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Food Allergy Prevention Project Launch

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

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    Sandra Vale, Dr Katie Allen MP, Dr PreetiJoshi, Maria Said and A/Prof Kirsten Perrett
     
  • Dr Katie Allen MP having a Skin Prick Test

    Katie Allen SPT parliament house June 2021
    Dr Katie Allen MP having a Skin Prick Test (SPT)
     

  • Livia (mother), Dr Preeti Joshi, Maria Said, Sandra Vale, A/Prof Kirsten Perrett, Meaghan Harland

    Livia (mother), Dr Preeti Joshi, Maria Said, Sandra Vale, A/Prof Kirsten Perrett, Meaghan Harland

    Livia (mother), Dr Preeti Joshi, Maria Said, Sandra Vale, A/Prof Kirsten Perrett, Meaghan Harland

  • Maria Said A&AA gives EpiPen®

    Maria gives Epipen Parliament house June2021

    Maria Said demonstrates EpiPen® trainer on Dr Mike Freelander MP

     
  • Parliamentarian with EpiPen®

    Parliamentarian with EpiPen Parliament house June 2021
    Dr Pretti Joshi, A/Prof Kirsten Perrett, Dr Mike Freelander MP and Maria Said
     
  • Preeti SPT a parliamentarian

    Preeti SPT a parliamentarian June 2021
    Dr Preeti Joshi giving a SPT to a parliamentarian
     
  • Sandra Kirsten Maria with female parliamentarian

    Sandra Kirsten Maria with female parliamentarian June 2021
    Sandra Vale, parliamentarian, A/Prof Kirsten Perrett and Maria Said 
  • SPT mother

    SPT mother parliament house June 2021
    Meaghan Harland (allergy nurse) performs SPT on mother, Livia
  • SPT of parliamentarian

    SPT of parliamentarian June 2021
    Dr Preeti Joshi doing a SPT

 

Content updated 27 August 2018

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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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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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