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What is a clinical immunology/allergy specialist?

Clinical immunology/allergy specialists undergo general training in medicine, followed by postgraduate training in clinical immunology and allergy. 

They will normally have a medical degree, Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and membership of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).  If they have also trained in Immunopathology they will have an additional Fellowship, of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). 

Clinical immunology and allergy specialists work in a range of settings, including hospitals, private practice, diagnostic immunology laboratories, research centres and universities. 

A referral from a general practitioner (GP) is required for consultation with a clinical immunology/allergy specialists.

The Scope of Practice for clinical immunology/allergy specialists is available at: www.allergy.org.au/ascia-reports/ascia-scope-of-practice  

When should patients be referred to  clinical immunology/allergy specialists?

  • For further education and ongoing management of immune system disorders.
  • In cases of severe, life threatening allergy (anaphylaxis).
  • When food or occupational allergy is suspected.
  • If immunotherapy for treatment of allergic diseases is contemplated.
  • In asthma, when there is evidence of continuing poor control, despite regular use of asthma medication.
  • For investigation of unexplained inflammation (fevers of unknown origin, unexplained fevers, weight loss).
  • Investigation of recurrent or unusual (opportunistic) infections.

 

Content last updated June 2015

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