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Welcome to the new ASCIA President

At the ASCIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 3 September 2020 we welcomed the new ASCIA President, Professor Michaela Lucas. Professor Lucas is a clinical immunology/allergy specialist and immunopathologist based in Perth, Western Australia, and Chair of the highly successful ASCIA Annual Conference held in September 2019 in Perth.

The ASCIA AGM Minutes are available on the ASCIA website and include the following information.


I am honoured and proud to lead ASCIA for the next two years, from 2020 to 2022. Since 1990 ASCIA has grown into a world leading, innovative and active professional society with strong and progressive leadership. ASCIA is in a fortunate position today due to the leadership of Presidents who have served before me, the active participation of ASCIA members and the leadership, support and guidance from ASCIA staff. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has presented new challenges for everyone, including ASCIA. However, with such a strong foundation I am confident that ASCIA will continue to succeed and grow, despite current issues.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Brynn Wainstein for his excellent leadership as the ASCIA President over the past two years, from 2018 to 2020. As outlined in the President’s Report there have been significant submissions and projects completed over that time, and many difficult issues addressed since March 2020. Brynn’s leadership has been critical in these challenging times. Thank you to the departing ASCIA Council members for all their work over the past few years and welcome to new ASCIA Council members, who I look forward to working with. In September 2021 I look forward to seeing you at the 31st ASCIA Conference in Melbourne which is being organised by Dr Dean Tey and his committee. In the meantime I hope everyone stays safe and well.

Congratulations to Dr Theresa Cole who is now the ASCIA President Elect.

Welcome to the following new ASCIA Council members:

  • ASCIA Drug Allergy committee chair - Prof Connie Katelaris AM (previously Deputy Chair).
  • WA representative – A/Prof Kristina Rueter
  • QLD representative - Dr Alberto Pinzon
  • SA representative - Dr Jovanka King
  • Medical Associate representative - Dr Kathryn Heyworth

Thank you to the following departing ASCIA Council members for their contributions which we greatly appreciate:

  • QLD representative - Dr Susan Perel
  • SA representative - Dr Pravin Hissaria
  • WA representative - Dr Tracy Markus
  • Medical Associate representative - Dr Victoria Smith
  • Immediate ASCIA Past President - Dr William Smith

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