What is Food Allergy Week (FAW)?
Food Allergy Week is an important annual initiative of A&AA that aims to raise awareness of food allergy in Australia. Awareness and education helps to reduce the risk of allergic reactions and effectively treat potentially life-threatening emergencies when they happen.
Food Allergy Week 2023 calls on all Australians with both food allergy and asthma to remember to use your adrenaline injector first, asthma reliever puffer second if you experience sudden breathing difficulty - it is a lifesaving order. Always follow instructions on your ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis.
Australia has one of the highest incidences of food allergy in the world and this is increasing at an alarming rate; in fact, the country has seen a 7% year on year increase in food allergy fatalities over the last 15 years, and 1 in every 10 babies born in Australia will develop a food allergy.
With no known cure for food allergy, awareness and education are most important, as an allergic reaction can quickly become life threatening. A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) must be treated as a medical emergency.
It’s important for Australians to be aware of food allergies, know the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction and know how to respond in an emergency. A great way to help raise awareness is to show you care by getting involved in Food Allergy Week.
Jo Abi is a writer and media commentator at Nine Digital, contributing to 9Honey.com.au, Nine.com.au as well as various TV shows including the TODAY show. She has three children, one of whom suffers from severe food allergies. Jo is passionate about educating others about the seriousness of food allergies and the importance of food safety.
The Wiggles are the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1991. Having performed for over 30 years, it’s now the case that children who once saw the fab four of fun are now bringing their children to enjoy the best in early childhood entertainment!
The Wiggles have been a long-time supporter of Food Allergy Week and have helped raise awareness of food allergy among Australians of all ages. We’ve written a children’s story book called Tommy’s Big Birthday with them . The Wiggles have even written a song called Ooey, Ooey, Oey Allergies!