National Allergy Strategy Staff

Sandra Vale

Sandra Vale

National Allergy Strategy Manager

PhD Candidate – University of Western Australia
BSc (Nutrition & Food Science) – Curtin University; Certificate IV (training and assessment)

Sandra has a background in public health nutrition, with experience in project implementation, resource development and training. Prior to becoming the National Allergy Strategy Manager, Sandra was the ASCIA Education Officer and in that role was the project officer involved in developing and implementing the National Allergy Strategy. Sandra is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Western Australia and her topic is ‘A public health approach to infant feeding for allergy prevention’.

Rikki Dunstall

Rikki Dunstall

Finance and Operations Officer

Certificate IV in Bookkeeping – FNS40210 

Rikki has a background in providing bookkeeping services to clients across many sectors (not for profit, retail, professional services), has experience working with numerous accounting software programs (XERO, MYOB, QuickBooks) and is a registered BAS agent.

Rikki is the Financial and Operations Officer for both the National Allergy Strategy and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).

Heather Roberts

Heather Roberts

Senior Project Officer

BHSc (Hons Public Health) – University of Western Australia

Heather has a background in public health and has experience working across a wide range of healthcare improvement projects for the public sector. Heather initially commenced working with the National Allergy Strategy as a consultant project officer working on the Shared Care Model project.

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Lexy Akillas

Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Journalism – University of Technology, Sydney

Lexy is a communications professional with a passion and enthusiasm for storytelling and brand building. She joined the team in 2022 and is also the Social Media and Communications Coordinator at Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).

Lexy was previously working for a not-for-profit in the disability sector, where she was responsible for implementing social and digital marketing strategies to help the organisation connect with their internal and external audiences.

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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.

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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 support organisation for allergy in Australia. 

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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