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National Allergy Strategy launches first nationally standardised food allergy online training for hospital staff

The Minister for Health, the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, launched the National Allergy Strategy’s “All about Allergens for Hospitals” online training courses on 24 September. The courses will support Australian hospitals to put effective food allergen management policies and practices into place to provide appropriate food to patients with food allergies. 

All about Allergens for Hospitals 

A hospital, like any other food service, needs to ensure they meet the needs of patients with food allergies. However, food allergen management in hospitals is unique as many different staff are involved in providing food to patients.

The All about Allergens for Hospitals online training has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is available free of charge, along with other National Allergy Strategy food service training courses, from the Food Allergy Training website.

The “All about Allergens for Hospitals” training provides practical information about managing food allergens in the kitchen and ensuring the right meal goes to the right patient on the ward. There are four specific versions available depending on staff roles and responsibilities:

  • Kitchen managers and supervisors 
  • Kitchen staff 
  • Ward managers and nurses
  • Ward support staff

See the courses online in the "All about Allergens for Hospitals" category.

All about Allergens for Hospitals

These resources have been developed with the support of the National Allergy Strategy food allergy management in healthcare project working group as well as the many key stakeholders who contributed through the consultation process. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved in the development of these important resources. 

Visit the National Allergy Strategy website to read the full media release.

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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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