Uploading allergy information to My Health Record from your clinical software - Webinar 31 March 2022

Webinar watchingWhen you upload information about a patient’s allergies and adverse reactions to My Health Record it becomes available to a their other treating healthcare providers. This is important for their safety. Documents uploaded to My Health Record by specialists and viewed by other healthcare providers increased by 23% in January 2022.

Find out how to upload allergy information in our upcoming 30-minute webinar suitable for specialists using a range of conformant clinical software. Dr William Smith (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist) and Dr Kathy Rainbird (Australian Digital Health Agency) will explain why this is important and how you can do this directly from your clinical software. The webinar will include a step-through demonstration using Genie software, and time for questions.

Date and time: 8pm AEDT (5pm WST) Thursday 31 March 2022

Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/#register/3760776590315362830

The National Allergy Strategy Australian Digital Health Agency Project has developed fact sheets to step specialists through the process of uploading allergy information via their letters and uploading an event summary. These fact sheets and others are available on the NAS Australian Digital Health Agency Project | Health Professionals page.

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Study shows that ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention may help reduce food anaphylaxis

24 February 2022:

Baby having first solid foodA new study looking at anaphylaxis admissions reports that the rate of increase in serious allergic reactions to food among children has flattened since ASCIA (the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) updated their infant feeding and allergy prevention guidelines.

This study provides the first real-world evidence showing that changes to the guidelines encouraging the introduction of common allergy-causing foods by 12 months of age, were having a measurable impact on the population prevalence of food anaphylaxis presentations to hospital.

Dr Ray Mullins, a clinical immunology/allergy specialist who led the study stated, “A slowing in the rates of increase in food anaphylaxis admissions also occurred in those aged 5-14 years, born after the 2008 changes. These changes were not seen in older teens aged 15 and over who were born before 2008, who could not have benefited from the changing guidelines.”

This is encouraging as the National Allergy Strategy, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and ASCIA continue to promote the Nip allergies in the Bub website and create new resources to help parents introduce the common allergy causing foods.

Click here to go to the published study.

Click here to visit the Nip allergies in the Bub website.

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NEW Nip allergies in the Bub infant feeding video series

15 February 2022:

We are excited to announce a new series of short videos to help parents feed their babies the common allergy causing foods.

We have created four videos - one for each stage of feeding development. The videos demonstrate how to prepare some of the recipes from the Nip allergies in the Bub recipe booklet.

Textures of first foods  Textures of mashed foodsTextures of soft chopped foods  Textures of toddler foods

Click here to view the videos.

The Nip allergies in the Bub recipe booklet has also been updated. We have also updated to include photos of the recipes that are featured in the videos.

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Click here to view the recipe booklet. 

The Nip allergies in the Bub website provides practical advice about how to introduce the common allergy causing foods to babies and how to optimise eczema management, to help prevent food allergy.

The Nip allergies in the Bub website has undergone a major review to make sure the content is consistent with the latest food allergy prevention evidence-base and best-practice.

ReadSpeaker has also been added to the website to allow for content to be read aloud and/or translated into more than 20 languages.

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All about Allergens course gets an update and a new single course for cooks and chefs now available

19 October 2021: 

New Courses for All about Allergens

The National Allergy Strategy’s All about Allergens online training courses provide staff working in the food service sector with free and accessible education about food allergy. All about Allergens courses are available for staff working in general food service, hospitals, schools, children’s education and care, and camps. Visit https://foodallergytraining.org.au to access the courses.

NEW! All about Allergens 2021 

We are excited to offer a new and refreshed 2021 version of All about Allergens.

The original All about Allergens course was developed for workers in any food business to provide essential information about managing customers with food allergy including communication tools, reading labels, and avoiding cross contamination of food allergens when preparing and serving food. It is our most popular course, with over 1000 enrolments per month.

To ensure that the course stays relevant and appealing to the sector, it has undergone a major review. The new version:

  • Is shorter - takes around 45 minutes to complete
  • Is more applicable to food services where staff work both front of house and back of house (kitchen) roles, particularly in café and restaurant chains
  • Is interactive and engaging with information conveyed through videos, images and click through slides
  • Is up to date with the latest evidence-based best-practice and legislation changes such as those recently made to Australian labelling laws
  • Has a simplified final assessment that tests knowledge using straight forward questions.
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On successful completion, a certificate can be downloaded to forward or print for employers. Certificates of completion from earlier versions of the All about Allergens course are still valid if completed within the last 2 years.

NEW! All about Allergens for Cooks and Chefs

We have listened to the food service sector, and now cooks and chefs only need to complete one course – All about Allergens for Cooks and Chefs. Previously cooks and chefs needed to complete All about Allergens and The next step for cooks and chefs: general food service. Now cooks and chefs can access everything they need to know from one combined course which takes around 1 hour to complete.

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On successful completion, a certificate can be downloaded to forward or print for employers. Certificates of completion from The next step for cooks and chefs course are still valid if completed within the last 2 years.

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New best practice guidelines to protect children from severe allergic reactions in schools and childcare

7 October 2021

Best Practice Guidelines Schools and CEC Launch with Dr Katie Allen MP

Today Professor Katie Allen MP, launched the National Allergy Strategy released Best practice guidelines for anaphylaxis prevention and management in schools and children’s education and care (CEC) services (Guidelines) on behalf of the Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health. See the NAS Best Practice Guidelines Zoom Launch here

The Guidelines have been developed through extensive consultation with key stakeholder organisations, staff working in schools and CEC services, and parents/guardians of children attending schools and CEC services. They have been developed to provide consistent, evidence-based, best practice guidance for staff in school and CEC services, and parents. The Guidelines and associated supporting resources will reduce the risk of anaphylaxis in schools and CEC services while supporting children to participate in the full range of activities.


