National Allergy Strategy receives further funding from the Australian government

26 June 2017

The National Allergy Strategy will receive $1 million over the next two years to implement a national allergy prevention program.  The funding announcement was made by Minister Gillespie at the launch of the National Allergy Strategy Youth Project resource launch, a project also funded by the Australian government.

Implementation of the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention will help reduce the development of food allergy.  Preventing the development of food allergy will not only greatly improve the quality of life of individuals and their families, but it will assist in reducing the burden on state and federal governments, individuals with allergy and the Australian community.

National Allergy Strategy launches free online training for food service

Food allergy training All about Allergens17 July 2017

In response to engagement with key stakeholders in the food service industry, a free online training course has been launched by the National Allergy Strategy, a partnership between Australia’s peak allergy bodies, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).

The All about Allergens online training available via a National Allergy Strategy website - www.foodallergytraining.org.au -  provides access to training that is fast, easy and free. The comprehensive program provides need to know information relevant for those in the food service industry and is presented using videos and interactive activities.

The All about Allergens online course contains five units.  Each unit include video information and interactive activities.  The final unit includes a final quiz, which on successful completion, allows participants to print a certificate.

The course addresses the following information:

  • Food allergen risks for allergic consumers  
  • The most common food allergens
  • Safe food preparation for allergic customers
  • Safe food storage for allergic customers
  • Communicating about allergy causing foods with other staff
  • Communicating about allergy causing foods with suppliers
  • Communicating about allergy causing foods with customers
  • What to do if a customer has an allergic reaction
  • Useful websites for more information

David Curley, Mikayla Caldon, Kirsten Grinter, Sandra Vale, Maria Said, Alex Herbert, Richard Loh

At launch function from left to right: David Curley, Mikayla Caldon, Kirsten Grinter, Sandra Vale, Maria Said, Alex Herbert, A/P Richard Loh

National Allergy Strategy launches cutting-edge new youth website

26 June 2017250K

In response to engagement with teens and young adults through a national online survey and focus groups sessions, a new website has been launched by the National Allergy Strategy, a partnership between Australia’s peak allergy bodies, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).

The new website - ‘250K – A hub for the 250,000 young Australians living with severe allergies’ www.250K.org.au - aims to provide age-appropriate information and resources to assist young people who are living with severe allergies, and to help them to feel more connected with other teens and young adults going through similar experiences in a fun but informative way.

With a fun and cutting-edge look and feel, the new 250K website was designed by young people for young people. It has a strong focus on interactivity and functions more like an App, allowing young people to share information with their friends in novel ways, such as using avatars. Importantly, it allows young people to share their thoughts on a range of topics anonymously. The 250K website is also supported by a slide set that schools will be able to access to help increase awareness about severe allergies.

This project has received funding from the Australian Government. 

Pre-budget Submission 2017: National Allergy Strategy

NAS Pre budget submission 2017

27 February 2017

Allergic diseases affect 1 in 5 Australians and are amongst the fastest growing medical conditions.

To address this problem, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), as the leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia, developed a National Allergy Strategy in collaboration with other key stakeholder organisations.

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The National Allergy Strategy aims to address public health issues relating to the rapid and continuing rise of allergy in Australia and improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, their carers and the community.

The attached pre-budget submission has been made on behalf of individuals with allergic conditions to progress urgent initiatives of the National Allergy Strategy.

KABAM – Allergy survey for teens and young adults

KABAM survey3 November 2016:

THANK YOU to all who participated in the National Allergy Strategy survey for teens and young adults (KABAM survey). The response has been overwhelming and we look forward to reviewing the information to ensure we develop suitable resources for 12-24 year olds with severe allergy. Stay tuned for updates on resource development.


The National Allergy Strategy Knowledge and Barriers to Allergy Management (KABAM) survey for teens and young adults will be available from 5th October – 3 November 2016. This survey is for people aged 12-24 years old with severe allergy.

The survey is being conducted to enable us to collect information about what 12-24 year olds with severe allergy would like to know about managing their allergy and how they would like to access the information. As the survey will guide resource development it is important the survey is completed by the individual not their parent or guardian.

For further information KABAM – Allergy survey.

Federal Government invests $500k to improve health and quality of life for Australians with allergic diseases

Monday 16 May 2016: 

Strengthening its commitment to improve the health and quality of life of Australians with allergic diseases, the Australian government today announced funding of $500,000 toward Australia’s National Allergy Strategy.

The National Allergy Strategy, launched in August 2015, was developed in partnership by the two leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia - the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) – and in consultation with some sixty other key stakeholder organisations.

The Turnbull government’s funding boost was announced today at the launch of Food Allergy Week 2016 in Sydney. It will provide support for the implementation of three urgent National Allergy Strategy initiatives:

  • Standardising drug allergy management
  • Improving allergy management for teens and young adults, and
  • Allergy management in food service including in the hospital setting.

Allergic diseases now affect approximately one in five Australians [1]. Food allergy induced anaphylaxis has doubled in the last 10 years with one in 10 infants born in Australia each year - around 30,000 - now having a food allergy [2].

Dr. Richard Loh, Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy and immediate past President of ASCIA, welcomed today’s funding announcement.

National Allergy Strategy Pre-budget Submission

nas pre budget subIn December 2015, Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) submitted a National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission to Minister Ley, the federal Health Minister, for the 2016 federal budget. 

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The National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission was based on discussions with stakeholders, the National Allergy Strategy Steering Committee and Working Groups, and the following three areas were identified as the most urgent projects requiring funding:

  • Resources for teens and young adults, particularly those at risk of anaphylaxis and those with food allergy.
  • Food allergy resources for food service including restaurants, cafes etc.
  • Drug allergy, particularly antibiotic allergy.

To date the National Allergy Strategy has not received any government funding.

The pre-budget submission is currently with Minister Ley and is being considered. Please show your support for the National Allergy Strategy, by contacting your local member of parliament and/or writing to Minister Ley.

Further information and letter templates are available from Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia: https://www.allergyfacts.org.au/medi 

National Allergy Strategy Update October 2015

15 October 2015:

NAS Steering CommitteeWork on the National Allergy Strategy has continued since the Allergy Summit 2015 was held in August.

The National Allergy Strategy Steering Committee (chaired by A/Prof Richard Loh and Maria Said) and Working Groups will continue to be supported by ASCIA in partnership with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), despite no federal funding to date.

After discussions post Allergy Summit 2015, the Research and Data Working groups will combine.