National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project Launch 27 August 2018

Today the National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project was launched in WA as the main pilot region for the Project. The Food Allergy Prevention Project is the first in the world to promote feeding children the common allergy causing foods by one year of age, to help prevent food allergy developing.

While previous food allergy prevention strategies included delayed introduction of common food allergens and avoidance of foods in pregnancy, the Food Allergy Prevention Project widely promotes the introduction of common food allergens. This includes peanut, tree nuts, cow’s milk, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, sesame and soy, in the first year of life. The new recommendations will not prevent all food allergies but will help prevent food allergy developing in the majority of babies.

Studies show that babies with eczema may also develop food allergy by exposure to the food through their skin. The “Nip Allergies in the Bub” website developed by the Project contains practical information for parents and carers about introducing solid foods and managing eczema for allergy prevention in the first year of life. The website also contains information and resources specifically for health professionals, including e-training courses.

Visit: www.preventallergies.org.au

Read more: Food Allergy Prevention Project Launch

Minister HuntThe National Allergy Strategy event on 16 August at Parliament House Canberra was a great success with Minister Hunt announcing five years of funding for the National Allergy Strategy.

Minister Greg Hunt, Minister Ken Wyatt, Senator Richard Di Natale and Catherine King MP all spoke of their support for the National Allergy Strategy.

Mr Barry Hickey and Ms Jaclyn Jauhiainen shared their personal experiences of living with severe allergy.

We would like to thank Minister Hunt, Minister Wyatt, Senator Richard Di Natale (Parliamentary Allergy Alliance Co-convenor), Catherine King, Tony Zappia MP (Parliamentary Allergy Alliance Co-convenor) and Russell Broadbent MP (Parliamentary Allergy Alliance Co-convenor) for their ongoing support of the National Allergy Strategy.

This is wonderful news for the many Australians living with allergic diseases.

We will continue to keep you informed as we progress the National Allergy Strategy initiatives.

Parliament House Canberra Event

Read more: National Allergy Strategy Announcement Event

NAS 250K16 August 2018

To celebrate the achievements of the National Allergy Strategy, a lunch time event “Implementing the National Allergy Strategy: From paper to practice” was held at Parliament House in Canberra today, 16 August 2018.

Minister Hunt, Senator Di Natale, Minister Wyatt and Catherine King MP spoke at the event along with National Allergy Strategy Co-chairs A/Prof Richard Loh and Ms Maria Said and two people living with allergic disease who shared their experiences, Ms Jaclyn Jauhiainen and Mr Barry Hickey. 

Development of the National Allergy Strategy has enabled the identification of strategies to improve and optimise the management of allergic disease and help prevent food allergy where possible. We continue to increase awareness of allergic disease nationwide in line with our mission to improve the health and wellbeing, and therefore the quality of life of individuals with allergic conditions and those who care for them.

See the media release: National progress in the management of allergies but more work to be done  

Read more: Implementing the National Allergy Strategy: From paper to practice

16 August 2018

250K and All About Allergens$10 million dollars over five years required to continue important work

In the past two years the National Allergy Strategy has been implemented to support the 1 in 5 Australians affected by allergic disease. This important work has involved engaging with many stakeholder organisations, and has been possible due to funding support from the Australian Government. However, with allergic diseases among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia ongoing collaborations are key and funding support of the National Allergy Strategy is critical.

“The statistics regarding allergies in Australia are concerning and require serious attention. One in 10 infants now have a food allergy4 and food allergy induced anaphylaxis has doubled in the last 10 years,” said Associate Professor Richard Loh. “Sadly, there have been many near misses and preventable deaths related to food and drug allergy. Just recently a young girl lost her life due to an allergic reaction to dairy. We need to learn from these tragic events and implement processes to prevent them from occurring again.”

“The National Allergy Strategy was established to address the alarming statistics and improve the quality of life of all Australians living with allergic conditions. We are very thankful for the government support to date and input from many stakeholder groups.  This has enabled us to agree on priorities and make significant progress in important areas requiring national attention including food service training and engaging teenagers. It is crucial that we continue this ground-breaking work and we encourage the Australian Government to maintain their commitment. We require $10 million dollars over 5 years to ensure that we continue to progress the National Allergy Strategy implementation.”

 Senator Richard Di Natale supports the need for a national response.

“With more than 4 million Australians affected, we must have a coordinated, funded, national strategy and response. The risks are too great to ignore,” Dr Di Natale said. “This is a critically important strategy and it must be supported at the highest levels to make sure no more lives are lost to allergy.”

Read more: National progress in the management of allergies but more work to be done

Food allergy prevention project - baby feeding10 January 2018

Who are we looking for? We invite you to register your interest to participate if you: 

  • have a young infant (up to 6 months old) and have a family history of allergy; or 

  • have a child with food allergy and are pregnant or are planning to have another child.  

Why do it? To help us develop education resources to help prevent the development of food allergies.

How long will it take? 1.5 hours.  

Who are we? The National Allergy Strategy. Our aim is to improve how allergies are managed in Australia.  

Participants will receive a retail voucher in thanks for their time and input.

This group has now been completed.

The National Allergy Strategy food allergy prevention project is supported by funding from the Australian Government

Read more: Food allergy prevention project – focus group sessions

research group2017December 2017

Food allergy prevention project 

The National Allergy Strategy food allergy prevention project, funded by the Australian government aims to implement the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention. 

A social marketing company has been engaged to assist with the development of a communication strategy.

Focus group sessions with consumers and health professionals will be conducted early in 2018. This project is funded by the Australian government.

250k FB250K youth project

A 250K Facebook campaign was recently undertaken to promote the 250K website.  A series of 6 different advertisements featuring avatar animations were the focus of the campaign. The National Allergy Strategy will continue to add news items on topical issues for young people to the website and Facebook page.

The National Allergy Strategy funding request in the 2018 pre-budget submission includes a number of initiatives for this project including further social media engagement, a mentor program and camps for younger teens. www.250K.org.au

Read more: NAS Project update

NAS 2018 Pre Budget Submission

30 November 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.

pdfNational Allergy Strategy Pre-budget Submission 2018600.93 KB

This pre-budget submission has identified the following projects as urgently requiring support: 

  • National implementation of the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention (funding for the final year of the project)
  • Additional resources required to improve food allergy management in food service to build on the work undertaken in 2016-17.
  • Additional resources required to improve food allergy management in teens and young adults to build on the work undertaken in 2016-17.
  • Scoping the development of a Shared Care Model for allergy to ensure patients receive the right allergy care from the right person, in a timely manner in the right place.

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

Read more: Pre-budget Submission 2018: National Allergy Strategy

ASCIA NAS posters

22 September 2017

The National Allergy Strategy presented three posters at the recent ASCIA Conference held in New Zealand at the Viaduct Events Centre from Wednesday 12th to Friday 15th September. 

This conference was a great success, with more than 550 registrations, an outstanding program and a spectacular venue located on the stunning Waitematā Harbour in Auckland. In all s total of 92 posters were displayed.

The NAS posters are: 

  • 250K – A Youth Allergy Awareness Project by the National Allergy Strategy
  • Addressing food allergy in food service – the National Allergy Strategy Food Service Project
  • Preventing the development of food allergy – Implementing new ASCIA Guidelines for infant feeding.

PDF downloads of the posters are available here

Read more: National Allergy Strategy at the 2017 ASCIA Conference

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

Read more: National Allergy Strategy launches free online training for food service

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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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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