About ASCIA

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) was established in 1990 as the peak professional body of clinical immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand. ASCIA is a Company limited by guarantee (ACN 608 798 241; ABN 45 615 521 452) and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/e79f36de081f49213f96361b173c5d91

This webpage includes the following information about ASCIA:

ASCIA Mission  

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 immune system disorders.  These include allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.

ASCIA Objectives

  1. Standards - Promote the highest standards of allergy and immunology medical training, practice and care.
  2. Education - Provide high quality allergy and immunology education for ASCIA members, other health professionals, patients, consumers and carers.
  3. Advice - Utilise ASCIA and stakeholder expertise to address allergy and immunology issues, provide advice and representation to government and other organisations.
  4. Advocacy - Increase the profile of allergy, immunology and immunopathology and advocate for patients.
  5. Research - Promote and fund research to improve health and quality of life of people with allergy and other immune diseases.
ASCIA Affiliations

ASCIA is a member society of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) and the Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI). ASCIA is also affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) as a specialty society.  

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: www.racp.edu.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/working-together-policy.pdf?sfvrsn=2

ASCIA Membership

ASCIA members are health professionals who work in the areas of allergy, clinical immunology and immunopathology. Currently there is a total of 680 ASCIA members, comprising 263 Full ASCIA members and 417 ASCIA Associates. All members are listed on the members section of the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/members/directory

Full ASCIA members are mainly clinical immunology/allergy specialists and they are listed on the ASCIA website How to loccate a specialist section www.allergy.org.au/patients/locate-a-specialist

ASCIA Associates include medical practitioners (e.g. GPs, paediatricians), other health professionals (e.g. nurses, dietitians, pharmacists), scientists/researchers, trainee clinical immunology/allergy specialists and retired ASCIA members.  There are currently: 

Membership applications are available from the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/members/apply

ASCIA members diagnose, treat and manage patients with allergies, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.

Allergic diseases are amongst the fastest growing chronic disease and public health issues in Australia and New Zealand, affecting around 20% of the population. They include food, insect and drug allergies, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and eczema. Allergic diseases, particularly food allergy and drug allergy, are increasing in prevalence, complexity and severity.  The most severe type of allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis, which is potentially life threatening. 

Immunodeficiency diseases are serious, potentially life threatening conditions that are increasing in number and complexity. Delay in diagnosis of immunodeficiency disease leads to poor health outcomes and premature death.

There are more than 100 different autoimmune diseases that affect around 5% of the population and if not appropriately managed, these can lead to significant disability. 

ASCIA Initiatives 

1: Standards

2: Education

3: Advice

4: Advocacy

5: Research

6: Sustainability

 It is important in the long term that ASCIA: 

Further information 

www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/website-information
www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/ascia-initiatives  
www.allergy.org.au/ascia-reports  
ASCIA Committees and working parties

The following ASCIA committees are standing committees of the ASCIA Council, with representation on Council:

In addition to the above mentioned committees there are ASCIA working parties and interest groups, which are not standing committees of the ASCIA Council.

Further information is available at www.allergy.org.au/members/committees 

For qualifications of members go to www.allergy.org.au/patients/locate-a-specialist 

ASCIA Sponsorship 

ASCIA educational activities include:

ASCIA educational activities are dependent on:

For more details about sponsors and the ASCIA sponsorship policy go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/sponsors 

ASCIA Conferences and meetings 

ASCIA Annual Conferences are usually held in September, with locations rotating between Australian states and New Zealand on approximately a six year cycle. Further information is available at www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference

In addition there are more regular educational meetings for ASCIA members which are organised by local ASCIA area representatives. Sponsorship of these meetings is not included in the ASCIA sponsorship categories listed above, as they are regional specific events.

ASCIA Update Newsletter

ASCIA Update is a free e-newsletter that provides current news to the community about new or updated resources and other relevant information about allergy and other immune diseases. You can subscribe by simply entering your name and email address in the section under ASCIA Update on the right hand side of the ASCIA website homepage www.allergy.org.au 

Subscriber details remain confidential. To review our privacy information go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/disclaimer-and-privacy#privacy  

If you no longer wish to receive the ASCIA Update e-newsletter you can unsubscribe at any time. 

Previous issues are available open access at www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/updates 

A brief history of ASCIA

There have been considerable advances in our knowledge of immune system disorders over the last 50 years through research and clinical practice. This has resulted in:

In 1953 the Australian Society of Allergists (ASA) was registered under the auspice of the British Medical Association (Australia) and in 1962 the ASA was incorporated. In 1970 the Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI) was established and ASA became the Australian College of Allergists, which later changed its name and constitution to become the Australian College of Allergy (ACA).

In 1990 the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) was established, by amalgamating the ACA with the ASI Clinical Immunology Group (CIG). (Reference: Donald, Gwen. ACA Newsletter 9; 1990). 

Since it was formed in 1990 ASCIA has grown into a world leading, innovative and active professional society with strong and progressive leadership.  The current ASCIA President is Dr Brynn Wainstein and past ASCIA Presidents are listed at www.allergy.org.au/members/ascia-past-presidents 

From 1990 to 2000, ASCIA built a strong foundation for the future, including:

From 2000 to 2010 ASCIA established an education focus, including:

From 2010 to 2019 ASCIA has significantly expanded its education, training and advocacy. Highlights include:

Another major highlight of 2019 was the purchase of a new purpose designed office for ASCIA, to enable the Society to sustain its operations and continue to grow. In July 2019 the new ASCIA office hosted its first ASCIA Council meeting.

For more information about specific items go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/ascia-initiatives

Content updated October 2019