Media Release Archive

Media release 18th May 2016 - Great result for Infant Feeding Guidelines Consensus


TEENS WITH ASTHMA AT INCREASED RISK OF LIFE THREATENING ANAPHYLAXIS 


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVESTS $500K TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR AUSTRALIANS WITH ALLERGIC DISEASES


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:

-  Template to write to your local and/or federal MP asking them to write to Minister Ley in support of the National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission.

-  Sample letter for you to write directly to Minister Ley supporting the National Allergy Strategy pre-budget submission.

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


Coconut drink importer fined over labelling after child’s death

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


Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Convenes International
Food Allergy Alliance Meeting to Address the Burgeoning Problem of Worldwide Food Allergies


ALLERGY STRATEGY SPEECH
13 August 2015

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. 


NATIONAL ALLERGY SUMMIT
7 August 2015

The Allergy Summit 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: www.nationalallergystrategy.org.au  

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. 

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


First National Allergy Strategy Released


Anaphylaxis now more common in older children and adolescents – see new Australia research released today


AUSSIES DANGEROUSLY COMPLACENT ABOUT FOOD ALLERGY


8/4/15

World Allergy Week 2015


 7/8/14

ASCIA MEDIA RELEASE


28/01/14

Back to School Media release

16/01/14

The real story about ‘Lunchbox friendly’

07/08/13

WA Health and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia have launched an Australia-first allergy and anaphylaxis curriculum resource for primary and secondary schools

25/03/13

New International study released about in-flight food allergies

29/05/12

Boy’s death a lesson for the Australian community

07/05/12

Food Allergy Awareness Week Media Release
16/05/11
Food allergy is no longer the odd one out

29/03/11

Imported food products pose greater risk for food allergic individuals

 

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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.