Monday 16 May 2016: 

Strengthening its commitment to improve the health and quality of life of Australians with allergic diseases, the Australian government today announced funding of $500,000 toward Australia’s National Allergy Strategy.

The National Allergy Strategy, launched in August 2015, was developed in partnership by the two leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia - the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) – and in consultation with some sixty other key stakeholder organisations.

The Turnbull government’s funding boost was announced today at the launch of Food Allergy Week 2016 in Sydney. It will provide support for the implementation of three urgent National Allergy Strategy initiatives:

  • Standardising drug allergy management
  • Improving allergy management for teens and young adults, and
  • Allergy management in food service including in the hospital setting.

Allergic diseases now affect approximately one in five Australians [1]. Food allergy induced anaphylaxis has doubled in the last 10 years with one in 10 infants born in Australia each year - around 30,000 - now having a food allergy [2].

Dr. Richard Loh, Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy and immediate past President of ASCIA, welcomed today’s funding announcement.

Read more: Federal Government invests $500k to improve health and quality of life for Australians with...

nas pre budget subIn December 2015, Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) submitted a National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission to Minister Ley, the federal Health Minister, for the 2016 federal budget. 

pdfNational Allergy Strategy Pre-budget Submission481.31 KB 

The National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission was based on discussions with stakeholders, the National Allergy Strategy Steering Committee and Working Groups, and the following three areas were identified as the most urgent projects requiring funding:

  • Resources for teens and young adults, particularly those at risk of anaphylaxis and those with food allergy.
  • Food allergy resources for food service including restaurants, cafes etc.
  • Drug allergy, particularly antibiotic allergy.

To date the National Allergy Strategy has not received any government funding.

The pre-budget submission is currently with Minister Ley and is being considered. Please show your support for the National Allergy Strategy, by contacting your local member of parliament and/or writing to Minister Ley.

Further information and letter templates are available from Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia: https://www.allergyfacts.org.au/medi 

Read more: National Allergy Strategy Pre-budget Submission

15 October 2015:

NAS Steering CommitteeWork on the National Allergy Strategy has continued since the Allergy Summit 2015 was held in August.

The National Allergy Strategy Steering Committee (chaired by A/Prof Richard Loh and Maria Said) and Working Groups will continue to be supported by ASCIA in partnership with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), despite no federal funding to date.

After discussions post Allergy Summit 2015, the Research and Data Working groups will combine.

Read more: National Allergy Strategy Update October 2015

13 August 2015:

Anna Burke, MP speaking in Parliament about the launch of the National Allergy Strategy.

More than 4 million Australians are affected by allergic disease. Last week saw the launch of the National Allergy Strategy, which if implemented across Australia has the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for people living with allergies and anaphylaxis. Well done Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia for continuing the hard work of advocating for improved standards of care and recognition from government.

Read more: National Allergy Strategy Speech

7 August 2015: 

National Allergy Strategy 7102015 Pharmacy Guild storyThe first National Allergy Strategy has been released by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild.

Developed over the last 12 months involving over 50 stakeholder groups, including consumers, the strategy aims to address public health issues relating to the rapid and continuing rise of allergy in Australia and improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, their carers, and the community.

Read more: Pharmacy Guild welcomes National Allergy Strategy

10 August 2015: 

AProf Richard Loh and Sussan LeyFollowing the National Allergy Strategy (NAS) launch on 7 August 2015, the Parliamentary Allergy Alliance (PAA) was launched on 10 August 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra.

Guests at the PAA launch included the Minister for Health (Hon Sussan Ley MP), the shadow Minister for Health (Hon Catherine King MP), the leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Richard Di Natale) and the Hon Anna Burke MP.

Presentations featured an opening address by Senator Di Natale, an overview of the NAS by Maria Said, particularly moving stories about their experiences from Dr Shiu Lam and Isobelle Lam and a closing address by Anna Burke.

Read more: Parliamentary Allergy Alliance (PAA)

7 August 2015: 

National Allergy StrategyAustralian children and adults with allergy are often being poorly managed, with resources being wasted and their health and wellbeing at risk - but the launch of the new National Allergy Strategy has solutions.

“More than 4 million Australians are currently affected by allergic diseases and that number is growing fast,” claims leading paediatric allergy specialist Clinical Associate Professor Richard Loh. 

”It’s a serious public health issue which requires more than just lip service. We now need action by all levels of government and the community.” 

Read more: First National Allergy Strategy released

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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.

National Allergy Strategy Websites

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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 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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