ASCIA Newsletter August 2016

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ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
 
  ASCIA UPDATE - August 2016  
 
 
 

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

 
 
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UPDATED ASCIA ACTION PLANS FOR ANAPHYLAXIS AND ALLERGIC REACTIONS

ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis and Allergic Reactions

ASCIA has released updated Action Plans for Anaphylaxis and Allergic Reactions on its website: www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/anaphylaxis-resources/ascia-action-plan-for-anaphylaxis

The main changes are an increased emphasis of key messages, inclusion of images to show how to position a person with anaphylaxis and revised wording regarding the importance of giving the adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector first, then asthma medication in a person with severe allergy and asthma. All ASCIA anaphylaxis resources and e-training courses have been updated with the changes that have been made to the ASCIA action plans.

Instructions for the EpiPen® adrenaline autoinjector remain unchanged in Australia and New Zealand. However, ASCIA has added “Hold leg still” to the instructions on the Action Plans. For further information go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/665-updated-ascia-action-plans-for-anaphylaxis-and-allergic-reactions  

 
 

ASCIA staff changes    

It is a pleasure to announce the following staff changes that were approved at the ASCIA Council meeting in May:

  • Sandra Vale is now working full time for ASCIA as the National Allergy Strategy (NAS) coordinator, which allows her to focus on the 3 projects that have received funding in 2015-2016 from the federal government.
  • Christa Bayer has been employed by ASCIA as the AIFA Fundraising Consultant. Christa has extensive experience from her most recent role as Philanthropy Manager for a national health and education charity.
  • Michelle Haskard will continue to work on AIFA governance, grant selection process and website, as well as ASCIA governance, projects, communication, annual conference and general ASCIA business.
  • Rikki Dunstall will continue to provide a wide range of administrative and bookkeeping support for ASCIA, AIFA and the National Allergy Strategy, as well as responding to email inquiries from the public. 
 
 

RACP “WORKING TOGETHER” POLICY   

As a specialty society affiliated with the RACP, ASCIA supports the RACP "Working Together" policy for staff, trainees, fellows and associates. This policy outlines the expected code of conduct to support fair treatment for all, without bullying, discrimination or harassment. The policy is available on the RACP website: www.racp.edu.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/working-together-policy.pdf?sfvrsn=2 For further information about ASCIA go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia    
 
 

RECENT ASCIA MEETINGS

Advanced Trainees 2016

 

APID 2016 consultant and training meetings

APID 2016 consultant and training meetings were held in Melbourne (23-28 July) and involved a total of 44 delegates and 7 faculty members. Feedback has been very positive. These meetings were supported by unrestricted education grants from CSL Behring, Grifols and Shire. APID resources will soon be available on the ASCIA website. 

ASCIA penicillin allergy educational resources development meeting

The ASCIA penicillin allergy educational resources development meeting was held in Sydney (6-7 August) as part of the National Allergy Strategy. This meeting involved 15 delegates and was supported by an unrestricted education grant from Alphapharm-Mylan. ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis will be hosting a National Allergy Strategy meeting for drug allergy in late September.

 
 

Publications update 

“Increases in anaphylaxis fatalities in Australia from 1997 to 2013” by Ray Mullins, Brynn Wainstein, Dianne Campbell et al has been published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy.

The full paper is available free online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cea.12748/full 

REMINDER - SEPTEMBER MEETINGS

ASCIA 2016 Conference 13-17 September 2016
This conference features outstanding speakers, an innovative program and 95 abstract submissions. There are more than 500 registrations, but there are still places available. To register go to www.ascia2016.com/registration.php 

HAE Educational Dinner Meeting – supported by Shire
Wednesday 14 September 2016, 18.30-21.30, Central Room A, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Registration is complimentary but registration is essential. To register go to www.shiremeetings.com.au/HAEDinner 

ASCIA 2016 Trainee and Supervisors Dinner Meeting - supported by CSL Behring
Friday 16 September 2016, 18.00-21.30, Hall 4, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
RSVP rikki@allergy.org.au by Tuesday 6 September.

Other conferences and meetings are included in the ASCIA website conference calendar:
www.allergy.org.au/conferences/calendar  

 
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ASCIA 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.
 
 
 
AIFA AIFA is a charity that aims to improve the health of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research. 
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