Food allergy prevention project

baby feedingThe 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.

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 created April 2018

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.

Leading 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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