The National Allergy Strategy has launched the pilot phase of the Food Allergy Prevention Project funded by the Australian Government. The project aims to implement the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention. This project has been informed by the National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting (IFIM) held in March 2017 and overseen by a Working Group comprising key stakeholders.
The pilot phase will involve extensive engagement in Western Australia as the main pilot state. The Nip allergies in the Bub website developed as an outcome of focus group engagement is now available and contains practical information for parents about how to introduce the common food allergens and how to optimise eczema management. The website also contains a section for health professionals including education resources.
The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian government to implement a food allergy prevention project based on the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention. This project will be informed by National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting (IFIM) held in March 2017, which engaged key stakeholder organisations to guide the implementation process.
Nip allergies in the Bub website
The following communication strategies are planned:
- A communication strategy for health professional (general practitioners, pharmacists, maternal, child and family health nurses, paediatricians and dietitians).
- Education resources and tools for health professionals (e.g. referral pathways for infant feeding and allergy prevention).
- A communication strategy for the community to raise awareness encouraging the introduction of the most common food allergens within the first year of life, particularly in infants with severe eczema and/or food allergy, who are considered to have an increased risk of developing peanut allergy.
- A phone service (1300 number) supported by appropriately trained staff to provide support for parents who are introducing solid foods to infants.
- Optimising eczema management in infants that may prevent the development of food allergy.
- Addressing current myths about allergy prevention and providing credible information on allergy prevention in infants.
Content updated August 2018