A&AA's provides evidence based information, resources and services to support children and adults living with allergic disease.
Allergic disease is a chronic condition that includes allergic rhinitis (hayfever), atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, food and insect allergies and other potentially life-threatening conditions. We help Australians manage the everyday, improving quality of life, health and wellbeing. As food allergy is a community issue, A&AA's outreach and education is broad. The circle of care embraces and engages individuals at risk of anaphylaxis and those who care for them. We also work closely with related areas in state and commonwealth government departments, food industry, health and teaching professionals, as well as the Australian community at large.
Content updated December 2019
In addition to verbally disclosing your allergy and asking a range of questions about the ingredients and preparation methods, carry a “chef card” that outlines the foods you must avoid.
In non English speaking countries having a translated “chef card” in the local language may assist in communicating the foods you must avoid and how the food must be prepared.
A&AA allergen cards provide useful information about which foods might contain a specific allergen. Note: the cards do not contain a complete or comprehensive list and are intended as an aid only.
A&AA highlight useful apps of our own and from other sources to assist with improving safety, education and positively impacting upon quality of life for those living life with allergic disease including the risk of anaphyalxis.
A&AA has brochures covering topics ranging from eating out, living with an allergy, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), urticaria and more that we update regularly. Each is freely available for download and printing as you need them.
A&AA answers common questions concerning the process of buying an adrenaline (epinephrine) injector.
A&AA has two free eBooks available Preparing for Camp with Food Allergies and Managing Kids’ Food Allergies for dummies. These easy to read informative publications are packed with reliable information.
While there is largely no cure for allergy, there are many things that people can do to decrease severity and avoid triggers. A&AA has developed a broad range of help sheets to assist with managing the risk that arises in day to day living with severe allergies.
A list of useful links to trusted medical websites, patient organisations, food stabndards and government authorities to provide further support for the management of severe allergy.
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has kindly permitted A&AA to link to specific patient information articles on their website at www.allergy.org.au.
A&AA provides links to audio series and presentations that discuss issues relevant to the diagnosis, management, prevention and cure of allergies, to assist you to understand the facts and cut through the myths.
A&AA has A3 Posters covering topics ranging from information about food allergies, being allergy aware, checklists for childcare to some great Halloween themes. Each potser is freely available for download and printing as you need them.
Living with, or being diagnosed with a potentially severe allergy is scary. But don’t worry, you’re not alone – help and support is available. Our members and supporters have been generous in sharing their personal experiences involving allergy and anaphylaxis. After reading about their journeys you may also wish to contribute.
A&AA videos cover the how and why of living with allergic disease. Experts such as Dr Paxton Loke explain how adrenaline works and the importance of laying down during anaphylaxis. Our CEO Mara Said discusses transitioning to school and experts and teens talk about managing the 'tween and teen years and more.
A&AA’s webinars provide an in-depth, easy to understand guide to some of the hot topics in allergy management, including Feeding my child with food allergy, Transition from Primary School to High School and Food Allergy Management Q&As.