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First National Allergy Strategy launched
Australian children and adults with allergy are often being poorly managed, with resources being wasted and their health and wellbeing at risk - but the launch of the new National Allergy Strategy has solutions.
The National Allergy Strategy has been developed over the last 12 months involving scores of experts and over 50 stakeholder groups, including consumers, who have sifted through the evidence, consulted widely and produced coherent, achievable options for governments, health organisations, food industry and employers. Led by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), as the leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia, the Strategy aims to address public health issues relating to the rapid and continuing rise of allergy in Australia and improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, their families and carers, and the community.
Anna Burke, MP speaking in Parliament about the launch of the National Allergy Strategy.
More than 4 million Australians are affected by allergic disease. Last week saw the launch of the National Allergy Strategy, which if implemented across Australia has the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for people living with allergies and anaphylaxis.
Terry's young daughter Nina has an allergy to peanuts and may develop life threatening anphylaxis after exposure to them.
On February 21, 2015, Terry bravely attempted the Rottnest swim to raise money for allergy research and to help inform people about anaphylaxis. The conditions were tough and Terry gave his all. He also raised an amazing $3480 for AIFA. It was a team effort of family and friends.
Terry started a conversation about allergy with his family and friends. He will always hold a special place in AIFA's history as one of our first motivated individual fundraisers. Cheers Terry.
National Allergy Summit on The Today Show Channel 9
Dr Wendy Norton, A/Prof Richard Loh and Ms Lisa Wilkinson, co-host The Today Show Channel 9, discussed the National Allergy Summit aimed at developing a coordinated approach to allergic disease across the country.
The world's first Allergy Summit took place in Sydney on August 8th. There were 60 invited participants including consumers and a wide range of medical specialists and key organisations from across Australia. This Summit was convened in partnership by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).
The scope of discussions included the impact of allergic diseases, their cost, the need for improved access to care, standards of care, education and training, research and policy, with a focus on possible solutions.
"The Allergy Summit was a great step forward, bringing together key representatives from a large number of backgrounds to work together to identify goals and strategies to address a major chronic disease affecting a large proportion of the Australian population." says Dr Melanie Wong, a leading specialist Allergy and Immunology physician and President-Elect of ASCIA.
"The Allergy Summit was the beginning of a new phase in the management of allergic diseases in Australia," said Dr Wong.
"The aim of the National Allergy Strategy will be to improve access to appropriate healthcare services and improve the quality of life of people with allergic diseases and those who care for them," says Associate Professor Richard Loh, President of ASCIA.
"We all agreed on the need for a National Allergy Strategy," says Maria Said, President of A&AA.
The National Allergy Strategy will be developed over the next six months and further funding will be sought to hold an implementation meeting in April 2015.