Information updates

New ASCIA Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE) Resources

29 July 2021

It is a pleasure to announce that the following five new ASCIA eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE) resources are now available on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-other-adverse-reactions

  • ASCIA Action Plan* for EoE - for emergency treatment of food impaction/food bolus obstruction (FBO) due to EoE
  • ASCIA Management Plan* for EoE - to guide ongoing treatment and management of EoE
  • ASCIA EoE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - this replaces the previous ASCIA EoE information for patients, consumers and carers
  • ASCIA Two Food Elimination Diet (2FED) Dietary Guide - to guide dietary modification for EoE
  • ASCIA Four Food Elimination Diet (4FED) Dietary Guide - to guide dietary modification for EoE

*ASCIA Action and Management Plans for EoE are medical documents that can only be completed and signed by the patient's clinical immunology/allergy specialist or gastroenterologist and cannot be altered without their permission.

These resources have been developed by ASCIA in response to many requests over several years from ASCIA members, patients and the patient support organisation AusEE.

The development and review process has been extensive, with the ASCIA team working over several months with ASCIA EoE Working Party, ASCIA Paediatric committee and ASCIA Dietitian committee members.

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ASCIA 2021 Virtual Conference - Updated Program

It is a pleasure to announce that the ASCIA 2021 Virtual Conference Program Book has been updated on https://ascia2021.com/program.php to include:

  • 73 Poster presentations - pages 13-19
  • 20 Clinical Grand Rounds (CGR) presentations - pages 11-12
  • 18 Sponsored sessions - page 10
  • 11 AIFA research presentations - page 9
  • 27 Sponsors and exhibitors - page 2
  • 9 CFAR Hot publications - Food allergy research - pages 20-21

If you have not yet registered, it is not too late! https://ascia2021.com/registration.php 

Why Register?

The ASCIA 2021 Virtual Conference will provide delegates with:

  • An international standard of CPD/CME with more than 60 speakers, including 12 international experts.
  • Live online participation in Q&A, live chat and networking forums.
  • Flexible viewing options with recordings available on the conference platform using the latest technology.
  • Complimentary dinner meetings featuring Dr Norman Swan presenting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration provides exceptional value, with accessible fees due to support from sponsors and exhibitors.

We look forward to your participation in the ASCIA 2021 Virtual Conference.

ASCIA Online Resources Update

During World Allergy Week 2021, ASCIA is proud to announce that the 2021 versions of ASCIA Action Plans and First Aid Plans for Anaphylaxis are now available at allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis/ascia-action-plan-for-anaphylaxis.

To read about the updates that have been made to the plans go to allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/updated-ascia-action-plans 

In addition to the ASCIA Action Plans, new and recently updated world leading ASCIA online resources include:

Updated ASCIA Guidelines for the Acute Management of Anaphylaxis will be available by the end of June 2021.

Updated and new ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training courses will be available in August 2021.

There are more than 330 resources on the ASCIA website, including:

To read more go to allergy.org.au/about-ascia/website-information 

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World Allergy Week 2021

World Allergy Week (13th to 19th June 2021)

 pdfWorld Allergy Week 2021 Media Release 

World Allergy Week (13th to 19th June 2021) seeks to raise awareness of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions), that are potentially life-threatening and require immediate attention. World leading ASCIA Action Plans and First Aid Plans for Anaphylaxis provide excellent guidance on what to do in an emergency.

During World Allergy Week 2021, ASCIA is proud to announce that the 2021 versions of ASCIA Action Plans and First Aid Plans for Anaphylaxis are now available. To read more go to allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/updated-ascia-action-plans 

ASCIA is also participating in activities during World Allergy Week 2021 hosted in conjunction with the National Allergy Strategy, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and the Centre for Food & Allergy Research. This includes an event at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 17th June 2021.

Updated ASCIA Guidelines for the Acute Management of Anaphylaxis will be available by the end of June 2021.

Updated and new ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training courses will be available in August 2021.

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Updated ASCIA Action Plan for Drug (Medication) Allergy

The ASCIA Action Plan for Drug (Medication) Allergy has been updated in June 2021 and is now available on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/hp/drug-allergy/ascia-action-plan-for-drug-medication-allergy

The changes made to this plan are consistent with the changes made to the 2021 versions of the red ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis and the green ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions. To read more go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/updated-ascia-action-plans

The need for an ASCIA Action Plan for Drug (Medication) Allergy and ASCIA Record for Drug (Medication) Allergy was identified by the ASCIA Drug Allergy committee a few years ago and development of the first versions was completed in 2020.  There have also been requests for the plan for patients and parents of children who have medication allergies. 

For children who have an allergy to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) such as paracetamol or ibuprofen the ASCIA Action Plan for Drug (Medication) Allergy can now be provided to their school or children’s education/care (CEC) service.

