Patrons and supporters of the National Allergy Strategy

Patrons of the National Allergy Strategy are appointed by the National Allergy Strategy Steering Committee in recognition for their significant contribution to the National Allergy Strategy.

Patrons

Clinical Associate Professor Richard Loh (OAM) - Founding Patron

Associate Professor Richard Loh

A/Prof Richard Loh stepped down as Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy in September 2019. Richard, alongside Maria Said, was involved in the development and implementation of the National Allergy Strategy. Richard was Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy with Maria since the Steering Committee was established in 2014.

Richard’s passion and commitment to improving the health and well-being of Australians living with allergic diseases has greatly contributed to the success of the National Allergy Strategy.

To acknowledge Richard and his valuable contribution to the National Allergy Strategy, the Steering Committee awarded Richard the title of Founding Patron.

Friends of the National Allergy Strategy

A person is recognised as a Friend of the National Allergy Strategy for their ongoing support of the National Allergy Strategy. The following people have been recognised:

  • Mr Tony Zappia MP, Member for Makin
  • Greg Hunt, former Minister for Health and Aged Care
  • Professor Katie Allen, former Member for Higgins
  • Professor Dianne Campbell, paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist
  • Richard Di Natale, Former Leader of the Australian Greens
  • Ken Wyatt, former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Member for Hasluck

Parliamentary Allergy Alliance

The Parliamentary Allergy Alliance was established in 2015 by Anna Burke AO (former Australian politician), Richard Di Natale (former Senator and leader of the Australian Greens) and Tony Zappia MP (member for Makin).

The Parliamentary Allergy Alliance have helped support the National Allergy Strategy in advocating on behalf of Australians living with allergic diseases.

The current Parliamentary Allergy Alliance co-convenors are:

  • Mr Tony Zappia MP, Member for Makin, SA and Deputy chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works
  • Liberal representative TBA
  • Greens represenative TBA

The National Allergy Strategy would like to thank the founding co-convenors as well as Russell Broadbent MP (Member for Monash), and Dr Katie Allen, former co-convenors.

Content updated November 2021

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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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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Acknowledgement of Country
The National Allergy Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we are located. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.