ASCIA is the peak professional body of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Specialists in Australia and New Zealand.
To be eligible for ASCIA membership applicants shall:
(a) normally be actively involved in the practice, teaching or research of clinical and/or diagnostic immunology and/or allergy.
(b) have made significant contributions to the field.
(c) not be engaged (either personally or on behalf of another person or organisation) in commercial activity involving the sale or marketing of allergy and clinical immunology related products (except as an incidental or minor subsidiary activity to clinical practice, teaching or research activities).
Full (Ordinary) members shall be either Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and/or Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), or health professionals (such as Scientists) with a post-graduate doctoral research degree, and at least ten years post graduate experience in clinical immunology and/or allergy. Some Full ASCIA members are medical specialists in other areas (whose Full membership has been approved by ASCIA Council), that see patients with predominantly allergic and/or immune diseases, and/or have made a significant contribution to this field of clinical practice.
For Full (Ordinary) ASCIA membership applications from non-JSAC trained Specialists with FRACP the following criteria applies:
1. A Specialist Physician or Paediatrician (FRACP) with no specific allergy and/or immunology training needs to have at least 5 years experience working in an allergy/immunology practice or clinic and predominant (at least 50%) of their current clinical practice should be in allergy/immunology.
2. A Specialist Physician or Paediatrician (FRACP) with allergy and/or immunology training supervised by an Immunology/Allergy Specialist Physician or Paediatrician needs to have at least 2 years experience working in an allergy/immunology practice or clinic and predominant (at least 50%) of their current clinical practice should be in allergy/immunology.
Other categories of ASCIA membership:
Associate (Medical) for medical practitioners including GPs
Associate (Trainee) for Advanced Trainee Physicians in Allergy/Immunology
Associate (Other Health Professionals) for nurses, dietitians, scientists, pharmacists.
Retired available for ASCIA members who have retired from active practice.
ASCIA members benefits include discounted registration for ASCIA Annual Scientific Meetings, invitations to regional ASCIA events, access to the restricted members section of the ASCIA website, monthly ASCIA e-newsletters and eligibility to participate in ASCIA Committees and Working Parties.
ASCIA membership applications are reviewed at ASCIA Council meetings, which are usually held four times per year, usually in February/March, May/June, September and November/December.
Content last updated March 2014