and Immunopathologist. She is a senior staff specialist and head of the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Melanie has had longstanding involvement with both the National Allergy Strategy and the National Immunodeficiency Strategy. She is a past President of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).

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Kezia Adams

Director

Kezia joined Allergy &Anaphylaxis Australia's board in 2018 and has been board chair since 2019. She is now one of A&AA's National Allergy Council representative directors.

Kezia is a Melbourne-based lawyer at the law firm Clayton Utz. She has over 12 years’ experience in intellectual property, technology and consumer law matters including both contentious and non-contentious work.  Kezia has also worked as senior legal counsel at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Toyota Australia and Monash University on secondment. Kezia has also managed her office's pro bono program and corporate social responsibility committee.

Kezia joined A&AA's board after becoming aware of its work through her firm's pro bono program and enjoys working with the team to support Australians with allergic disease. She is a mum to two young kids and is passionate about providing evidence-based health information.

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