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.
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.
The National Allergy Strategy will be hosting teen focus group sessions on Tuesday 21st February and Wednesday 22nd February 2017 in Perth and Sydney.
Who are we looking for? Young people with a severe food allergy who are:
- In year 7 or 8 at school
- In year 10 or 11 at school
- In year 12 or have finished high school in the last 2 years
Why do it? To help us develop resources for young people with severe allergy.
How long will it take? 1.5 hours after school.
Who are we? The National Allergy Strategy. Our aim is to improve how allergies are managed in Australia.
Incentives: Those who participate in the focus group sessions will receive a $50 eftpos gift card.
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.
29 November 2016
In October, we met with key people from the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), who manage My Health Record and many other digital health projects. We also met with key people from the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), who are responsible for setting the standards for hospital accreditation.
The meeting was pivotal is assisting us to understand how My Health Record currently works and the Australian Digital Health Agency has agreed to prioritise working with the National Allergy Strategy on the allergy component of My Health Record.
There is still further consultation underway to engage with the states and territories to discuss current drug allergy management and e-health across Australia.
Learn more here: Standardising drug allergy management
29 November 2016
A national survey was conducted during October, which has now closed.
The survey was successful in obtaining the views of young people at risk of anaphylaxis across Australia.
The data is currently being analysed and will inform resource development which will commence early in 2017.
The first resource to be developed will be an inviting, informative website specifically for young people.
Learn more here: Teens and young adults project
29 November 2016
In October, the first Food Service Forum for Food Allergy was held and was attended by approximately 40 people from key stakeholder organisations.
The aim of the Forum was to bring stakeholders together to discuss the current issues and agree on a way forward to improve the understanding of food allergy issues in the food service sector. It was agreed that an online training course should be developed for food service staff and work on this will commence early in 2017.
ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) will also develop consumer based resources for individuals with food allergy and their carers.
Learn more here: Food service project