ASCIA Newsletter 4 May 2017

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ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
  ASCIA UPDATE - 4 May 2017  

ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, primary immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.



The following is a brief summary of the significant progress that has been made on National Allergy Strategy projects:

  • Teens/young adults project – A new website will be launched on Monday 26th June 2017. In the development of this resource, the project has engaged with young people through a national online survey, workshop, focus group sessions and establishment of a youth advisory group.
  • Food Service project – An online training course for food service staff and a website for food allergic consumers and their carers are in the final stages of development and will be launched in late July 2017. The video component of the online course involves professional actors and will be filmed this month.
  • Drug allergy project – A report has been submitted to the Australian Department of Health on the consultation undertaken to date. Engagement with stakeholders will continue until project completion in June 2017
  • Infant feeding project – In March 2017 a meeting of key stakeholders was held to develop strategies and messages for both the community and health professionals to assist in the implementation of the ASCIA Guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention.

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This is a reminder that Expressions of Interest for AIFA research grants ($10,000 to $30,000) are due by 2 June 2017. For more information go to

In April we launched our inaugural “Wear a spot of red for World Allergy Week” campaign. From pets to childcare centres, pharmacies, allergy clinics and even in the ASCIA office building, we were all wearing a spot of red. 

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The campaign was picked up across social media and other media, helping to raise awareness and funding for allergy research. We thank everyone for getting involved and we look forward to making this event bigger and better next year.

Also in April, AIFA and ASCIA assisted in promoting World PI Week, which is a global campaign that aims to raise awareness and improve diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiencies (PI). ASCIA information on PI can be found at: 



Thunderstorm asthma reportLast week a report titled “Review of response to the thunderstorm asthma event of 21–22 November 2016” was released by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management on the Victorian thunderstorm asthma event in November 2016, which is believed to have resulted in nine deaths.

ASCIA contributed to this report, which contains 25 findings and 16 recommendations.The Victorian government has announced a $15.56 million funding package for recommendations from this report.

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Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 May 2017: ASCIA TAPID (transplantation and primary immunodeficiency) meeting - Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Saturday 10 June 2017: ASCIA WA Immunology Day – Perth Zoo. To view the program and register go to 

Saturday 29 July 2017: ASCIA Advanced Training Meeting (Environmental Allergy), RACP Education Centre Sydney

Monday 10 to Tuesday 11 August 2017: Rhinoscopy Workshop - St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney 

Saturday 12 August 2017: 4th Biennial Brisbane Vasculitis Symposium - an initiative of ARA & ASCIA (QLD) - Translational Research Institute, 37 Kent St, Brisbane. To register email 

Registration for the following events will open soon:

Tuesday 12 September 2017: Centre for Food and Allergy Research (CFAR) Symposium – Viaduct Events Centre Auckland 

Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 September 2017: ASCIA 2017 Conference – Viaduct Events Centre Auckland 

Saturday 16 September 2017: Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium – Maritime Room Auckland

A detailed list of other events is available on the ASCIA website:  

ASCIAThe mission of ASCIA is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology, by promoting the highest standard of medical practice, training, education and research, to improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
AIFAAIFA is dedicated to improving the health of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research and raising awareness. 
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