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ASCIA Committees and Working Parties: Terms of Reference

The following ASCIA committees are standing committees of the ASCIA Council, continuing indefinitely, with representation on Council:

  • ASCIA Anaphylaxis committee
  • ASCIA Education committee
  • ASCIA Laboratory Practice committee
  • ASCIA Paediatric committee
  • ASCIA Immunodeficiency committee
  • ASCIA Nurses committee
  • ASCIA Dietitians committee

In addition to the above mentioned committees there are ASCIA working parties and subcommittees, which are not standing committees of the ASCIA Council, including the:

  • ASCIA Autoimmunity working party
  • ASCIA Drug Allergy working party
  • ASCIA HAE working party
  • ASCIA Insect Allergy working party
  • ASCIA Immunotherapy working party

Chairs of ASCIA working parties or subcommittees may be co-opted to the ASCIA Council as deemed necessary by the ASCIA Executive. 

ASCIA committees, working parties and subcommittees only include ASCIA members and are not funded by educational grants from industry.

ASCIA PROJECTS

In recognition of the need to obtain funding for specific projects and work with other specialists in some areas, ASCIA has recently initiated a series of projects which allow for collaborations with other specialties and funding from unrestricted educational grants.

Examples include: 

  • ASCIA TAPID (Transplantation and PID) Project that commenced in February 2014 which involves paediatric transplant specialists (haematologists) and clinical immunologists from the major paediatric hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.
  • ASCIA SCIg Project that commenced in May 2014.

These projects are funded by unrestricted educational grants from industry, which is organised by ASCIA staff, not project participants.  Any documentation produced from these projects is owned by ASCIA and is not influenced by industry. 

PURPOSE

The purpose of ASCIA committees and working parties is to advance the science and practice of immunology and allergy by:

  • Developing, publishing and updating consensus guidelines and other authoritative evidence based information
  • Developing and updating educational resources for patients/consumers based on published literature
  • Developing and updating educational resources for health professionals based on published literature 
  • Advising ASCIA Council on relevant matters which are referred to the committee
  • Promoting collaboration and sharing of information amongst ASCIA members
  • Fostering collaborative clinical research in relevant areas
  • Developing and maintaining disease registers and databases (where applicable) and related research
  • Coordination of relevant educational activities for ASCIA members.
MEMBERSHIP
  • Each ASCIA committee and working party will be populated by ASCIA members (Full and Associate) who can request to join at any time throughout the year.
  • ASCIA members can serve on committees for an unlimited number of terms.
  • There will be a minimum of 5 members on each committee. In the absence of a sufficient number of suitable appointees, existing members may recommend potential appointees (with their consent) for consideration by Council. 
  • Each member (including the Chair and Deputy Chair) will be requested to complete an ASCIA Declaration of Potential Conflicts of Interest form. This is a requirement that has been introduced since May 2014 for all ASCIA Council and committee members, to ensure transparency and consistency with ASCIA policies.
CHAIR
  • ASCIA committee Chairs are eligible for reappointment and may serve for a maximum of 3 consecutive 2 year terms.
  • Every two years (after the Annual General Meeting) a request will be sent to ASCIA members for nominations of Chairs from the existing committee membership, for appointment by Council. The Chair will be appointed for a term of 2 years.
  • Where there is more than one nomination for either position, the committee's recommendation to Council will be decided by secret ballot (conducted by the ASCIA Executive Officer) and a deputy Chair position can be appointed.   
REPORTING TO ASCIA EXECUTIVE AND COUNCIL 

The Chair should provide a concise written or verbal report to Council for each face to face meeting of Council.  Any requests for funding that are in addition to reasonable operating expenses need to be approved by the Executive, via the Executive Officer.

MEETINGS
  • ASCIA Committees and working parties usually meet by teleconference and documents are reviewed by email, organised by the ASCIA Executive Officer or ASCIA Project Officer. 
  • Teleconferences are arranged and funded by ASCIA. 
  • The Chair may also convene a face to face meeting during the Annual Conference of ASCIA. 
  • In the absence of the Chair, the deputy Chair will be the acting Chair. 
  • Attendance at a meeting in order for the committee to make a decision should be no less than 3 members.

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