Project Working Groups

The Working Groups established to develop the National Allergy Strategy were replaced by project specific working groups which each have Project Co-leads.

Implementing the National Allergy Strategy relies on the voluntary contributions of many people to assist with the development of resources and implementation of projects. We are particularly grateful to the working group members who regularly assist. While it is not possible to acknowledge everyone who has contribute their time as a volunteer to assist with implementing the National Allergy Strategy on this website, we are extremely thankful for everyone’s contributions.

Current working groups

Food allergy management in residential care working group 

  • Sally Voukelatos (Project Co-lead, dietitian)
  • Ingrid Roche (Project Co-lead, dietitian)
  • Denise Cruickshank (Dietitian, Queensland Health)
  • Mary Hannan-Jones (Dietetics, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Gary Kennedy (Institute of Hospitality in Health Care)
  • Suzanne Kennewell (Dietitians Australia)
  • Troy Litzow (Food safety, Queensland Health)
  • Libby Matthew (Residential aged care dietitian, WA)
  • Val Noble (Clinical nurse consultant - allergy)
  • Parween Ramsahye (Hotel services manager, residential aged care WA)
  • Maria Said (NAS Co-chair; Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • NAC staff - Heather Roberts, Sandra Vale

Australian Digital Health Agency (My Health Record) project working group

  • Dr William Smith (Project Co-lead, clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Karen Wong (Project Co-lead, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Dr Dean Tey (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Pravin Hissaria (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Frank Thien (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Michaela Lucas (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Danny Agnola (Australian Digital Health Agency)
  • NAC staff - Heather Roberts, Sandra Vale

Food allergy prevention project working group

  • Dr Preeti Joshi (NAC Co-chair and Project Co-lead)
  • Ms Jodie Aiken (Project Co-lead, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Prof Dianne Campbell (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Dietitian)
  • Dr Jennifer Koplin (Director, Centre for Food & Allergy Research and Group Leader, Population Allergy, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
  • NAC staff - Sandra Vale, Heather Roberts

Allergy 250K youth project working group

  • Maria Said (Project Co-lead, NAS Co-chair, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Project Co-lead, allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Melanie Wong (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Robyn Willis (Psychologist)
  • Deirdre Brandner (Paediatric Psychologist)
  • Dr Sandra Salter (Allergy researcher)
  • Dr Tracy Markus (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Paulina Alhucema (Paediatrician, Clinical immunology/allergy trainee)
  • Val Noble (Clinical nurse consultant – Allergy)
  • Ashley Wong (Youth advisor)
  • Jaclyn Jauhiainen (Youth advisor)
  • Lauren Tabone (Youth advisor)
  • NAC staff - Sandra Vale, Lexy Akillas, Heather Roberts

Allergy 250K youth project - Perth fun day and camp organising committee

  • Maria Said (Project Co-lead, NAS Co-chair, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Project Co-lead, Allergy dietitian)
  • Pete Griffiths (Australian Camps Association)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Ingrid Roche (Allergy dietitian)
  • Val Noble (Clinical nurse consultant – Allergy)
  • Tracy Markus (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Andrew McLean-Tooke (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Tamara Farrell (Allergy dietitian)
  • Charlotte Allen (Clinical nurse consultant - Asthma)
  • Michael Casten (Medical student)
  • NAC staff - Sandra Vale, Heather Roberts, Rikki Dunstall

Previous working groups

Food allergy management in schools and CEC working group (2021)

  • Dr Wendy Norton (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Allergy dietitian)
  • Ingrid Roche (Allergy dietitian)
  • Jody Aiken (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Margot Parkinson (Goodstart Early Learning)
  • Todd Dawson (Goodstart Early Learning)
  • Briony Tyquin (Clinical nurse consultant - allergy)
  • Val Noble (Clinical nurse consultant - allergy)
  • Gary Kennedy (Food safety auditor)
  • Megan Sauzier / Anthea Brand (Federation of Canteens in Schools)
  • NAC staff – Heather Roberts, Sandra Vale

Food allergy management in hospitals working group (2020)

  • Ingrid Roche (Project Co-lead, dietitian)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Project Co-lead, dietitian)
  • Kirsten Grinter (Project Co-lead)
  • Maria Said (NAC Co-chair/Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Gary Kennedy (Institute of Hospitality in Health Care)
  • Denise Cruickshank (Dietitian, Queensland Health)
  • Suzanne Kennewell (Dietitians Australia)
  • Janine von Retzlaf (Dietitian, WA private hospital)
  • Lisa Greedy (Residential dietitian, aged care facility NSW)
  • Kylie Hollinshead (Clinical nurse specialist (allergy), NSW Health)
  • Melanie Kuser (Dietitian, private WA hospital)
  • Troy Litzow (Queensland Health)
  • Vicki McWilliam (Paediatric allergy dietitian, VIC Health)
  • Val Noble (Clinical nurse consultant (allergy), WA Health)
  • NAC staff - Heather Roberts, Sandra Vale

Allergy 250K youth project – Melbourne camp staff and volunteers (2019)

  • Maria Said (Project Co-lead, NAC Co-chair, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Merryn Netting (Project Co-lead, allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Preeti Joshi (NAC Co-chair, clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Pete Griffiths (Australian Camps Association)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Dr Melanie Wong (clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Helen Czech (clinical nurse specialist - allergy)
  • Dr Vicki McWilliam (allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Dean Tey (clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Deirdre Brandner (psychologist)
  • NAC staff - Sandra Vale, Heather Roberts, Rikki Dunstall

Allergy 250K youth project – Sydney camp staff and volunteers (2018)

  • Maria Said (Project Co-lead, NAC Co-chair, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • Pete Griffiths (Australian Camps Association)
  • Sally Voukelatos (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Project Co-lead, Allergy dietitian)
  • Dr Melanie Wong (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Briony Tyquin (Allergy nurse)
  • Nadi Fernando (Psychologist)
  • 250K Youth Advisory Team
  • NAC staff - Sandra Vale, Rikki Dunstall

Food allergy prevention project - pilot phase 2017-19

  • Dr Preeti Joshi (NAC Co-chair and Project Co-lead)
  • Maria Said (NAC Co-chair/Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia CEO)
  • A/Prof Richard Loh (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Michael O’Sullivan (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Prof Dianne Campbell (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist)
  • Dr Merryn Netting (Dietitian)
  • Prof Katie Allen (Centre for Food & Allergy Research)
  • Ms Jody Aiken (Allergy &Anaphylaxis Australia)
  • Ms Jill Smith (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy CEO)
  • Dr Alan Leeb (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)
  • Bernice Boland (Maternal Child and Family Health Nurse Association)
  • Dr Peter Goss (Australian Paediatric Society and Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
  • Jemma Weidinger (Nurse practitioner - dermatology)
  • Deryn Thompson (Nurse - dermatology)
  • Emma King (Nurse practitioner – dermatology)
  • NAC staff - Sandra Vale, Rikki Dunstall

Content updated August 2022

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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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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.