250K Youth Camp - January 2019
The 250K youth camp held in late January, was a great success according to the campers who participated.
Here are some of the highlights from the camp held at Yarramundi YMCA in Western Sydney.
30 campers attended the camp, aged from 11-23, alongside 9 National Allergy Strategy staff and volunteers. This was the first face to face meeting of some members of the 250K Youth Advisory Team. Despite the scorching temperatures (45°C!) campers participated in all of the planned activities – their favourite being kayaking.
Other favourite activities were the giant swing, Sydney Trapeze School, high ropes, team games with Pete Griffiths (CEO of Australian Camps Association), and the medical & allied health discussions lead by an Allergist (Dr Melanie Wong), Dietitian (Dr Merryn Netting) and Allergy Nurse (Briony Tyquin).
A whopping 17 meal times were catered for over the duration of the camp – which given our group had 21 different food allergies to manage – was very impressive! Campers mentioned on numerous occasions throughout camp how well fed they were. Read more...
250K – an information hub for teens and young adults with severe allergies launched
22 June 2017
The website - ‘250K – A hub for the 250,000 young Australians living with severe allergies’ www.250K.org.au - aims to provide age-appropriate information and resources to assist young people who are living with severe allergies, and to help them to feel more connected with other teens and young adults going through similar experiences in a fun but informative way. See more...
This project has received funding from the Australian Government.
Teen/young adult project
26 April 2017
Work is progressing well with the teen/young adult project.
Focus group sessions to determine the branding and design for the resources has been undertaken and the website development is progressing well.
A Youth Advisory Group has also been established consisting of several young people who made contact during recruitment for the focus group sessions.
The teen/young adult resources will be launched on Monday 26th June 2017.
Improving allergy management for teens and young adults
26 August 2016
Teens and young adults are a high risk group for fatal anaphylaxis. There are limited resources for this group and effective ways of educating are urgently required.
The government funding will provide the opportunity to engage with teens and young adults and determine effective communication and education methods. Urgently needed resources, targeted specifically at teens and young adults will be developed based on the outcomes of these discussions.
The proposed strategy is to conduct an extensive survey inviting teens and young adults to discuss allergy management barriers, areas of need, effective communication and education methods.
Results from the survey will guide resource development and may include website development, social media platforms and online forums with mentors.
Content updated September 2018