Nominations now open for Be a MATE and Dr John Rhuno Awards - 31 January 2019

Be a MATE and Dr John Ruhno Awards—nominate those who have supported you in your allergy management

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Dr John Ruhno and Be a MATE Awards. The Be a MATE Award is presented to a school or childcare or other service (i.e. camp), and the Dr John Ruhno Award is awarded to an individual (or organisation) in the Australian community who has made a difference to life with food allergy. These awards recognise the outstanding contributions to and significant support for our ‘Allergy Aware’ community throughout each calendar year. We encourage you to nominate a person/people (or an institution) who has made living with allergy easier. The nominees may have set an example by leading the way in:

  • promoting respect for those living with the risk of anaphylaxis
  • implementing manageable allergen minimisation strategies
  • demonstrating quality care and knowledge
  • increasing awareness of allergies and what can be done to support those living with them
  • understanding the needs of those living with food allergy
  • communicating on behalf of those who live with the risk of anaphylaxis
  • encouraging open communication about food allergy needs or
  • improving the quality of life of someone with allergic disease in some way.

In about 500 words, tell us why you feel your nominee is worthy of the award. Remember, the Dr John Ruhno Award is for an individual/workplace and the Be a MATE award is for schools or childcare centres. Entries can be sent through contact us or: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia Awards, PO Box 7726, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153. Entries close on 1 March 2019 and winners will be announced during March 2019.

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