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

The federal government’s funding of the National Allergy Strategy was announced at the launch of Food Allergy Week 2016 in Sydney, by the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP.

This funding will provide support for the implementation of what has been identified as the three most urgent National Allergy Strategy initiatives.

Read more: Federal Government announces funding of $500k for National Allergy Strategy implementation

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. 

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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

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.

National Allergy Strategy Websites

All about Allergens
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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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