WE NEED YOU NOW!
Call to action for all who think more needs to be done to help manage allergic disease
31st March 2016
In December 2015, ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia submitted a National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission to Minister Ley, the federal Health Minister, for the 2016 federal budget .
The National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission was based on discussions with stakeholders, the National Allergy Strategy Steering Committee and Working Groups, and the following three areas were identified as the most urgent projects requiring funding:
· Resources for teens and young adults, particularly those at risk of anaphylaxis and those with food allergy.
· Food allergy resources for food service including restaurants, cafes etc.
· Drug allergy, particularly antibiotic allergy.
To date the National Allergy Strategy has not received any government funding.
The pre-budget submission is currently with Minister Ley and is being considered.
Click here to see a copy of a pre-budget submission
Please show your support for the National Allergy Strategy, by contacting your local member of parliament and/or writing to Minister Ley.
Below are two examples that you can use and personalise where needed:
We urge you to write urgently as we have only one month to try and make a difference.
14th March 2016 - Updated ASCIA infant feeding advice and new ASCIA guidelines for allergy prevention in infants
The following documents are now available (open access) at www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-prevention
See product alert below:
24 January 2014 Undeclared milk
Food Description: Coconut drink in a can
Product Name: Green Time Natural Coconut Drink
Reason for recall: reported anaphylaxis
Best before date: 20 June 2015
APN/EAN/TUN Number: 9 334895010006
Pack Description: Green can 510ml
Manufacturer Name: Oudean Foods Factory
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Distribution: NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC and SA in Asian grocery stores and small independent supermarkets
Reason for Recall: The presence of an undeclared allergen – milk
Company Responsible: Narkena Pty Ltd
For Recall Information: 02 9738 8486
ALLERGY STRATEGY SPEECH
Anna Burke MP gave a five minute speech in Parliament at the end of last congratulating Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and ASCIA on the launch of the National Allergy Strategy and Parliamentary Allergy Alliance launch. To read Hansard extract (click here) or to view video of the speech (click here)
NATIONAL ALLERGY SUMMIT
The Allergy Summit on 7 August 2015, was a great success and the discussions from the day will guide us as we progress with implementing the National Allergy Strategy. Please visit the National Allergy Strategy website for an electronic copy of the document and to view photos from the Allergy Summit:
Following on from the Allergy Summit, the Parliamentary Allergy Alliance (PAA) was launched on Monday 10 August 2015 in Canberra at Parliament House. This event was a great success and an opportunity to raise awareness, engage with politicians and their advisors and promote the National Allergy Strategy. It was well attended by politicians including the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP. The three leading politicians founding the PAA include the Hon Anna Burke MP, Senator Richard Di Natale and the Hon Andrew Southcott MP. Further information is available from:
1.Maria Said and Isabelle Lam, 2. Dr Ching Ng, Barry Hickey, Maria Said 3. L to R: Dr Shiu Lam, Dr Melanie Wong (President of ASCIA), Dr Ray Mullins, Maria Said (President of A&AA & Deputy Chair NAS) with Isabelle Lam, Assoc Prof Richard Loh (Chair of NAS) and The Hon Sussan Ley Minister for Health & Sport 4. Dr Ray Mullins, Maria Said (President of A&AA & Deputy Chair NAS) Assoc Prof Richard Loh (Chair of NAS), Dr Melanie Wong (President of ASCIA), Senator Richard Di Natale, Dr Shiu Lam with Isabelle Lam and Anna Burke MP
- ASCIA, our peak medical body, speaks out specifically on food restrictions as part of an overall management strategy in primary school and childcare
- WA Health and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia have launched an Australia-first allergy and anaphylaxis curriculum resource for primary and secondary schools