Information updates

Parliamentary Inquiry into allergic diseases

12 September 2019

In the ASCIA 2019 Conference opening address by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced that a parliamentary inquiry into allergic diseases will be undertaken by the Standing Committee on Health. This will provide an opportunity for a thorough investigation into issues regarding the management of allergic diseases in Australia. For details go to Allergies and anaphylaxis under the microscope.  

ASCIA will lodge a submission, and we invite you to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your concerns addressing the Terms of Reference by Friday 4 October 2019, to allow us to collate a submission by the closing date of Thursday 24 October 2019.  

The ASCIA submission will focus on issues that are consistent with the following Terms of Reference that the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into and report on:

  1. The potential and known causes, prevalence, impacts and costs of anaphylaxis in Australia;
  1. The adequacy of food and drug safety process and food and drug allergy management, auditing and compliance (including food allergen labelling by manufacturers and food service providers);
  1. The adequacy and consistency of professional education, training, management/treatment standards and patient record systems for allergy and anaphylaxis;
  1. Access to and cost of services, including diagnosis, testing, management, treatment and support;
  1. Developments in research into allergy and anaphylaxis including prevention, causes, treatment and emerging treatments (such as oral immunotherapy);
  1. Unscientific diagnosis and treatments being recommended and used by some consumers; and
  1. The impact of unnecessary drug avoidance due to unconfirmed drug allergies and its management, such drug allergy ‘de-labelling’.

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ASCIA 2019 Conference Report

12 September 2019

The 30th ASCIA Annual Conference was a great success, with more than 600 registrations and an acclaimed program. Congratulations and thank you to Prof Michaela Lucas and the organising committee (Dr Chris Bundell, Rachael Dunn, A/Prof Mina John, A/Prof Richard Loh, Prof Dominic Mallon, Dr Tracy Markus, Dr Patricia Martinez, Dr Andrew McLean-Tooke, Valerie Noble, Dr Richard Nolan, Ingrid Roche, Sandra Vale).

Thank you to ASCIA staff led by Jill Smith (Rikki Dunstall, Michelle Haskard, Nadene Dorling) and ICMSA staff led by Rebecca Smith, who all worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the event logistics. Whilst ASCIA Annual Conferences are challenging to organise, they are also exciting events which provide an international standard of education and networking opportunities, that ASCIA members can look forward to each year.

Highlights of the ASCIA 2019 Conference included:

  • The ASCIA 2019 Conference opening address by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, including and announcement that a parliamentary inquiry into allergic diseases will be undertaken by the Standing Committee on Health. For details go to Allergies and anaphylaxis under the microscope
  • A highly acclaimed program that included talks by more than 60 presenters, including ten international speakers (Prof Mark Boguniewicz, Prof Mariana Castells, Prof Timothy Craig, Prof Evan Dellon, Prof Philippe Eigenmann, Dr Tomaz Garcez, A/Prof Matthew Greenhawt, Prof Peter Hellings, Prof Hugh Sampson, A/Prof Carina Venter.)
  • An excellent Antibiotic and Allergy expert panel discussion chaired by Dr Norman Swan, and supported by the University of Western Australia.
  • More than 120 abstracts submitted for posters, clinical grand rounds and clinical research presentations. Congratulations to the poster and clinical grand rounds award winners, who are listed at www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/awards-grants/ascia-award-grant-scholarship-recipients 
  • Presentations of five AIFA research grants (a total of $120,000) at the closing function.
  • A record number of sponsors and exhibitors, which continue to contribute to ASCIA Annual Conferences.
  • Participation of eight past ASCIA Presidents (Prof Connie Katelaris AM, A/Prof Robert Heddle, Prof Dominic Mallon, Dr Ray Mullins, Prof Jo Douglass, Dr Melanie Wong, A/Prof Richard Loh, Dr William Smith), as well as the current ASCIA President and President Elect (Dr Brynn Wainstein, Prof Michaela Lucas). 
  • The 14th annual Basten Oration presented by A/Prof Richard Loh www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/annual-ascia-basten-oration
  • An engaging Welcome to Country from Marie Taylor. 
  • An outstanding gala dinner in the stunning Postal Hall at the historic State Buildings in Perth.

The ASCIA 2019 Conference was held in conjunction with the highly successful sixth annual CFAR Symposium, the eighth Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium and the third ASCIA-DAA CAL (Centre for Advanced Learning) Food Allergy and Intolerance Course for Dietitians. 

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ASCIA 2019 Conference Update

30 August 2019

ASCIA 2019 CONFERENCE APP 

To improve your meeting experience, ASCIA has partnered with myINTERACT, to provide delegates with an ASCIA 2019 Conference App. Downloading the App before the conference is recommended, to ensure convenient access to all the information you may need.  The myINTERACT App is available in the Apple and Google app stores and instructions are available here pdfASCIA 2019 APP Use Guide4.02 MB

Once connected to the App you will have access to :

  • Abstracts, posters and speaker bios.
  • An interactive program with the ability to take notes.
  • A competition to win free ASCIA 2020 Conference registration with our Sponsor and Exhibitor Passport.
  • Interactive sessions with live Q&A, polling, and in-session evaluations. 