The ASCIA Action Plan for Drug (Medication) Allergy is a medical document that can only be completed by the patient's doctor and cannot be altered without their permission. This plan should be used in conjunction with the patient’s ASCIA Record for Drug (Medication) Allergy, which has also been updated in 2021.  

The ASCIA Drug Allergy Committee includes leading clinical immunology/allergy specialists from Australia and New Zealand.  The committee is Chaired by Professor Connie Katelaris AM, who took ove this role in September 2020 from Professor Michaela Lucas (current ASCIA President), who both played a significant role in the development of these documents.

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Updated ASCIA Action Plans

Following an extensive review process by the ASCIA anaphylaxis committee, ASCIA Action Plans have been updated.  The 2021 versions of the following plans are now available at www.allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis/ascia-action-plan-for-anaphylaxis:

  • ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (RED) EpiPen®, Anapen® and Generic versions for adults or children with medically confirmed allergies, who have been prescribed adrenaline autoinjectors. Anapen® is expected to be available in Australia on the PBS from September 2021. 
  • ASCIA Action Plan for Drug (Medication) Allergy (GREEN) for adults or children with medically confirmed drug (medication) allergies, who have not been prescribed adrenaline autoinjectors.
  • ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions (GREEN) for adults or children with medically confirmed food or insect allergies, who have not been prescribed adrenaline autoinjectors. 

ASCIA Action Plans and First Aid Plans 2021The main change to the 2021 ASCIA Action Plans is that the number of positioning images has increased from three to five:

  • Each plan now includes images that show the recovery position and holding a young child flat, not upright.
  • Wording above the images has been expanded to provide more detailed explanations.

Other changes that have been made in response to requests by several reviewers are as follows:

  • The wording ‘- these are signs of anaphylaxis for insect allergy’ after ‘Abdominal pain, vomiting’ has been highlighted in bold.
  • ‘Give other medications (if prescribed)’ has been changed to ‘Give antihistamine (if prescribed)’.
  • In the left column the space for ‘Confirmed allergens’ has been expanded, wording has been updated in the family/emergency contacts, authorisation/consent and review sections, and the adrenaline doses have been reordered to start with the lowest dose of 150mg.

Current ASCIA Action Plans are the 2021 versions, however, the 2020 and 2018 versions are still valid for use throughout 2021. ASCIA Action Plans do not expire, and therefore the plan is still valid beyond the recommended review date, which is a guide for patients to see their doctor.

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ASCIA 2021 Virtual Conference Registration and Abstract Submission is Now Open

It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the ASCIA 2021 Conference, which is being hosted as a virtual event from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd September 2021.

The ASCIA 2021 Conference will provide registered delegates with:

  • An international standard of continuing professional development, with the latest research and issues in allergy and clinical immunology presented by more than 60 speakers, including 12 international experts.
  • An interactive program that allows delegates to submit questions online during live Q&A sessions.
  • Access to all sessions, which will also be available as video recordings on the ASCIA 2021 Conference platform, including concurrent programs for Nurses, Dietitians and Associate Medical Days on Friday.
  • Complimentary registration for ASCIA 2021 Conference dinner meetings on Thursday 2nd September which will be held in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
  • Opportunities to submit abstracts for posters - accepted posters will be uploaded to the ASCIA 2021 Conference platform and will be published online in a citable medical journal.
  • Opportunities for advanced trainees in allergy/immunology to submit abstracts for Clinical Grand Rounds (CGR) - accepted CGR abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.
  • Opportunities to present in the CFAR Hot Publications - Food Allergy Research session. Submissions will be made directly to CFAR, not via the ASCIA 2021 Conference website.
  • An update on research projects funded from 2015-2019 by the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA).
  • Access to updates about new products in sponsored sessions and in the 3D virtual exhibition.
  • Exceptional value, with discounted earlybird registration fees that we expect will encourage ASCIA members and other health professionals with an interest in allergy and clinical immunology to register. These reasonably priced fees are possible due to support from ASCIA 2021 Sponsors and Exhibitors.

To register go to https://ascia2021.com/registration.php

To view the program go to https://ascia2021.com/program.php

To submit an abstract go to https://ascia2021.com/abstracts.php

The ASCIA 2021 Conference program includes presentations by 12 international keynote speakers:

