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

26 June 2017

The National Allergy Strategy will receive $1 million over the next two years to implement a national allergy prevention program.  The funding announcement was made by Minister Gillespie at the launch of the National Allergy Strategy Youth Project resource launch, a project also funded by the Australian government.

Implementation of the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention will help reduce the development of food allergy.  Preventing the development of food allergy will not only greatly improve the quality of life of individuals and their families, but it will assist in reducing the burden on state and federal governments, individuals with allergy and the Australian community.

Read more: National Allergy Strategy receives further funding from the Australian government

26 June 2017250K

In response to engagement with teens and young adults through a national online survey and focus groups sessions, a new website 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 new website - ‘250K – A hub for the 250,000 young Australians living with severe allergies’ www.250K.org.au - aims to provide age-appropriate information and resources to assist young people who are living with severe allergies, and to help them to feel more connected with other teens and young adults going through similar experiences in a fun but informative way.

With a fun and cutting-edge look and feel, the new 250K website was designed by young people for young people. It has a strong focus on interactivity and functions more like an App, allowing young people to share information with their friends in novel ways, such as using avatars. Importantly, it allows young people to share their thoughts on a range of topics anonymously. The 250K website is also supported by a slide set that schools will be able to access to help increase awareness about severe allergies.

This project has received funding from the Australian Government. 

Read more: National Allergy Strategy launches cutting-edge new youth website

NAS Pre budget submission 2017

27 February 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 2017573.70 KB

The National Allergy 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.

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 2017: National Allergy Strategy

NAS Meetings at Parliament House, Canberra

Meetings at Parliament House, Canberra

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) CEO and National Allergy Strategy co-chair, Maria Said, ASCIA Council member and National Allergy Strategy co-chair, Associate Professor Richard Loh and National Allergy Strategy Coordinator Sandra Vale, recently also met with the federal Health Minister Sussan Ley and several other parliamentarians to discuss next steps in the National Allergy Strategy for mid-2017 and beyond. 

The support we have received in progressing our work in allergy management across Australia has been heartening. Overall the past few months have been a busy time for the National Allergy Strategy, with all three projects progressing well.

For project updates see: Drug allergy project updateTeens and young adults project update and Food service project update.

Read more: National Allergy Strategy update November 2016

KABAM survey3 November 2016:

THANK YOU to all who participated in the National Allergy Strategy survey for teens and young adults (KABAM survey). The response has been overwhelming and we look forward to reviewing the information to ensure we develop suitable resources for 12-24 year olds with severe allergy. Stay tuned for updates on resource development.


The National Allergy Strategy Knowledge and Barriers to Allergy Management (KABAM) survey for teens and young adults will be available from 5th October – 3 November 2016. This survey is for people aged 12-24 years old with severe allergy.

The survey is being conducted to enable us to collect information about what 12-24 year olds with severe allergy would like to know about managing their allergy and how they would like to access the information. As the survey will guide resource development it is important the survey is completed by the individual not their parent or guardian.

For further information KABAM – Allergy survey.

Read more: KABAM – Allergy survey for teens and young adults

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.

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National Allergy Strategy Websites and Courses

All about Allergens
All about Allergens
The next step for cooks and chefs
The next step for cooks and chefs
Authorised Officers Resources
All about Allergens
Food allergy prevention
e-training for health professionals
Food allergy prevention e-training for health professionals
Paediatric atopic dermatitis
e-training for health professionals
Paediatric atopic dermatitis e-training for health professionals
Food Allergy Education
for the community
Food Allergy Education
Food Allergy Aware - Hub
Food Allergy Aware - Hub
250K for teens and young adults
250K
Nip Allergies in the Bub

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 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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