ASCIA Newsletter February 2016

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ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
  ASCIA UPDATE - February 2016  

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

ASCIA 2015 Highlights

ASCIA highlights of 2015 and initiatives for 2016 

Thank you to the supporters of the ASCIA educational projects in 2015. A summary of our achievements is shown. To view a larger image go to  

ASCIA initiatives planned for 2016 are listed on  Many of the initiatives for 2016 are part of implementation of the National Allergy Strategy. Some require further funding. Please email  if you can assist. 


Vic Schools etrainingASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Victorian Schools is now online 

ASCIA has been working with the Victorian Education Department over the past 18 months to develop ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Victorian schools. This course is now available at With Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland all using ASCIA e-training as the recommended training, the majority of schools and childcare staff in Australia are now being trained using ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses. It is important to note that whilst ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses were updated in 2015, the ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis that are dated ©2015 are still current and ASCIA is not planning to update these plans this year. 
how to be allergy aware

Back to School Resources for Allergy Awareness  

ASCIA has long recognised the need for food allergy education in our schools. So we have produced a presentation of slides to improve understanding of allergy. This provides clear information to help support students with allergies and can be used as a powerful tool for teachers and students alike. These slides were produced in association with the patient support organisation Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.

Download the free slides at: under heading "How to be allergy aware: Information for school students"

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia also have excellent resources for schools

Sarah-Jane Murison, an ASCIA member and public health nurse in Waikato Health District, has written an excellent article on "Back to School with Food Allergies" in Allergy Today, the magazine produced by Allergy New Zealand.  


AIFA supportFundraising in Schools for Allergy and Immunology Research 

ASCIA encourages students and parents to fundraise for our research foundation AIFA (Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia). We are not just building awareness, we are taking action to find better treatments and cures. Hold a comedy night or an art auction and help us find out why allergy is increasing and what we can do about it. There are a lot of questions in the community about allergy and we need more research to help find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Leaflets and background information can be found under Support Resources on the AIFA home page

You can also set up a free fundraising page for your event on Donations will be sent directly to AIFA and receipts generated by this online fundraising platform. 


Michael Fries12 day ride from Melbourne to Sydney for the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) 

Michael Fries has taken raising awareness of allergy and fundraising for AIFA to a whole new level….He is going to cycle from Melbourne to Sydney in 12 days, covering a distance of 1030km. Michael was diagnosed with allergies to egg, dairy, specific nuts, some meats, animal fur and dust mites as a child and experienced a few close calls which were life-threatening. "I can empathise with the daily struggle of people afflicted with allergies and the stress and anxiety that is endured by families", Michael says.

Michael is raising money on an innovative new app that brings giving into the 21st century Giver enables people to donate just 10 cents a day ($3 a month) to AIFA. By encouraging family members and friends to join the Giver community you can enable them to inspire hope, create opportunities, transform lives and shape the future. They can support AIFA anytime, anywhere, with ease and efficiency. Through Giver and AIFA they can change someone’s world with the click of a button. Encourage your friends and family to make a difference today by downloading the app, supporting AIFA, liking and sharing GiverAUS on Facebook and visiting their website.



Other news

The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) has recently updated their guidelines on anaphylaxis, asthma and envenomation. The updated guidelines are available at  Whilst they have incorporated the majority of the changes we requested, particularly information in relation to tick allergy and not removing ticks in individuals with a history of tick allergy, there are still some areas that require further updates. ASCIA will communicate further with the ARC about these.

Congratulations to ASCIA member Professor Robyn O’Hehir AO on being awarded an Order of Australia for distinguished service to clinical immunology and respiratory medicine, as an academic and clinician, to tertiary education, and to specialist health and medical organisations.

Code of Conduct
As a specialty society affiliated with the RACP, ASCIA supports the RACP "Working Together" policy for staff, trainees, fellows and associates. This policy outlines the expected code of conduct to support fair treatment for all, without bullying, discrimination or harassment. The policy is available on the RACP website: 


Conferences and meetings calendar 

Most major conferences and meetings that are relevant to allergy and immunology are listed on the ASCIA website  

Other events 

Friday 1st April 2016, 6pm: IDFA Dinner Dance, Novotel Hotel Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW 

Friday 8th April, 6.30pm: IDFA Annual Gala Ball, Taylors Lakes, VIC

Friday 29th April 2016, 7pm: SPARCle Ball, Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW  

The mission of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology The 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.
The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) is an initiative of ASCIA. AIFA is dedicated to funding medical research and raising the profile of allergy and immune disease in Australia and New Zealand. AIFA is a charity that aims to improve the health of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research. 
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