ANTIBIOTICS AND ALLERGY EXPERT PANEL

Dr Norman Swan will host an Antibiotics and Allergy expert panel in conjunction with the ASCIA 2019 Conference, on Thursday 5 September at 5.15 pm to 6.15 pm in Bellevue Ballroom 2, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.  This event is supported by the University of Western Australia and is open to the public, as well as ASCIA 2019 Conference delegates.  pdfASCIA_2019_Drug_Allergy_Expert_Panel277.49 KB

If you are not registered for the ASCIA 2019 Conference and wish to register for this free event go  to: 

SPONSORED DINNERS

Several  sponsored dinner meetings are being held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights during the ASCIA 2019 Conference week. Whilst there are no fees for these events, registrations are required. For details go to

We look forward to seeing you in in Perth next week.

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Updated ASCIA Guidelines for the acute management of anaphylaxis

30 August 2019

ASCIA Guidelines for the acute management of anaphylaxis have been updated, and the main changes are as follows:

  • Adrenaline dosage in infants, and addition of infant positioning image and wording.
  • Adrenaline dosage in pregnant women.
  • Under signs of anaphylaxis, “sudden” has been added to “Wheeze or sudden persistent cough” and an explanation how this differs to the cough in asthma.
  • Under signs of anaphylaxis, addition of “injected drug (medication) allergy” to read “Abdominal pain, vomiting (for insect sting or injected drug (medication) allergy”.

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ASCIA 2019 Conference Week: Sponsored dinner meetings

23 August 2019
In addition to the outstanding ASCIA 2019 Conference scientific program, the ASCIA 2019 Gala Dinner and the ASCIA Welcome/Closing Functions, the following  sponsored dinner meetings are being held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights during the ASCIA 2019 Conference week. Whilst there are no fees for these events, registrations are required, as shown below.

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2019

DBV: Update on Investigational Epicutaneous Immunotherapy (EPIT) in Clinical Trials
Tuesday 3 September 2019, 6.00-9.00 pm
Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park
Speakers: Prof Hugh Sampson, Prof Dianne Campbell, Maria Said
To register email Ryan Chang This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Mylan: Allergic Diseases of the Airways – Novel Insights
Tuesday 3 September 2019, 6.30-9.15 pm
Kailis Bros, 101 Oxford Street, Leederville
Speakers: Prof Peter Hellings, Prof Pete Smith
To register email Lindsay Taylor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 61 419 644 563
 
Abbott:  Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EOE) Symposium
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Old Brewery on the Swan River, 173 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth
Speakers: A/Prof Carina Venter, Prof Evan Dellon
This event is full, so no more registrations are possible.

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

The following events are being held directly after the ASCIA 2019 Conference Welcome Function (including poster rounds) on Wednesday 4 September 2019, 4.30-6.00 pm
 
ASCIA 2019 Conference Dinner Meeting for Trainees and Supervisors 
Supported by CSL Behring
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6.30-9.30 pm 
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Liberty Bar
To register email Rikki Dunstall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Abbott: Allergy Nurses Dinner Meeting
Optimising eczema care to reduce the risk of food allergy: A multidisciplinary approach
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6.00-9.00 pm
Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Speakers: Dr Meera Thalayasingam, Jemma Weidinger
To register email Fiona Bannister This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Novartis: Targeted Immune Pathways in Asthma – an Immunology Update
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6.30-9.00pm
Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Speakers: Dr Li Ping Chung, Prof Jo Douglass, Prof Philip Thompson
To register email Alex Sharpe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2019

Abacus dx: Allergy dinner
Friday, 6th September 2019, 6.00-8.00pm (The night before ASCIA Immunopathology Day)
Room 6, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 
Speakers: Dr Chris Bundell, Maria Bello, Prof Janet Davies, Chiara Campo, Dr Stephanie Richard 
 

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ASCIA 2019 Conference deadlines have been extended to 22 July

In response to several requests, the ASCIA 2019 earlybird registration and abstract submission deadline has been extended by one more week, to midnight on Monday 22nd July. Please note that no further extensions will be possible.

To register at the discounted earlybird rate go to https://www.ascia2019.com/registration.php

To submit an abstract go to https://www.ascia2019.com/abstracts.php  

Abstracts are invited for:

  • ASCIA 2019 posters (displayed from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September 2019)
  • ASCIA 2019 clinical grand rounds oral presentations (for advanced trainees only)
  • ASCIA 2019 short oral presentations for ASCIA 2019 Conference (clinical research)
  • CFAR Symposium short oral “hot publication” presentations (for food allergy research recently published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal). 

Acceptance of abstracts will be confirmed in August and they will be published online in the Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) in September 2019.