  • Dr Kimberly Blumenthal (USA) 
    - IgE Mediated Drug Allergy Reactions
  • Prof Wen-Hung Chung (Taiwan) 
    - T Cell Mediated Drug Reactions and Novel Technologies
  • Dr Andrew Gennery (UK)
    - TAPID Collaboration from a UK Perspective
  • Prof David Khan (USA)
    - Re-Labelling Drug Allergy
  • Prof Mark Little (Ireland)
    - Targeting Subclinical-Immune Pathology in ANCA Vasculitis 
  • Dr Rosan Meyer (UK)
    - Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) 
  • Prof Antonella Muraro (Italy) 
    - Pathogenesis of Food Allergy
  • Prof Elizabeth Phillips (USA)
    - Excipient Allergy
  • Dr Kathleen Sullivan (USA) 
    - COVID-19 and Syndromes in Children, Rubella Associated Granuloma
  • A/Prof Bernard Thong (Singapore) 
    - COVID-19 Vaccine Immediate Reactions
  • A/Prof Paul Turner (UK) 
    - Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy, COVID-19 Vaccine Delayed Reactions COVID-19 in 2021 and Beyond, Food Allergy Prevention in 2021 and Beyond
  • A/Prof Carina Venter (USA)
    - Food Allergy and Diet, Maternal Diet and Food Allergy Prevention in Children.

For more details about these speakers go to https://ascia2021.com/international-speakers.php  

The ASCIA 2021 Conference program also features presentations by local keynote speakers, including:

  • Dr Katie Allen MP
    2021 Basten Oration: A Journey from Benchside to Bedside, and Population to Politics - Why would you do it?
  • Prof Anthony Kelleher
    - Long COVID
  • Prof Connie Katelaris AM
    - Climate Change and Allergy
  • Dr Jennifer Koplin
    – Food Allergy Prevention - EarlyNuts Study Results
  • A/Prof Philip Robinson
    - Autoimmunity and COVID-19
  • Dr Charlotte Slade
    - Primary Immunodeficiency in the Adult and Elderly Population
  • Prof Mimi Tang
    - Food Allergy Treatment - Peanut Allergy OIT Trial Results
  • Prof Stuart Tangye
    - Immunodeficiency and COVID-19
  • Prof Carola Vinuesa
    - Neuritin to Prevent Autoimmune Disease and Allergies

ASCIA works in collaboration with other medical specialists and organisations, and this is reflected in the ASCIA 2021 Conference program, which includes the following sessions:

  • ASCIA-CFAR (Centre for Food and Allergy Research) Symposium on Wednesday.
  • ASCIA-ANZVASC (Australia and New Zealand Vasculitis Society) Symposium on Friday.
  • ASCIA Immunodeficiency Strategy for Australia and New Zealand Update on Friday.
  • National Allergy Strategy Update on Friday.

We greatly appreciate the support from the ASCIA 2021 Conference sponsors and exhibitors. There will be sponsored sessions each morning and on Wednesday evening, and a 3D virtual exhibition each day.

To view options for support go to https://ascia2021.com/sponsorship-and-exhibition.php

With an outstanding program and innovative virtual format, we expect that the ASCIA 2021 Conference will provide an international standard of education and networking opportunities for ASCIA members and other health professionals with an interest in allergy and clinical immunology.

We look forward to your involvement in the ASCIA 2021 Conference.

Kind regards,

Prof Michaela Lucas     Jill Smith
ASCIA President     ASCIA CEO

On behalf of the ASCIA 2021 Conference committee:

ASCIA Directors: 
Dr Theresa Cole (VIC), A/Prof Jane Peake (QLD), Dr Michael O'Sullivan (WA).

ASCIA Committee Chairs: 
Dr Karl Baumgart (NSW), Dr Lara Ford (NSW), Dr Katie Frith (NSW), Prof Connie Katelaris AM (NSW), Dr Kathryn Patchett (NSW),

ASCIA Associate Representatives: 
Kathy Beck (QLD), Dr Kathryn Heyworth (QLD), Dr Hannah Hu (NSW), Briony Tyquin (NSW).

Other members: 
Dr Tiffany Hughes (SA), Dr Preeti Joshi (NSW), Dr Dean Tey (VIC), Dr Brynn Wainstein (NSW), Dr Melanie Wong (NSW).

Thursday evening dinner meetings (restrictions permitting) will be coordinated by the ASCIA Council Area Representatives for each region: 
Dr Andrew Baker (NZ), Dr Elizabeth da Silva (ACT), Dr Narinder Kaur (NSW), Dr Jovanka King (SA), Dr Alberto Pinzon (QLD), Dr Stephanie Richards (VIC), A/Prof Kristina Rueter (WA).

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Immunoglobulin (Ig) Program Update

The latest immunoglobulin (Ig) Program Update is now available on the National Blood Authority (NBA) website www.blood.gov.au/Ig-program-updates

Ig Program Updates provide a snapshot of the NBA's current work program and priorities in the immunoglobulin space.

Current topics include:

  • Release of new educational and training resources.
  • Updates to BloodSTAR.
  • Updated data on Ig usage.
  • Commencement of an Ig Program evaluation review.
  • Ig health technology assessment (HTA) reviews by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).
  • Work on the Ig prioritisation framework.
  • Reports on Ig committee and stakeholder meetings.

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