Caring for people with severe allergies is important for all the community, with ongoing education and sharing the latest information vital to help keep everyone safe.
We encourage all schools, pre-schools, workplaces and food outlets to take an active role in making their environments allergy aware.
Content updated October 2019
The signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction may occur almost immediately after exposure or most often within 20 minutes to 2 hours after exposure. Rapid onset and development of potentially life threatening symptoms are characteristic markers of anaphylaxis.
It is important that the diagnosis of an allergy is made by a medical practitioner with experience in allergy. Never self-diagnose or rely on anecdotal information for a diagnosis. A person who is suspected of having an allergy should obtain a referral to see an allergy specialist.
There is so much to learn when you are newly diagnosed with an allergy. This page brings together lots of information to help you start your journey.
If you have a family history of allergic conditions, it makes sense to try to reduce the risk of your children developing allergic diseases. There are some simple steps you can take.
Schools and childcare centres need to be aware of their students with allergies and have strategies in place to minimise risk and manage an emergency if needed.
This information provides links to free training for childcare centre staff including cooks and chefs, and gives practical information about how to minimise the risk of a child in care experiencing an allergic reaction.
Resources that use a range of appropriate learning and teaching styles and provide clear, planned curriculum opportunities for students to understand and explore areas linked to allergy awareness.
The growing numbers of children with allergies reaching adulthood now means more and more workplaces are addressing this issue.
Progress is being made in the area of food allergy treatments, with research trials being conducted worldwide.
The food industry has an important role to play in helping people with food allergies eat out safely. Well labelled packaged foods can help people with food allergies to make informed choices about the products they buy.
First aid providers have a vital role to play in educating the general public on first aid for someone having an allergic reaction, an anaphylaxis. Current, evidence-based information is critical.