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Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis - Report Released

Updated 1 July 2020

The Report on the Parliamentary Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis Walking the allergy tightrope - Addressing the rise of allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia was tabled on Monday 15 June 2020 in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.  pdfWalking the allergy tightrope1.15 MB

ASCIA welcomes the recommendations in the Report and the recognition of ASCIA’s pivotal and leading role in improving the care of Australians with allergic disease. 

ASCIA takes this opportunity to thank the Health Minister, Hon Greg Hunt MP for the continued recognition, acknowledgement and support of issues regarding allergies and anaphylaxis by the Australian government, which led to his announcement of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis at the national ASCIA Conference in September 2019.

ASCIA also thanks the Committee Chair, Trent Zimmerman MP, Deputy Chair, Dr Mike Freelander MP, panel members including Dr Katie Allen MP, and the committee Secretariat for their excellent work in conducting this Inquiry, as well as the individuals and organisations who made submissions to the Inquiry.

ASCIA is looking forward to working closely with the Australian Government over the coming months in response to the Report recommendations. 

To view the Australian Government media release about the Report go to:
https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/House_of_Representatives/About_the_House_News/Media_Releases/Walking_the_allergy_tightrope
 
To view the Report go to: 
https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Health_Aged_Care_and_Sport/Allergiesandanaphylaxis/Report

To view the ASCIA submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis, the ASCIA opening address to the Inquiry hearing and the ASCIA pre-budget 2020-2021 submission go to www.allergy.org.au/ascia-reports#s1

Whilst ASCIA supports all of the recommendations in the Report, we believe that implementing certain key recommendations as a priority will address major issues and result in significant improvements to the health of Australians with allergic disease, with immediate and long term impact. We have grouped the relevant issues along common ‘themes’ as shown in the table below.

 Issues

Report recommendations

Education, Training and Resources for Health Professionals

5

Access to Care – Workforce, Telehealth and MBS Item Numbers 

6, 7, 8, 13, 23

Collaborations and Research

1, 2

Implementation of these Report recommendations (listed below) will:

Education, Training and Resources for Health Professionals

Recommendation 5:

The Committee recommends that the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) receive ongoing long term funding to continue its partnership work with the Department of Health and the National Allergy Strategy, to develop minimum standards of allergy training for health professionals including:

Access to Care – Workforce, Telehealth and MBS Item Numbers

Recommendation 6 

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government provide telehealth funding support for doctors and allied health workers in order to provide professional services and support to allergy patients in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Recommendation 7  

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government consider a Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) item number for food challenges carried out by appropriate clinicians.

Recommendation 8  

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government provides funding for a public health system drug de-labelling program including:

Recommendation 13

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with states and territories to:

Recommendation 23  

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government give consideration of how best to increase the utilisation of nurses and allied health care workers to support the care of patients with allergic disease.

Collaborations and Research

Recommendation 1 

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with the states and territories to establish a National Centre for Allergies and Anaphylaxis in Australia, to ensure there is a national standardised approach to allergy management.  

Recommendation 2  

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government dedicate additional funding into food allergies and anaphylaxis research, in particular funding for: