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Food Allergy Week 2024

Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergy including anaphylaxis. During Food Allergy Week, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia is calling on all Australians to unite to help increase awareness and share information on what we can all do to improve safety for people who live with food allergies.

  • When eating out always ask | always tell

When eating out with food allergy – always ask, always tell

FOOD ALLERGY WEEK 26 May – 1 June 2024

Food Allergy Week is an initiative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and is dedicated to promoting community understanding of food allergy, to help protect those at risk of anaphylaxis. 

Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world, with more than 1.5 million Australians living with a food allergy. We also have one of the highest rates of hospital anaphylaxis admissions in the world. There has been a 51% increase in anaphylaxis presentations to emergency departments in a 5-year period, growing to more than 11,500 per year. 

The theme for Food Allergy Week 2024 is: When eating out, Always Ask, Always Tell

The risk of an allergic reaction increases significantly when eating out or eating anywhere away from home. 

Telling people about your food allergy can feel awkward, like you’re ‘making a fuss’ or making it harder for others - putting people with food allergy at risk of social isolation and an allergic reaction. 

But everyone living with food allergy, and those around them, need to become more ‘allergy aware’ - because not talking about it and presuming food is safe increases the risk of a serious allergic reaction.

We are here to help

At Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, trained allergy educators on our free helpline are available to talk you through your food allergy management questions and point you in the right direction for the best medical care. If you subscribe, we will email you bi-monthly Allergy News as well as allergen related food recalls, research opportunities and more. It's free to subscribe.

You can also follow us on our social media channels for the latest updates and information: InstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.

Reaching out for help if you think you or a loved one has food allergy, or soon after being diagnosed, can help to make food allergy management easier. We are here to listen and share evidence-based information and advice. We know it can be a difficult journey, but you can be supported by people who understand life with food allergy.

How can you help?

We ask all our members, subscribers and friends to share our Food Allergy Week resources through your social media networks, inform those around you, and help raise awareness about everyday management of food allergy.

You can also download our free resources to display and share in schools, early childhood centres, workplaces, and other locations in your community.

IN AN EMERGENCY

If you are having an allergic reaction follow advice on your ASCIA Action Plan.

If in doubt, give the Anapen® or EpiPen®.

Do not call us for emergency advice.

If you do not have an ASCIA Action Plan and/or an Anapen® or EpiPen® call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.