ASCIA-ANZAAG Drug Allergy Symposium 

This Symposium is being held on Friday afternoon, as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  The 8th Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium on “Perioperative allergy – A sensitive subject” is also being held in Perth, on Saturday 7 September 2019. To register for the Saturday Symposium go to http://www.anzaag.com/Events.aspx

Dietitians’ Course and Day

ASCIA-DAA Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) Dietitians Course is a two day course on food allergy and intolerance will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019. Pre-requisites for this course include completion of ASCIA anaphylaxis, food allergy, and food service etraining courses, all of which are available online free of charge. For information and to register for this course go to 

https://daa.asn.au/member-community/blog/centre-for-advanced-learning/food-allergy-and-intolerance/

The ASCIA Dietitians Day is being held on Thursday 5 September as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  There are no pre-requisites, but it is generally of most benefit to dietitians with experience with food allergy. Delegates can register just for this day, or combine it with day registration for Wednesday 4 September, registration for the CFAR Symposium on Tuesday 3 September and registration for the ASCIA-DAA CAL course (see above). 

To view the program go to https://www.ascia2019.com/downloads/ASCIA2019_Program_Dietitians_Day.pdf

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ASCIA 2019 Conference earlybird registration and abstract submission closes next Monday 15 July

8 July 2019: 

Discounted earlybird registration and abstract submission both close at midnight AEST next Monday 15 July 2019.

To register go to https://www.ascia2019.com/registration.php

To submit an abstract go to https://www.ascia2019.com/abstracts.php

To view the program go to https://www.ascia2019.com/program.php

This conference will to be a highlight of the year for ASCIA members and other health professionals, with a venue located on the spectacular Swan River in Perth and a program featuring the following confirmed 10 international speakers:

Prof Mark Boguniewicz, Prof Kaan Boztug, Prof Mariana Castells, Prof Evan Dellon, Dr Tomaz Garcez, A/Prof Matthew Greenhawt, Prof Peter Hellings, Prof Hugh Sampson, A/Prof Carina Venter, Prof Timothy Craig. 

Speaker bios can be found here. pdfASCIA 2019 Speaker Bios International1.58 MB

ASCIA 2019 Conference abstracts are invited for:

  • ASCIA 2019 posters (displayed from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September 2019)
  • ASCIA 2019 clinical grand rounds oral presentations (for advanced trainees only)
  • ASCIA 2019 short oral presentations for ASCIA 2019 Conference (clinical research)
  • Short oral presentation for CFAR Symposium (food allergy research)

CFAR Symposium 2019:  CFAR food allergy research abstracts will be selected to be included in the CFAR Symposium "Hot Publications" sessions. These will feature 3 minute presentations summarising food allergy research recently published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Please submit an abstract and citation information (journal name, date accepted) in order to be considered. Selection will take into account journal impact factor and novelty of the work.

ASCIA-DAA Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) Dietitians Course: This two day course on food allergy and intolerance will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019. Pre-requisites for this course include completion of ASCIA anaphylaxis, food allergy, and food service etraining courses, all of which are available online free of charge. For information and to register for this course go to 
 
ASCIA Dietitians Day: This event is being held on Thursday 5 September as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  There are no pre-requisites, but it is generally of most benefit to dietitians with experience with food allergy. Delegates can register just for this day, or combine it with day registration for Wednesday 4 September, registration for the CFAR Symposium on Tuesday 3 September and registration for the ASCIA-DAA CAL course (see above). 

ASCIA-ANZAAG Drug Allergy Symposium: This Symposium is being held on Friday afternoon, as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  The 8th Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium on “Perioperative allergy – A sensitive subject” is also being held in Perth, on Saturday 7 September 2019. To register for the Saturday Symposium go to http://www.anzaag.com/Events.aspx

ASCIA social events and sponsored dinners during the ASCIA 2019 Conference

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2019

Sponsored dinner meetings:

  • Abbott: EOE Symposium (Speakers to include A/Prof Carina Venter, Prof Evan Dellon)
  • DBV: Update on Investigational Epicutaneous Immunotherapy (EPIT) in clinical trials (Speakers to include Prof Hugh Sampson, Prof Dianne Campbell, Maria Said)
  • Mylan: Allergy/respiratory diseases (Speakers to include Prof Peter Hellings)

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

ASCIA events:

  • ASCIA 2019 Conference Welcome Function
  • ASCIA Presidents Dinner (for ASCIA 2019 directors, organising committee and international speakers)
  • ASCIA 2019 Conference Trainee and Consultants Dinner, supported by CSL Behring 

Sponsored dinner meetings:

  • Abbott: Nurses Allergy Dinner meeting
  • Novartis: Targeted Immune Pathways in Asthma – an Immunology Update

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2019

ASCIA event:

  • ASCIA 2019 Gala Dinner

No sponsored dinner meetings should be held on the same night as the gala dinner.

We look forward to your participation in this conference, and to seeing you in Perth this September.

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New ASCIA article on Egg Allergy and Influenza Vaccination

5 July 2019

People with egg allergy may be safely vaccinated with the influenza (flu) vaccine. Vaccination is an important method to reduce the risk of developing infectious diseases, including the flu, which is a major cause of illness and deaths worldwide. With the flu season well underway, medical professionals are receiving many queries about flu vaccinations in people with egg allergy. To assist with these queries a new document is now available on the ASCIA website.

www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/egg-allergy-flu-vaccine

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