ASCIA Newsletter March 2016

This email contains pictures, if you don’t see them, view it online
 
ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
 
  ASCIA UPDATE - March 2016  
 
 
 

ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.

 
 
--
 
ASCIA primary immunodeficiency (PID) e-training for health professionals

ASCIA PID e-training for health professionals

ASCIA primary immunodeficiency (PID) e-training for health professionals is now available free of charge from the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/health-professionals-e-training

The main objectives of this course are to:

  • Increase awareness of PID amongst general practitioners, paediatricians and general physicians.
  • Promote early recognition and referral to a clinical immunologist to improve management of patients with PID in Australia and New Zealand.
 
 

mother and babyUpdated ASCIA infant feeding advice and new ASCIA guidelines for allergy prevention in infants 

The following documents are now available (open access) at www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-prevention

  • ASCIA Infant Feeding Advice – This document is based on recently published studies that do not support delayed introduction of allergenic foods in infants and do not support the use of partially hydrolysed formula for allergy prevention. This document also includes general information about how to introduce solids foods to infants. Old printed versions (2008, 2010) should be discarded as some of the information is now out of date.
  • ASCIA Guidelines for Allergy Prevention in Infants – This document provides more detailed information and references and is a useful resource for health professionals, patients, consumers and carers. These Guidelines replace the ASCIA Allergy Prevention in Children Position Paper (2010) and the ASCIA Allergy Prevention in Children patient brochure, developed in 2005 and updated in 2008 and 2010. Old printed versions of these documents should be discarded as some of the information is now out of date.

Both of these documents have been written for patients, consumers and carers, who can either directly access them from the ASCIA website or have them provided by their doctor or other health professional. The media release about these documents is available on the ASCIA website homepage www.allergy.org.au  It is important to note that since 2008 ASCIA has not recommended delayed introduction of allergenic foods in infants and recently published studies have provided further evidence to support these recommendations.

 
 

EOI for Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) research grants are now open  

Expressions of interest (EOI) for the next round of AIFA research grants are now open and will close on 17th June 2016. To obtain an EOI form go to the AIFA website www.allergyimmunology.org.au/grants

To make a tax deductible donation to AIFA to fund research into allergy and other immune disease go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/support-aifa

Thank you in advance for your support. 

 
 

Adrenaline autoinjector expiry dates should be checked on the device  

Following recent reports from some pharmacies in Victoria regarding a discrepancy between the expiry date on EpiPen® adrenaline autoinjector devices and the expiry date on the box (carton), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a notification on its website: www.tga.gov.au/alert/epipen-300-microgram-adrenaline-injection-syringe-auto-injectors

The ASCIA webpage about adrenaline autoinjector expiry dates states: It is important that the expiry date on the adrenaline autoinjector device (e.g. EpiPen) is checked and noted, rather than the expiry date on the box (carton).
www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/anaphylaxis-resources/adrenaline-autoinjector-storage-expiry-and-disposal  

 
 

EVENTS 

Sunday 20th March, 10am: The GiverAus/Allergy Immunology Foundation of Australasia 12 day ride from Melbourne to Sydney starts, The Palais Theatre carpark, St Kilda, VIC.
Donate at www.givercharityapp.com

Wednesday 23rd March, 5.30-7.30pm: Scleroderma Seminar, John Gebhart Centre, Newcastle
Email HNELHD-ARRC@health.nsw.gov.au 

Friday 1st April 2016, 6pm: IDFA Dinner Dance, Novotel Hotel Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
www.idfa.org.au/ 

Friday 8th April, 6.30pm: IDFA Annual Gala Ball, Taylors Lakes, VIC
www.idfa.org.au/resources

Friday 29th April 2016, 7pm: SPARCle Ball, Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW
schn-allergychw@health.nsw.gov.au  

21st–26th August 2016, International Congress of Immunology (ICI) 2016 in Melbourne.
Early bird registration is available at www.ici2016.org and the deadline is 11th May 2016.
 
---
 
 
The mission of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology The mission of ASCIA is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology, by promoting the highest standard of medical practice, training, education and research, to improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
 
 
 
The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) is an initiative of ASCIA. AIFA is dedicated to funding medical research and raising the profile of allergy and immune disease in Australia and New Zealand. AIFA is a charity that aims to improve the health of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research. 
Donate here…
 
     
 
 
twitterfacebookwww.allergy.org.au | contact us
Prefer not to receive our news anymore