13 September 2018
National Allergy Strategy Event – Parliament House, Canberra
The National Allergy Strategy held an event at Parliament House in Canberra on the 16th August 2018 to celebrate the National Allergy Strategy achievements to date and to call for ongoing funding.
Speakers at the event included Minister Greg Hunt, Minister Ken Wyatt, Senator Richard Di Natale, Shadow Health Minister Catherine King, as well as consumers who shared their experiencesy, Mr Barry Hickey and Ms Jaclyn Jauhiainen.
In his speech, Minister Hunt announced 5 years of funding for the National Allergy Strategy. We are very appreciative of this funding support and will continue to keep you informed of initiatives that we will be progressing with this funding.
The event was well attended by supporters of the National Allergy Strategy, including politicians, stakeholder organisations, health professionals and individuals.
Nip allergies in the Bub – project launch
On Monday 27th August 2018, the Food Allergy Prevention Project pilot phase was launched in WA. The Nip allergies in the Bub website, developed as part of this project, aims to provide practical information to parents about when and how to introduce the common allergy causing foods as well as how to optimise eczema management for allergy prevention.
The website includes food ideas, videos and infographics to assist parents. It also houses information for health professionals including free online training courses. A 1300 support line for parents and health professionals has also been established. This infoline is staffed by trained health professionals.
This project has received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
Food allergen management in hospitals project
Several resources have been developed to help improve food allergen management for food service providers in hospitals and other institutions.
The following resources are designed to be used together to provide a complete resource kit for food allergen management. They can be freely downloaded and adapted for individual sites.
- Food Allergen Management in Food Service: A Best Practice Guideline developed by Queensland Health in partnership with the National Allergy Strategy.
- Food allergy and intolerance policy template
- Food allergy and intolerance audit tool template
- Food allergy ingredient substitution tool
In addition, a Food Allergy and Intolerance Menu Assessment Tool for dietitians has been developed in partnership with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). This resource will be freely available to DAA and ASCIA member dietitians from the member sections of both the DAA and ASCIA websites.