The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) was established in 1990 as the peak professional medical organisation for allergy and clinical immunology in Australia and New Zealand, by amalgamating the Australian College of Allergy (ACA) with the Australasian Society of Immunology (ASI) Clinical Immunology Group (CIG).
ASCIA mission statement
The mission of ASCIA is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology, by promoting the highest standard of medical practice, training, education and research, to improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
- Promote the highest standards of medical training, practice and care to improve the health and quality of life for people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
- Develop and maintain high quality education and information about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases for health professionals, patients, consumers and carers.
- Utilise ASCIA and stakeholder expertise to address issues and provide advice and representation relevant to allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
- Increase the profile of allergy, clinical immunology and immunopathology and advocate for people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases in Australia and New Zealand.
- Promote research in Australia and New Zealand to improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
- Ensure sustainability of ASCIA educational and strategic initiatives.
Provide high quality continuing education for ASCIA members and other health professionals, including ASCIA Annual Conferences:
- Develop and maintain high quality education programs including free of charge e-training courses and information for health professionals, patients, consumers and carers:
- Utilise ASCIA and stakeholder expertise to address issues and provide advice and representation relevant to allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases to media, patient organisations, government and other organisations:
- Liaise and work with patient organisations and other stakeholders to raise the profile of allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases and advocate for people with these conditions in Australia and New Zealand:
Promote research in Australia and New Zealand to improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
- Develop and maintain efficient, cost effective and accountable project management, financial systems and procedures for ASCIA educational and strategic initiatives.
The following ASCIA committees are standing committees of the ASCIA Council, continuing indefinitely, with representation on Council:
- ASCIA Anaphylaxis committee
- ASCIA Education committee
- ASCIA Immunodeficiency committee
- ASCIA Laboratory Practice committee
- ASCIA Paediatric committee
- ASCIA Nurses committee
- ASCIA Dietitians committee
In addition to the above mentioned committees there are ASCIA working parties and interest groups, which are not standing committees of the ASCIA Council.
For more information see:
For qualifications of members see:
Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA)
AIFA is an initiative of ASCIA and was launched in September 2013. The aim of AIFA is to provide funding to support medical research and education into disorders of the human immune system in Australia and New Zealand. These disorders comprise allergic diseases (including asthma) primary immunodeficiency diseases and autoimmune diseases.
ASCIA sponsorship policy
ASCIA is a not-for-profit professional medical society, non-government organisation and the peak professional body of specialist allergy and immunology physicians in Australia and New Zealand.
ASCIA cannot therefore endorse products or services, nor advertise any products or services on its website, nor be influenced by commercial organisations on the content of its educational programs and website.
ASCIA educational activities include:
- Health professional programs (e.g. ASCIA Annual Conferences, Advanced Training meetings, clinical updates, guidelines, position papers, action plans, treatment plans, checklists, anaphylaxis resources, registers and e-training courses.
- Public education programs (e.g. ASCIA information for patients, consumers and carers, anaphylaxis resources, e-training courses for schools, childcare services and community.
ASCIA educational activities are dependant on:
ASCIA members donating their unpaid time for resource development.
Funding derived from membership fees, educational grants from governments for specific projects and unrestricted educational grants from industry.
It is important to note that:
Providers of unrestricted educational grants have no input into resource content or development and ASCIA does not endorse any products.
ASCIA does not currently receive any funding from the commonwealth Australian government nor from the New Zealand government.
Links to external websites from the ASCIA website does not imply that their products or services are endorsed by ASCIA.
Sponsorship can comprise a combination of the following:
- ASCIA Annual Conference - exhibition and sponsorship
- ASCIA patient information; ASCIA action and treatment plans - annual printing and distribution rights
- ASCIA e-training courses – unrestricted educational grants
- ASCIA Advanced Training Meetings - unrestricted educational grants
- ASCIA Registers – unrestricted educational grants
Organisations that are deemed appropriate sponsors (by ASCIA Council) are categorised as follows:
Diamond: $40,000 (AUD) or more per annum
Platinum: $25,000 - $40,000 (AUD) per annum
Gold: $15,000 - $25,000 (AUD) per annum
ASCIA conferences and meetings
ASCIA Annual Conferences are usually held in September, with locations rotating between Australian states and New Zealand on approximately a six year cycle. Further information is available at www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference
The ASCIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is usually held during the ASCIA Annual Conference, at the same venue. Every two years a new ASCIA Council is nominated and an election is held at the AGM for these positions.
In some years the ASCIA Annual Conference may be held in conjunction with international meetings, such as the World Allergy Congress held in Sydney during the year 2000.
In addition there are more regular educational meetings for ASCIA members which are organised by local ASCIA area representatives.
ASCIA website information
To meet the challenge of increasing demand for education, ASCIA has developed a range or resources that are available at no charge on the ASCIA website. These include:
- e-training courses for health professionals, schools and childcare staff and first aid (community)
- anaphylaxis resources, including ASCIA action plans, FAQ and guidelines
- information on allergy, immunodeficiency and other immune disorders for health professionals, patients, school and childcare staff and the community.
For information about how ASCIA information is developed go to: www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/website-information
Membership applications are available from the ASCIA Executive Officer or the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au
Completed applications will be considered by the ASCIA Council at one of their regular meetings.
It is important to note that ASCIA is not a credentialling organisation and as such, ASCIA membership should not be used as a qualification.
There are two main categories of ASCIA membership:
Full (ordinary) membership
These members are Specialists in Clinical Immunology and Allergy or related fields, or postgraduate qualified Immunologists (PhD), with training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of immune and allergic diseases. Full members can be candidates for most ASCIA Council positions and have full voting rights at ASCIA Annual General Meetings.
Medical practitioners, Scientists, Dietitians and Nurses with a professional interest in allergy, asthma and/or immune diseases may apply for Associate membership of ASCIA. Associate members are represented on the ASCIA Council by an Associate representative and a GP Liaison representative and have limited voting rights at ASCIA annual general meetings.
For more information about membership criteria and forms visit:
A brief history of how ASCIA was formed
There have been considerable scientific advances in our knowledge of how the immune system works over the last fifty years. This is reflected in how allergy, asthma and immune diseases are now treated, the training of specialists treating these diseases, and in the constitution and history of the organisation now known as ASCIA:
- In 1953 the Australian Society of Allergists (ASA) was registered under the auspice of the British Medical Association (Australia) and in 1962 the ASA was incorporated.
- In 1970 the ASA became the Australian College of Allergists which later changed its name and constitution to become the Australian College of Allergy (ACA).
- In 1970 the Australasian Society of Immunology (ASI) was established.
- In 1983 the Clinical Immunology Group (CIG) constitution was adopted by the ASI as a special interest group.
- In 1990 the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) was established, by amalgamating the ACA with the ASI CIG.
(Reference: Donald, Gwen. ACA Newsletter 9; 1990)
Content updated February 2015