NAS Best Practice Guidelines Zoom Launch 7 October 2021


Guidelines supporting resources

To help schools and CEC services to meet the recommendations of the Guidelines, several supporting resources have been created. The supporting resources are designed to help schools and CEC services consider site specific issues relating to anaphylaxis prevention and management and put into place appropriate strategies to allow children at risk of anaphylaxis to safely participate fully in school and CEC service activities.

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New food allergy training available for staff working in schools and children’s education and care services

7 June 2021: 

New food allergy training available for staff working in schools and children’s education and care servicesThe National Allergy Strategy, a partnership between the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, has released free online food allergy training for staff working in schools and children’s education and care services. The All about Allergens courses provide essential information about managing food allergy including communication tools, reading labels and avoiding cross contamination of food allergens when preparing and serving food.

Every day, children with a food allergy attend a children’s education and care service or school. These children rely on the people caring for them to make sure their snacks and meals are safe to eat. It is essential that staff who prepare food and are involved in feeding and supervising mealtimes are feel supported with training about how to manage food allergy.

All about Allergens for Children’s education and care (CEC) is designed for kitchen staff (cooks and chefs), educators and teachers working in long day care, preschool/kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care, vacation and occasional care and other education and care services.

All about Allergens for Schools is designed for school canteen and tuckshop staff, cooks and chefs working in boarding school kitchens, food technology teachers and senior students undertaking food technology classes.

Staff working in these roles are encouraged to visit the National Allergy Strategy’s Food Allergy Training website (foodallergytraining.org.au) to complete the All about Allergens course relevant to them. On completion of the 1-1.5 hour training courses, a certificate of completion can be printed for employers.

The All about Allergens training is funded by the Australian Government Department Health. The National Allergy Strategy would like to thank members of the Food Service Training in Schools and CEC Working Group and the many stakeholders who contributed to the development of these courses.

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How can My Health Record help me if I have allergies?

MHR Webinar

The Australian Digital Health Agency in collaboration with the National Allergy Strategy is hosting a Webinar and Q&A on My Health Record for people with allergic conditions.

‘How can My Health Record help me if I have allergies?’

Wednesday 28 April 2021

7.30pm AEST (1 hour)

FREE: Online

Register here

Download flyer:  pdfMHR Webinar Flyer1007.44 KB

The webinar will begin with a presentation from Marwa Osman (Australian Digital Health Agency) on My Health Record followed by a Question and Answer (Q&A) session with Maria Said (CEO of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia), Dr William Smith (clinical immunology/allergy specialist) and Dr Aaron Chambers (community GP).

To submit a question, click the registration link and enter your question in the field provided.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions live, throughout the Q&A session.

This webinar will be recorded and available on the National Allergy Strategy My Health Record project website.

NEW National Allergy Strategy animations

25 March 2021

The National Allergy Strategy has developed new resources to help educate about managing food allergies and anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis positioning animation

How to position a child or an adult having a severe allergic reaction

A new animation explaining how to position a person having anaphylaxis, including when giving the adrenaline injector, has been developed. This short animation explains why it is important that a person does not stand or walk when they are experiencing anaphylaxis.

Click here to view the animation

New 250K webpages and animations

250K parties tips

The 250K school aged teens and 250K young adults websites now have new webpages and animations to help teens and young adults manage their food allergies at parties. The animations will be promoted via social media to help educate and engage teens and young adults.

250K festivals and concerts tips

New webpages and animations have also been created to help teens and young adults manage their food allergies at festivals. New webpages have been created so that teens and young adults are well informed. The animations will be promoted via social media.

Click here to view the animations

Click here to go to the 250K website

National Allergy Strategy 250K Fun Day for School Aged Teens with Severe Allergy In Western Australia

4 February 2021

250K Youth Camp

Unfortunately, the National Allergy Strategy has made the decision to postpone the Western Australian 250K Youth Camp until 2022 due to COVID-19 and border closures. Instead, the National Allergy Strategy team will be hosting a one day ‘250K Fun Day’ and are encouraging all those who were excited to come on camp to attend.  

With the borders closed we are unable to bring across a couple of key staff and also the majority of our peer mentors who are based in Sydney and Melbourne. Engaging with peer mentors is an important part of the camp and we want our Perth campers to experience the full benefits of our camp program. Therefore, the 250K camp has now been changed to a one day 250K fun day at Ern Halliday Camp in Hillarys on Saturday 27th February 2021

We will still offer a camp in WA, but it will be postponed until 2022 (most likely March or April). While we are disappointed at having to postpone the camp, we are really excited about running the 250K fun day. We will still be engaging in adventure activities, providing education and connecting the children with each other and with our two peer mentors based in Perth. We also still have clinical immunology/allergy specialists, allergy nurses and allergy dietitians attending the 250K fun day. 

There is no charge to attend the fun day and those who attend the fun day can also attend the camp next year. The 250K fun day is open for children in high school aged 10-18 years. 

Register your interest ASAP, by emailing Sandra Vale, National Allergy Strategy Manager – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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