ASCIA’s Plans for 2021
21 December 2020:
As the challenging year of 2020 is coming to an end, we take this opportunity to update you on ASCIA’s plans for 2021. These plans include:
- Updating and developing more online resources to support ASCIA members, patients/carers, other health professionals and community. To read more go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/education-projects
- Advocating on behalf of ASCIA members to government and other organisations, including advice about COVID-19 vaccines in relation to allergic reactions. Submissions lodged in 2020 are listed on www.allergy.org.au/ascia-reports
- Hosting of the ASCIA 2021 Conference as a hybrid event in September and developing other CPD opportunities for ASCIA members. To read more go to www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference
- Continued expansion of the National Allergy Strategy. To read about achievements in 2020 go to nationalallergystrategy.org.au/news/newsletter-10-december-2020
- Continued expansion of the AIFA research grant program. To read about the 2020 AIFA grants go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/aifa-research-grants-2020
- Launch and implementation of the ASCIA Immunodeficiency Strategy for Australia and New Zealand. To read more go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/ascia-immunodeficiency-strategy-for-australia-and-new-zealand
Despite all the challenges in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of immunology and the need for a strong, flexible health system. Outbreaks have also highlighted the need to remain vigilant and prepared.
We hope that the new year of 2021 brings happiness and good health.
Professor Michaela Lucas