ASCIA Newsletter 13 June 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 - 13 June 2017  

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


3 second EpiPen®s are now available

EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjectors with the 3 second label will start to enter pharmacies in Australia and New Zealand from today (13 June 2017) onwards.   

The devices have not changed, just the instructions on the label, which now include:

  • Reduced injection time from 10 to 3 seconds – this is based on research confirming efficacy and delivery of adrenaline through the 3 second delivery.
  • Removal of the massage step after the injection – this has been found to reduce the risk of tissue irritation.

EpiPen®s with a 10 second label can continue to be used and should not be replaced unless they have been used, are just about to expire or have expired.   All EpiPen®s should now be held in place for 3 seconds, regardless of the instructions on the label.  However, if they are held for 10 seconds it will not affect the way that the adrenaline works. 

To access updated ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis, ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses, the 3 second EpiPen® training video and other resources go to

AAP updates


Reminder: ASCIA 2017 Conference registration and abstract submission are now open

With an outstanding program featuring 8 international speakers and a venue located on the spectacular Waitematā Harbour in Auckland, this conference is sure to be a highlight of the year for ASCIA members and other health professionals with an interest in allergy and clinical immunology.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission and discounted earlybird registration is Friday 14 July 2017.

To register go to

To submit a poster or CGR abstract go to

To view the program go to

For other information about the conference go to

For information on what to see and do in New Zealand (pre or post conference) visit 


Meetings and events 2017 

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 

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: Dietitians Food Allergy introductory course - 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.
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