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Managing your child’s food allergy in childcare services: Wed 6 April 2022

Managing your child’s food allergy in childcare servicesDo you have a child in a children’s education and care service?

Join us to find out what Allergy Aware CEC services should be doing to manage the risk of anaphylaxis.

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is partnering with the National Allergy Strategy to hold a webinar about how to manage food allergies and anaphylaxis in children’s education and care (CEC) services such as childcare centres, preschools, and long day care.

The webinar will include a short presentation from Dr Katie Frith, paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and Ms Maria Said, CEO of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy. The presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session where you can have your questions answered. Dr Merryn Netting, an experienced allergy dietitian will also be available to answer questions.

Event details:

When: Wednesday 6 April 2022

Time:  7:30pm AEST | 5:30pm AWST

Where: Zoom 

Cost: Free

Register here

This webinar is one in a series of webinars being held by A&AA in partnership with the National Allergy Strategy. Visit the National Allergy Strategy’s Allergy Aware website for further information about the parent/carer webinar series.

Presenters/Panellists

Dr Katie Frith

Dr Katie FrithKatie is a paediatric immunologist and works at Sydney Children’s Hospital (SCH), Randwick.

Katie is an active member of ASCIA, the peak professional body for immunologists in Australia and New Zealand. She is the current chair of the ASCIA anaphylaxis committee, chair of the 33rd ASCIA conference and a member of the ASCIA paediatric committee. She has recently been involved in the development of the ACSQHC Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard.

Ms Maria Said

Ms Maria SaidMaria is the Chief Executive Officer of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA). She is a Registered Nurse and is Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy.

Maria has been a member of A&AA since 1993 when her son was diagnosed with severe atopy (allergic disease) including food allergy. As a volunteer, she became national President of the organisation in 1999.

Maria is an advocate for individuals who live with allergic diseases including food allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis. She shares information on the mission of the organisation and the consumer perspective with teaching and health professionals, the food industry, federal and state government departments and the Australian community. Maria is internationally recognised and respected.

Dr Merryn Netting

Dr Merryn NettingMerryn is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and NHMRC Early Career Fellow based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.  

Merryn is an experienced paediatric dietitian with over 30 years of clinical experience. Her research is focused on the long-term effects of early life dietary patterns, specifically related to prevention of food allergy. 

Merryn works closely with A&AA through her work on the National Allergy Strategy steering committee.