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National Allergy Strategy (NAS) Steering Committee

Steering Committee from left to right – Melanie Wong, Richard Loh, Maria Said

From left to right – Melanie Wong, Richard Loh, Maria Said

Steering Committee Katie Allen, Brynn Wainstein, Wendy Norton, Richard Loh, Maria Said, Sally Voukelatos, Merryn Netting, Jill Smith, Dianne Campbell and Sandra Vale

In order from left to right – Katie Allen, Brynn Wainstein, Wendy Norton, Richard Loh, Maria Said, Sally Voukelatos, Merryn Netting, Jill Smith, Dianne Campbell and Sandra Vale 

Richard Loh is co-chair of the NAS Steering Committee and a co-chair of the NAS Care Working Group. Richard is a paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist based in Western Australia and a past President (2012-2014) of ASCIA.

Maria Said is co-chair of the NAS Steering Committee and a co-chair of the NAS Food Service & Food Industry Working Group. Maria is also the president of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, the national patient support organisation.

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

Dianne Campbell is co-chair of the NAS Education & Training Working Group, a paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and a member of the ASCIA Council.

Wendy Norton is co-chair of the NAS Education & Training Working Group and a representative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.

Sally Voukelatos is co-chair of the NAS Research & Data Working Group and a representative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.

Katie Allen is co-chair of the NAS Research & Data Working Group, a paediatric gastroenterologist and allergy specialist and Director of the Centre for Food and Allergy Research (CFAR).

Merryn Netting is co-chair of the NAS Food Service & Food Industry Working Group and a clinical dietitian specialising in allergy.

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.

Leading 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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