- Purpose and Objectives
- Code of Conduct
- Initiatives and Priorities
- Committees and Working Parties
- Conferences and Meetings
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) was established in 1990 as the peak professional body of clinical immunology/allergy specialists in Australia and New Zealand. ASCIA is a Company limited by guarantee (ACN 608 798 241; ABN 45 615 521 452) and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/charities/74feaaa8-38af-e811-a963-000d3ad24077/profile
ASCIA is a member society of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) and the Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI). ASCIA is affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) as a Specialty Society.
ASCIA acknowledges and pays respect to past, present and emerging traditional custodians and elders of the lands on which ASCIA members and staff live, learn and work.
ASCIA's purpose is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology.
This is achieved by promoting the highest standard of medical practice, training, education and research, to improve the quality of life and health of people with immune system disorders. These include allergies, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
- Standards - Promote the highest standards of allergy and immunology medical training, practice and care. ASCIA achieves this objective through providing accessible, consistent and evidence-based education and resources that are used throughout Australia and New Zealand to assist in the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of allergy, anaphylaxis, immunodeficiencies and other immune system disorders. www.allergy.org.au/hp/papers
- Education and Training- Provide high quality allergy and immunology reources, education for ASCIA members, other health professionals, patients, consumers and carers. ASCIA achieves this objective through hosting the ASCIA Annual Conference, ASCIA e-training courses and providing information for health professionals, patients, carers and consumers, which is regularly developed and updated. www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/education-projects
- Expertise and Advice - Utilise ASCIA and stakeholder expertise to address allergy and immunology issues, provide advice, representation and submissions to government and other organisations. ASCIA achieves this objective by making submissions, responding to government and other organisations. www.allergy.org.au/ascia-reports#s1
- Advocacy and Collaborations - Increase the profile of allergy, immunology and immunopathology and advocate for patients. ASCIA has been working on advocacy for the past 30 years and is involved in many collaborations. www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/collaborations
- Research - Promote and fund research to improve health and quality of life of people with allergy and other immune diseases. ASCIA achieves this through AIFA, the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia, which was established by ASCIA in 2013, to fund research into allergy, immunodeficiency and other immune system disorders. www.allergyimmunology.org.au
ASCIA relies on the highly valued work from employees, contractors and the voluntary contributions of ASCIA members.
ASCIA staff are listed at www.allergy.org.au/members/committees#d
The ASCIA employment and contracting policy is available here:
The ASCIA COVID-19 Office Safety Plan is available here:
ASCIA is committed to ensuring that all ASCIA employees, contractors and members behave towards each other with fairness, dignity, courtesy and respect, without bullying, harassment or discrimination.
ASCIA members are health professionals who work in the areas of allergy, clinical immunology and immunopathology. As of June 2022, there are 730 ASCIA members, comprising:
- 273 Full ASCIA members, who are mostly clinical immunology/allergy specialists and they are listed on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/patients/locate-a-specialist
- 71 Associate (Trainee) members, who are completing their advanced training to become clinical immunology/allergy specialists.
- 141 Associate (Medical) members, who are medical practitioners with an interest in allergy, but are not clinical immunology/allergy specialists.
- 180 Associate (Other Health Professional) members, including 124 nurses and 47 dietitians.
- 40 Associate (Scientist/Researcher) members.
- 26 Retired ASCIA members.
All current ASCIA members are listed on www.allergy.org.au/members/directory (members section of the ASCIA website).
Membership applications are available from the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/members/apply
For details about ASCIA initiatives and prioritiies go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/ascia-initiatives
ASCIA committee chairs are represented on ASCIA Council. In addition there are seveeral ASCIA working parties and collaborations, which are not all represented on ASCIA Council.
Further information is available at www.allergy.org.au/members/committees
Terms of Reference for ASCIA committees and working parties is available at www.allergy.org.au/members/committees/terms-of-reference
For qualifications of ASCIA members go to www.allergy.org.au/patients/locate-a-specialist
ASCIA educational activities include:
Health professional programs (e.g. ASCIA Annual Conferences, advanced training meetings, e-training courses, guidelines, position/consensus statements, action plans, treatment/management plans, checklists, anaphylaxis resources, registers).
Public education programs (e.g. ASCIA information for patients, consumers and carers, anaphylaxis resources, e-training courses for schools, children's education/care services and e-training courses for the community.
ASCIA educational activities are dependent mainly on income from ASCIA Annual Conferences, ASCIA annual membership fees, educational grants from governments for specific projects and unrestricted educational grants from industry.
For information about ASCIA sponsorship go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/sponsors
ASCIA Annual Conferences are usually held in late August or early 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
In addition there are more regular educational meetings for ASCIA members which are organised by local ASCIA area representatives.
ASCIA members receive a monthly e-newsletter as part of their membership entitlements, which includes information that is specific for ASCIA members.
A similar e-newsletter is available for health professionals who are not ASCIA members, the media, industry and the community, to provide news about allergy and other immune diseases. Previous issues are available at www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/updates
You can subscribe by simply entering your name and email address in the section under ASCIA Update on the right hand side of the ASCIA website homepage www.allergy.org.au
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Content updated August 2022