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  • New National Allergy Strategy ‘250K’ website for teens and young adults
    June 26, 2017:  The new National Allergy Strategy youth project’s 250K website was launched today by Minister Gillespie. The 250K website is a hub for the 250,000 young Australians living with severe allergies, developed in response to a national online survey and focus groups sessions wit...
  • National Allergy Strategy funding announcement
    June 26, 2017:  It is a pleasure to advise that the National Allergy Strategy has been successful in receiving $1 million of funding over the next two years from the Australian Government.  This funding will be used to implement a national allergy prevention program. Minister Gillespie p...
  • Bee venom immunotherapy update
    June 14, 2017:   Following the previous communication earlier this year from Stallergenes Greer regarding the shortage of ALBEY honey bee venom 550mcg, the US/Canadian approved 550mcg-concentrated Hymenoptera honey bee venom freeze-dried powder has been authorised for supply under S19A (1), of...
  • 3 second EpiPen®s are now available
    June 13, 2017: EpiPen® and EpiPen®Jr adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjectors with the 3 second label will start to enter pharmacies in Australia and New Zealand from 13 June 2017 onwards.  The devices have not changed, just the instructions on the label, which now include: Reduced inje...
  • ASCIA 2017 Conference registration and abstract submission now open
    June 1, 2017:  With an outstanding program featuring 8 international speakers and a venue located on the spectacular Waitematā Harbour in Auckland, this conference is sure to be a highlight of the year for ASCIA members and other health professionals with an interest in allergy and clinic...
  • FSANZ adds lupin to mandatory allergen labelling list
    May 31, 2017:  Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has added lupin to the list of 9 allergens that must be declared on food labels, following consideration by ministers responsible for food regulation. Food businesses have 12 months from 25 May 2017 to meet the requirements. The 10 f...
  • Australian peanut allergy treatment receives $10 million in funding
    May 29, 2017:  The development of a promising new treatment for peanut allergy in children will be the first project to receive $10 million in funding under the Turnbull Government’s Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF).  The Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, and the Minister for Industry, In...
  • New ASCIA Guide for health professionals on introduction of peanut to infants with severe eczema and/or food allergy
    May 18, 2017:    A new ASCIA Guide for introduction of peanut to infants with severe eczema and/or food allergy has been developed, to provide options and information for health professionals (particularly GPs) about introducing peanut to infants with severe eczema and/or existi...
  • ASCIA Guidelines - Vaccination of the egg-allergic individual - 2017 update
    May 17, 2017:  A revised version of the ASCIA Guidelines for vaccination of the egg-allergic individual is now available, which aims to provide updated recommendations for vaccination of egg-allergic individuals, consistent with international and current Australian and New Zealand Guidelines. ...
  • Updated ASCIA anaphylaxis resources webpage
    May 15, 2017  ASCIA has recently undertaken a large systemic review of ASCIA patient information (around 90 articles) on the ASCIA website. As a result of this process we have updated the ASCIA anaphylaxis resources webpage, to make it easier to locate and access resources: www.allergy.org.au...
  • Food Allergy Week 2017
    May 14, 2017  This week is Food Allergy Week (14-20 May 2017), an annual initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of understanding food allergies to help protect those at risk. To find out about Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) activities during Food Allergy ...
  • Thunderstorm asthma review
    May 3, 2017  Last week a report titled “Review of response to the thunderstorm asthma event of 21–22 November 2016” was released by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management on the Victorian thunderstorm asthma event in November 2016, which is believed to have resulted in nine deaths. ASC...
  • Allergy testing and avoidance of allergic triggers is an important part of allergy and asthma management
    Apr 2, 2017  A media report on the Weekend Sunrise program has caused considerable confusion and misunderstanding about the role of allergy testing, with possible dangerous consequences if food allergy testing is performed without medical supervision in people at risk of severe allergic reacti...
  • Urgent TGA Medicine Recall – EpiPen 300 batches 5FA665, 5FA6651, 5FA6652, 5FA6653 (expiry April 2017)
    Apr 2, 2017  Further to the news issued on March 20, no additional batches of EpiPen® 300 adrenaline autoinjectors supplied in Australia or New Zealand have been recalled, as the most recent batches recalled were supplied in other countries.  Mar 20, 2017:   Alphapharm Pty Ltd...
  • World Allergy Week 2-8 April 2017
    Mar 8, 2017:  This is a global campaign of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) which aims to raise awareness of the impact of allergy in our communities. This years' theme is 'The Agony of Hives – What to do when hives and swelling don’t go away'. AIFA and ASCIA (as a member society of the W...
  • AIFA grants
    Mar 8, 2017: Expressions of interest for AIFA research grants are now open and are due by 2 June 2017. Research projects previously funded by AIFA grants include Jack Jumper Ant allergy treatment, understanding FPIES and the AusPollen project. For more details about these projects visit www.aller...
  • New ASCIA website resources for health professionals - AR e-training for pharmacists, PID Clinical Update, HAE Position Paper
    Mar 3, 2017:  ASCIA allergic rhinitis (AR) e-training for pharmacists  This is the latest course that ASCIA has developed for pharmacists.  The course is available free of charge at  http://etrainingpharm.ascia.org.au/   ASCIA anaphylaxis, food allergy and allergic rhinit...
  • Possible bee venom shortage in second half of 2017
    Feb 27, 2017:  The ALK bee venom manufacturing facility recently failed a FDA inspection. ALK is therefore currently unable to supply bee venom to the US. In Australia and New Zealand the Albey brand of bee venom immunotherapy is used, which is distributed by Stallergenes Greer. The manufactu...
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