Initiatives 2019

Priorities  |  Projects |  Collaborations

ASCIA Priorities 2019

1. ASCIA Annual Conference
ASCIA Annual Conferences are a highlight of the year for ASCIA members and other health professionals working in allergy, clinical immunology and immunopathology.  In 2019 the ASCIA conference will be held in Perth Western Australia, and will coincide with ASCIA’s 30th anniversary celebrations. For more details go to 
2. ASCIA Education Project 

Implementation of the ASCIA Education Project commenced in 2018, with a significant redesign of the ASCIA website to improve access to world leading ASCIA resources. In 2019 this project will focus on promoting ASCIA resources, to increase use by health professionals, patients and carers.  ASCIA resources include:

3. National Immunodeficiency Strategy
Development of a National Immunodeficiency Strategy aims to improve the health and quality of life for Australians with primary immunodeficiencies and minimise the burden on individuals, carers, healthcare services and community. 
4. AIFA Research Grant Program 
In 2019 the AIFA grant program will be expanded, with a total of $120,000 in AIFA grants to be awarded to allergy and immunology research in Australia and New Zealand. 
For more details go to  
5. National Allergy Strategy 
In 2019 ASCIA will continue to promote the 250K youth project and the All about Allergens food service project 
ASCIA will also be involved in the national launch of the  Nip Allergies in the Bub allergy prevention project 
For more details go to
6. ASCIA Communications, Advocacy and Collaborations 
In 2019 ASCIA will continue to issue regular communications to its members and supporters on relevant and important issues.  ASCIA will also continue to liase and collaborate with government and non-government organisations, and make submissions on appropriate issues.

ASCIA Projects 2019

ASCIA Professional Development / Meetings 2019
  • National Immunodeficiency Strategy meeting in March 2019, hosted by ASCIA, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • ASCIA DAA-CAL Dietitians Course in March 2019, Brisbane, Queensland. 
  • ASCIA TAPID (Transplantation and Primary Immunodeficiency) project face to face meeting in May 2019, in addition to monthly teleconferences.
  • APID (ASCIA Primary Immunodeficiency) training meeting in May 2019.
  • ASCIA 2019 Conference (4-6 September 2019) in Perth, Western Australia.  This will be held in conjunction with the CFAR Symposium, Medical Associate, Nurse, Dietitian, Immunopathology and GP Updates, and the ASCIA-DAA CAL Dietitians Course. 
  • ASCIA Council face to face meetings in February, July and September 2019.
  • ASCIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September 2019.
  • National Allergy Strategy meetings. 
ASCIA Website / Communications 2019
  • ASCIA member and community e-newsletters will continue to be issued each month, with relevant news items also posted on the ASCIA website and social media.
  • Following a redesign of the ASCIA website in 2018, all ASCIA patient and health professional information will be reviewed and updated in 2019, as part of the ASCIA Education Project. 
  • New ASCIA Fast Facts will be available both online and as printed postcards, as part of the ASCIA Education Project.
ASCIA Food Allergy / Anaphylaxis projects 2019

Promotion of the following projects that have been completed in 2018 and 2019:

Completion of the following projects:

  • Updated ASCIA food allergy clinical updates 
  • Updated ASCIA food allergy e-training courses
  • Updated ASCIA diet sheets
  • Anaphylaxis emergency medication bag nametags and wallet cards 
ASCIA Respiratory / Insect Allergy projects 2019

Promotion of the following projects that have been completed in 2018 and 2019:

Completion of the following projects:

  • Updated ASCIA allergen immunotherapy e-training
  • ASCIA allergen immunotherapy clinical update 
  • Updated ASCIA allergen immunotherapy practical guide 
ASCIA Drug (Medication) Allergy projects 2019

Promotion of the following projects that have been completed in 2018 and 2019:

Completion of the following project:

  • ASCIA drug allergy (cephalosporin) consensus statement for clinical immunology/allergy specialists 
ASCIA Skin / Allergy projects 2019

Promotion of the following projects that have been completed in 2018 and 2019:

Completion of the following project:

  • Updated ASCIA chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) position paper and treatment guidelines 
ASCIA Primary Immunodeficiency (PID) / Autoimmunity projects 2019

Promotion of the following projects that have been completed in 2018 and 2019:

Completion of the following projects:

  • ASCIA immunodeficiency register - in final stage of development
  • ASCIA PID newborn screening position statement - in final stage of review

ASCIA Collaborations 2019

Major Collaborations (in alphabetical order)
  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and the National Allergy Strategy – Partners since 2014
  • ANZAAG (Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group) - ASCIA Annual Conference Symposium co-hosts 2011 and 2017
  • AusPollen - Partner since 2014
  • CFAR (Centre for Food & Allergy Research) - Annual symposium co-host since 2015
  • DAA (Dietitians Association of Australia) Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) - Dietitians course partner since 2018 
  • RACP (Royal Australasian College of Physicians) - Specialty Society since 1990 and Evolve partner since 2015
  • TAPID (Transplantation and Primary Immunodeficiencies) - Host since 2014
  • WAO (World Allergy Organisation) - Member society since 1990
Other Collaborations (in alphabetic order)
  • ANBS (Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy) affiliation
  • APAAACI (Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology) member society
  • ASI (Australasian Society for Immunology) affiliation
  • BCH (Better Health Channel) website content partner
  • Education Departments (NSW, QLD, VIC, WA)
  • HealthDirect Australia website content partner
  • Immunological Alliance member since 2016
  • NAC (National Asthma Council) member body 
  • NPS Choosing Wisely Australia partner since 2015
  • Patient organisations in Australasia since 2006

Content updated January 2019

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