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National Allergy Strategy (NAS) Steering Committee

Richard Loh is Co-chair of the NAS Steering Committee. Richard is a paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and a past President (2012-2014) of ASCIA. Richard is also the Project Lead for the Shared Care Model Scoping Project.

Maria Said is Co-chair of the NAS Steering Committee and the CEO of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, the national patient support organisation. Maria is also Project Lead for the 250K Youth Project.

Brynn Wainstein is a paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and the current President of ASCIA.

Melanie Wong is a paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and a past President of ASCIA (2014-2016).

Wendy Norton is a representative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and Deputy Project Lead for the Shared Care Model Scoping Project.

Preeti Joshi is a paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and the Project Lead for the Food Allergy Prevention Project (Nip allergies in the Bub).

Sally Voukelatos is a representative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.

Merryn Netting is a clinical dietitian specialising in allergy and Deputy Project Lead for the Food Service Project.

Jody Aiken is a representative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.

Jill Smith is the Chief Executive Officer for ASCIA.

Sandra Vale is the National Allergy Strategy Coordinator, and previously the ASCIA Education Project Officer (2010-2016).

Content updated 26 August 2016

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.

National Allergy Strategy Websites

All about Allergens
All about Allergens

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Food Allergy Education
Food Allergy Education

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Nip Allergies in the Bub

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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 organisations for allergy in Australia. 

The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian Government for the following projects:
Food allergy prevention | Teens and young adults | Food service | Drug allergy

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