- Code of Conduct
- Initiatives and Priorities
- Committees and Working Parties
- Conferences and Meetings
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) was established in 1990 as the peak professional body of clinical immunology/allergy specialists in Australia and New Zealand. ASCIA is a Company limited by guarantee (ACN 608 798 241; ABN 45 615 521 452) and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/charities/74feaaa8-38af-e811-a963-000d3ad24077/profile
ASCIA's purpose is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology.
This is achieved by promoting the highest standard of medical practice, training, education and research, to improve the quality of life and health of people with immune system disorders. These include allergies, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
ASCIA works towards achieving its purpose by focusing on strategic areas and goals listed below. Details about priorities within these focus areas for 2023-2024 are on the ASCIA website
- Member Services - Goal: Promote the highest standards of allergy and immunology training, practice and care through providing online ASCIA resources, communications, advocacy and allergy/clinical immunology research grants for ASCIA members.
- Professional Development - Goal: Provide professional development opportunities including education and training in allergy and clinical immunology for ASCIA members, other health professionals, patients, carers and community.
- Collaborations - Goal: Work together with patient/carer, professional and research groups to increase the profile of allergy and clinical immunology and improve health outcomes.
All of the three strategic focus areas listed above depend on utilising the clinical and academic expertise of ASCIA members and project management by ASCIA staff, working together with contractors.
A new ASCIA Strategic Plan 2024-2026 is being developed in 2023, based on the Purpose, Strategic Focus Areas and Goals listed above, and findings from the ASCIA Priorities Report 2022-2023
ASCIA is a member society of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) and the Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI). ASCIA is affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) as a Specialty Society.
ASCIA acknowledges and pays respect to past, present and emerging traditional custodians and elders of the lands on which we live and work, and recognises the continuing connection to land, sea and culture of all first nations people.
ASCIA relies on the highly valued work from employees, contractors and the voluntary contributions of ASCIA members.
ASCIA staff and contractors are listed at www.allergy.org.au/members/committees#d
The ASCIA employment and contracting policy is available here:
The ASCIA COVID-19 Office Safety Plan is available here:
ASCIA is committed to ensuring that all ASCIA employees, contractors and members behave towards each other with fairness, dignity, courtesy and respect, without bullying, harassment or discrimination.
ASCIA members are health professionals who work in the areas of allergy, clinical immunology and immunopathology. As of July 2022, there are 749 ASCIA members, comprising:
- 287 Full ASCIA members, who are mostly clinical immunology/allergy specialists and they are listed on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/patients/locate-a-specialist
- 79 Associate (Trainee) members, who are completing their advanced training to become clinical immunology/allergy specialists.
- 136 Associate (Medical) members, who are medical practitioners who manage some patients with allergic conditions, but are not clinical immunology/allergy specialists.
- 185 Associate (Other Health Professional) members, including 124 nurses and 46 dietitians.
- 39 Associate (Scientist/Researcher) members.
- 23 Retired ASCIA members.
All current ASCIA members are listed on www.allergy.org.au/members/directory (members section of the ASCIA website).
Membership applications are available from the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/members/apply
For details about ASCIA initiatives and priorities go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/ascia-initiatives
ASCIA committee chairs are represented on ASCIA Council. In addition there are several ASCIA working parties and collaborations, which are not all represented on ASCIA Council.
Further information is available at www.allergy.org.au/members/committees
Terms of Reference for ASCIA committees and working parties is available at www.allergy.org.au/members/committees/terms-of-reference
For qualifications of ASCIA members go to www.allergy.org.au/patients/locate-a-specialist
ASCIA provides education, training and professional development opportunities, which are accessed by:
Health professionals - including ASCIA Annual Conferences, ASCIA educational meetings, TAPID meetings, ASCIA advanced training meetings, ASCIA online resources and e-training courses.
Patients and carers - including ASCIA online information.
ASCIA educational activities are dependent mainly on income from ASCIA Annual Conferences, ASCIA annual membership fees, educational grants from governments for specific projects and unrestricted educational grants from industry.
For information about ASCIA sponsorship go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/sponsors
ASCIA Annual Conferences are usually held in late August or early September, with locations rotating between Australian states and New Zealand on approximately a six year cycle. Further information is available here.
In addition there are more regular educational dinner meetings for ASCIA members which are organised by local ASCIA area representatives. Further information is available here.
ASCIA members receive a monthly e-newsletter as part of their membership entitlements, which includes information that is specific for ASCIA members.
A similar e-newsletter is available for health professionals who are not ASCIA members, the media, industry and the community, to provide news about allergy and other immune diseases. Previous issues are available at www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/updates
You can subscribe by simply entering your name and email address in the section under ASCIA Update on the right hand side of the ASCIA website homepage www.allergy.org.au
Subscriber details remain confidential and you can unsubscribe at any time. To review our privacy information go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/disclaimer-and-privacy#privacy
Webpage updated September 2023