Initiatives and Priorities 2019

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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 details go to www.ascia2019.com 
2. ASCIA Education Project 
Stage 1: In August 2018 a significant redesign of the ASCIA website was completed and launched. The ASCIA website is a trusted and extremely popular source of information about allergy and other immune diseases. Access to more than 140 ASCIA educational resources was improved by redesigning the website to be more user and mobile device friendly.  
 
Stage 2: In February 2019 new ASCIA Fast Facts on 12 topics were completed and added to the ASCIA website. ASCIA Fast Facts provide bite sized, easy to read and trustworthy information on allergy and other immune diseases for patients, carers and the community. ASCIA Fast Facts have been adapted from existing evidence based ASCIA information and have been developed as part of the ASCIA Education Project. To access ASCIA Fast Facts go to www.allergy.org.au/patients/fast-facts   These will be expanded in future to include topics that are the most popular on the ASCIA website.
 
Stage 3: In May 2019 the updating of more than 60 ASCIA patient information topics was completed. Language was revised to  make the information easier to read and understand. For details go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/ascia-patient-education-resources-reborn
 
Stage 4: In May 2019 work commenced on updating more than 60 ASCIA health professional resources, including etraining courses and this project is expected to take at least 12 months to complete. The updating of these resources is essential before evidence based standards of care can be developed.
 
3. ASCIA Submissions, Communications, 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. For details go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/ascia-initiatives#collab
4. National Immunodeficiency Strategy
A National Immunodeficiency Strategy for Australia and New Zealand is being developed in 2019. 
This strategy aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with primary immunodeficiencies (PID) and minimise the burden on individuals, carers, healthcare services and community. 
5. National Allergy Strategy 
In 2019 ASCIA will continue to promote the 250K youth project www.250k.org.au and the All about Allergens food service project www.foodallergytraining.org.au 
ASCIA has also been involved in the national launch of the Nip Allergies in the Bub allergy prevention project https://preventallergies.org.au/ 
For other details go to www.nationalallergystrategy.org.au
 
6. AIFA Research Grant Program 
In 2019 the AIFA grant program has been expanded, with more than $100,000 in AIFA grants to be awarded to allergy and immunology research in Australia and New Zealand.  For details go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au
7.  Sustainability

It is vital that ASCIA ensures sustainability of ASCIA initiatives, particularly education and e-training.

ASCIA Annual Conference and other 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, Concurrent sessions for Medical Associates, Nurses Update, Dietitians Update, Immunopathology Update 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 Education Project 2019

In 2019 the ASCIA Education Project will focus on updating and promoting ASCIA resources, to increase use by health professionals, patients and carers.  ASCIA resources include:

ASCIA educational resources for health professionals, patients, consumers and carers include:

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 DAA CAL dietitians’ course in March and September 2019
  • Updated ASCIA food allergy reference list
  • New Oral Allergy (Pollen Food) Syndrome patient information
  • Updated ASCIA food allergy clinical updates 
  • Updated ASCIA food allergy e-training courses
  • Updated ASCIA dietary guides
  • 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
  • New ASCIA allergen immunotherapy clinical update/psoition paper 
  • New ASCIA aeroallergen immunotherapy (AIT) guide for health professionals
  • New ASCIA venom immunotherapy (VIT) guide for health professionals
  • Updated ASCIA skin prick testing (SPT) for allergy diagnosis guide for health professionals
  • Updated ASCIA AIT, VIT and SPT reference lists 
ASCIA Drug (Medication) Allergy projects 2019

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

Completion of the following project:

  • New 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:

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
  • Stage 1 of the National Immunodeficiency Strategy 
  • New immune system slides and videos
  • Updated HAE position paper for health professionals
  • New HAE patient information
  • 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 Communications / Collaborations 2019

ASCIA Communications / Website
  • 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 www.allergy.org.au in 2018, all ASCIA patient and health professional information are being reviewed and updated in 2019, as part of the ASCIA Education Project. 
  • New ASCIA Fast Facts are available both online and as printed postcards, as part of the ASCIA Education Project.
Major Collaborations (in alphabetical order)
  • A&AA (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia) - National Allergy Strategy partners since 2014
  • ANZAAG (Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group) - ASCIA Annual Conference Symposium co-hosts 2011 and 2017
  • ASI (Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology) affiliation since 1990
  • 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 
  • HealthDirect Australia website content partner since 2008
  • NPS (National Prescribing Service) Choosing Wisely Australia partner since 2015
  • 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 
  • BCH (Better Health Channel) website content partner  
  • Education Departments (NSW, QLD, VIC, WA) for anaphylaxis etraining for schools since 2010 
  • Immunological Alliance member since 2016
  • NAC (National Asthma Council) member body 
  • Patient organisations in Australasia since 2006

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