ASCIA Newsletter 18 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 - 18 May 2017  

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


New ASCIA Guide for health professionals on introduction of peanut to infants with severe eczema and/or food allergy

ASCIA Food introduction guidesThis new Guide provides options and information for health professionals (particularly GPs) about introducing peanut to infants with severe eczema and/or existing food allergy.  These infants are considered to have an increased risk of developing peanut allergy. This guide should be used in conjunction with ASCIA Guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention.  Updated parent information on how to introduce solid foods for allergy prevention is also available.

Health professionals can access all 3 documents at

Parents can access the updated information about how to introduce solid foods for allergy prevention and the Guidelines at


Updated ASCIA Guidelines - vaccination of the egg-allergic individual

These updated Guidelines aim to provide updated recommendations for vaccination of egg-allergic individuals, consistent with international and current Australian and New Zealand Guidelines, and are available on the ASCIA website:

For a summary of the revisions go to


Updated ASCIA anaphylaxis resources webpage

ASCIA anaphylaxis resourcesASCIA has recently undertaken a large systemic review of ASCIA patient information (around 90 articles) on the ASCIA website.  As a result of this process the ASCIA anaphylaxis resources webpage has been updated, to make it easier to locate and access resources:

This webpage can now be easily accessed from the ASCIA website homepage and includes quick links to world leading resources, including ASCIA Action Plans ad ASCIA e-training courses.  ASCIA anaphylaxis resources are applicable to Australia and New Zealand, and are available free of charge.


Australian Food Allergy Foundation 2017 food allergy and anaphylaxis research grants

The Australian Food Allergy Foundation is currently tendering for Australian based expressions of interest for their 2017 research grants.  Applications for 2017 grants of up to $50,000 will be considered.  Applications close Thursday 8th June 2017.  To apply, please refer to the AFAF website  or email

One of the key purposes of the Foundation is to promote and fund research related to prevention and treatment of food allergy. The Foundation is calling for expressions of interest for funded grants that fulfil this purpose. This year, preference will be given to grant applications addressing research questions related to tree nut allergy and to persisting cow’s milk and egg allergy (i.e. cow’s milk and egg allergy in older children and adolescents). However, all applications will be considered in the review process.



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


Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) membership is now free 

Membership of A&AA is now free and as a member you will receive regular communications including food products changes and recalls. To join go to 


Meetings and events 2017 

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. To register email 

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 is now open for the following events:

Tuesday 12 September 2017: CFAR Symposium – Viaduct Events Centre Auckland 

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

Saturday 16 September 2017: 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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