Project Working Groups

The National Allergy Strategy relies on the volunteer contributions of many people to assist with the development of resources and implementation of projects. We are particularly grateful to the members of working groups who regularly assist. While it is not possible to acknowledge everyone who has contributed their time as a volunteer to the National Allergy Strategy on this website, we are extremely thankful for everyone’s contributions.

Food allergy management in healthcare project working group

  • Ingrid Roche (Project Co-lead, dietitian)
  • Kirsten Grinter (Project Co-lead)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Project Co-lead, dietitian)
  • Maria Said (NAS Co-chair/Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Gary Kennedy (Institute of Hospitality in Health Care)
  • Denise Cruikshank (Dietitian, Queensland Health)
  • Suzanne Kennewell (Dietitians Association of Australia)
  • Janine von Retzlaf (Dietitian, WA private hospital)
  • Lisa Greedy (Residential dietitian, aged care facility NSW)
  • Kylie Hollingshead (Clinical nurse specialist (allergy), NSW Health)
  • Melanie Kuser (Dietitian, private WA hospital)
  • Troy Litzow (Queensland Health)
  • Vicki McWilliam (Paediatric allergy dietitian, VIC Health)
  • Val Noble (Clinical nurse specialist (allergy), WA Health)
  • NAS staff - Heather Roberts, Sandra Vale

250K youth project working group

  • Maria Said (Project Co-lead, NAS Co-chair, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Project Co-lead, allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Melanie Wong (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Robyn Willis (Psychologist)
  • Dr Sandra Salter (Allergy researcher)
  • NAS staff - Sandra Vale, Nyssa Booth, Heather Roberts

My Health Record project working group

  • Dr William Smith (Project Co-lead, clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Karen Wong (Project Co-lead, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Dr Dean Tey (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Pravin Hissaria (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Frank Thien (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Michaela Lucas (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Danny Agnola (Australian Digital Health Agency)
  • Kate Ebrill (CSIRO)
  • NAS staff - Heather Roberts, Sandra Vale

250K youth project – Sydney camp staff and volunteers

  • Maria Said (Project Lead, NAS Co-chair, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Pete Griffiths (Australian Camps Association)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Melanie Wong (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Briony Tyquin (Allergy nurse)
  • Nadi Fernando (Psychologist)
  • 250K Youth Advisory Team
  • NAS staff - Sandra Vale, Nyssa Booth, Rikki Dunstall

250K youth project – Melbourne camp staff and volunteers

  • Maria Said (Project Co-lead, NAS Co-chair, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Merryn Netting (Project Co-lead, allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Preeti Joshi (NAS Co-chair, clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Pete Griffiths (Australian Camps Association)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Dr Melanie Wong (clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Helen Czech (clinical nurse specialist - allergy)
  • Dr Vicki McWilliam (allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Dean Tey (clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Deirdre Brandner (psychologist)
  • NAS staff - Sandra Vale, Nyssa Booth, Heather Roberts, Rikki Dunstall

Nip allergies in the Bub food allergy prevention project- pilot phase

  • Dr Preeti Joshi (NAS Co-chair and Project Co-lead)
  • Maria Said (NAS Co-chair/Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • A/Prof Richard Loh (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Michael O’Sullivan (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Prof Dianne Campbell (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Dietitian)
  • Ms Jody Aiken (Allergy &Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Ms Jill Smith (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy CEO)
  • Dr Alan Leeb (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)
  • Bernice Boland (Maternal Child and Family Health Nurse Association)
  • Dr Peter Goss (Australian Paediatric Society and Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
  • Jemma Weidinger (Nurse practitioner - dermatology)
  • Deryn Thompson (Nurse - dermatology)
  • Emma King (Nurse practitioner – dermatology)
  • NAS staff - Sandra Vale, Rikki Dunstall

Content updated June 2020

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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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The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health for the following projects:
Food allergy prevention | 250K Youth Project | Food service | Drug allergy | Shared Care Model

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