25 March 2020

COVID-19 Symptom CheckerHealthdirect Australia have asked the National Allergy Strategy to share the COVID‑19 Symptom Checker they have developed for people that are unwell and think they may have COVID‑19. 

As medical staff, testing clinics and the National Coronavirus Helpline are overwhelmed with enquiries, the symptom checker can help alleviate pressure. 

The COVID‑19 Symptom Checker provides people with advice on whether medical help is required and what they should do next, such as calling ahead before a visit to a GP or emergency department. 

Access to the COVID‑19 Symptom Checker is available from the National Allergy Strategy website: www.nationalallergystrategy.org.au

 

Read more: New COVID-19 Symptom Checker

5 March 2020

My Health Record for clinical immunology/allergy specialists

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) through the National Allergy Strategy is collaborating with the Australian Digital Health Agency to provide information to clinical immunology/allergy specialists about using My Health Record to improve patient care.

This new Fact sheet for clinical immunology/allergy specialists developed by the National Allergy Strategy includes information about:

  • what’s in it for you and your patients;
  • benefits for clinical immunology/allergy specialists; and
  • safety and security of patient information.

pdfMHR Fact Sheet for Clinical Immunology/Allergy specialists208.13 KB 

Additional resources designed to support your use of My Health Record in clinical practice are being developed as part of this project and will be released once complete. 

Read more: Using My Health Record: Fact sheet for clinical immunology/allergy specialists

26 February 2020

webinarUnderstanding how to register and upload to My Health Record can be challenging. Join Professor Steven Boyages as he interviews Carey Doolan from the Australian Digital Health Agency to provide practical advice to help you register and upload to My Health Record. To register for this webinar on 4th March 2020, 6-7pm AEDT go to here.

For information about how the National Allergy Strategy is working with the Australian Digital Health Agency to improve the quality of patient allergy information in My Health Record go to NAS - Digital Health Agency

Read more: Register for the My Health Record Webinar – Wednesday 4 March 6pm -7pm AEDT

19 November 2019

The National Allergy Strategy was pleased to be invited to speak at the public hearing of the parliamentary inquiry into allergy and anaphylaxis, in Sydney on the 19th November 2019. ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia were also invited to speak at the hearing. 

We would once again, like to acknowledge Mr Trent Zimmerman and Minister Hunt for their support of Australians living with allergic diseases by conducting this inquiry.

Parliamentary inquiry into allergy and anaphylaxis

Pictured from: left Dr Preeti Joshi, Ms Karen Wong (back) Ms Maria Said, Mr Trent Zimmerman, Dr Mike Freelander, Ms Sandra Vale, Dr Brynn Wainstein, Ms Jody Aiken and Ms Jill Smith  

Read more: Parliamentary inquiry into allergy and anaphylaxis

Parliamentary inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis -

A submission from the National Allergy Strategy12 November 2019:

The National Allergy Strategy would like to acknowledge Mr Trent Zimmerman and Minister Greg Hunt for conducting a federal parliamentary inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis.

The National Allergy Strategy has made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis. 

Download here: pdfNAS Allergy Parliamentary Inquiry Submission490.12 KB

For further information about the parliamentary inquiry and how to make a submission, please access the following link: About the inquiry

Read more: A submission from the National Allergy Strategy

Allergic disease announcement12 September 2019

It is our pleasure to inform you that Mr Trent Zimmerman has announced a parliamentary inquiry into allergic diseases. The parliamentary inquiry will be undertaken by the Standing Committee on Health and will provide the opportunity for a thorough investigation into the many issues regarding the management of allergic diseases in Australia.

The National Allergy Strategy would like to acknowledge both Mr Trent Zimmerman and Minister Greg Hunt for their commitment to undertake the parliamentary inquiry and for their ongoing support of Australians living with allergic diseases.

Further information is available from:

Read more: Management of allergic diseases in Australia

2019 July NSCC websitesmall30 July 2019

A free, potentially life-saving online food allergy training program for cooks and chefs, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, has today been launched by the National Allergy Strategy, a partnership between the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).

Developed in conjunction with chefs and cooks with experience in commercial kitchens, “All About Allergens: The next step for cooks and chefs” focuses on food preparation, handling and storage, and highlights the importance of effective communication between the kitchen and other staff and consumers with food allergy.

Two courses – one for general food service and another for camp providers – have been developed to provide information relevant to the specific settings. The first All about Allergens course should be completed before undertaking the new course for cooks and chefs.

The free online courses aim to provide practical information for cooks and chefs. The National Allergy Strategy has engaged with key stakeholders, including conducting a focus group with chefs, to ensure that resources are developed that will help make managing food allergies easier for food service providers.

Read more: New free national food allergy e-training program designed for cooks and chefs

NipBub Launch24 June 2019

Today the National Allergy Strategy has launched the national roll out of the Food Allergy Prevention Project funded by the Australian Government. The project aims to implement the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention.

The Nip Allergies in the Bub website  (www.preventallergies.org.au) has been developed as part of the Food Allergy Prevention Project and this website along with other resources have been piloted over the past year in Western Australia. Feedback about the resources has been collected and improvements made to the resources where required.

Alongside the online resources, face to face education of general practitioners, child maternal health nurses and pharmacists has been provided to inform and support health professionals. In preparation for the national roll-out, education sessions for general practitioners have been provided in most states.

Read more: Nip Allergies in the Bub - Food Allergy Prevention Project

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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COVID-19 Symptom Checker

National Allergy Strategy Websites and Courses

All about Allergens
All about Allergens
The next step for cooks and chefs
The next step for cooks and chefs
Authorised Officers Resources
All about Allergens
Food allergy prevention
e-training for health professionals
Food allergy prevention e-training for health professionals
Paediatric atopic dermatitis
e-training for health professionals
Paediatric atopic dermatitis e-training for health professionals
Food Allergy Education
for the community
Food Allergy Education
Food Allergy Aware - Hub
Food Allergy Aware - Hub
250K for teens and young adults
250K
Nip Allergies in the Bub

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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