Initiatives, Projects and Collaborations

2018: Summary of priorities

1. ASCIA Annual Conference

www.ascia2018.com 4-8 September, National Convention Centre Canberra

2. Redesign of ASCIA website

The ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au has been redesigned in 2018 is to improve accessibility to world leading ASCIA resources. 

3. ASCIA Education Project 2018-2020

This project aims to increase the use of ASCIA resources by health professionals, to improve patient care. For more information download the Prospectus pdfASCIA Education Project_2018-2020 Prospectus191.6 KB 

4. ASCIA Proposal – National Immunodeficiency Strategy 

pdfASCIA Proposal – National Immunodeficiency Strategy72.55 KB

5. Expansion of AIFA research grants and awareness programs

In 2018 AIFA continues to expand fundraising and awareness for allergy and immunology research www.allergyimmunology.org.au  

6. National Allergy Strategy projects

In 2018 ASCIA continues to promote the National Allergy Strategy www.nationalallergystrategy.org.au 250K www.250k.org.au and All about Allergens www.foodallergytraining.org.au projects, whilst working together on the new food allergy prevention project https://preventallergies.org.au/

2018 Initiatives, Projects and Collaborations

Continuing Professional Development / Meetings
  • ASCIA 2018 Conference held in conjunction with the CFAR Symposium, Medical Associates and Nurses Days, Autoimmunity Update, Dietitians Course and GP Allergy Update (4-8 September 2018)
  • ASCIA SCIg (subcutaneous immunoglobulin) resources workshop (May 2018)
  • ASCIA TAPID (transplantation and primary immunodeficiency) project monthly teleconferences
  • ASCIA TAPID face to face meeting (May 2018)
  • ASCIA WA Immunology Day (June 2018)
Website / Communications
  • Redesign of ASCIA website 
  • Review and updating of ASCIA website health professional information including etraining courses 
  • Increased frequency of ASCIA member e-newsletters, relevant news items on ASCIA website homepage and social media
  • Expansion of ASCIA community e-news update 
  • Increased number of submissions
Food Allergy / Anaphylaxis projects 
Respiratory / Insect Allergy projects
Drug (Medication) Allergy projects
  • New ASCIA website quick link to drug allergy information on new ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/drug-allergy
  • New ASCIA penicillin allergy e-training for health professionals - in final stage of development
  • New ASCIA drug allergy (cephalosporin) consensus statement for clinical immunology/allergy specialists - under review
Skin projects
Primary Immunodeficiency (PID) / Autoimmunity projects
  • New SCIg travel plan and IRT transfer care plan  www.allergy.org.au/immunodeficiency
  • Updated general SCIg information, SCIg position statement, information on how to set up a SCIg service and Guidelines for standardised IVIg infusion rates  www.allergy.org.au/immunodeficiency
  • New ASCIA TAPID project publication 
  • New ASCIA immunodeficiency register - in final stage of development
  • New ASCIA PID newborn screening position statement - under review
Research
Collaborations (in alphabetical order)
  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and the National Allergy Strategy – a partnership since 2014
  • ANBS (Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy) affiliation
  • ANZAAG (Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group)
  • APAAACI (Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology) member society
  • ASI (Australasian Society for Immunology) affiliation
  • AusPollen partner since 2014
  • BCH (Better Health Channel) website content partner
  • CFAR (Centre for Food & Allergy Research) annual symposium co-host since 2015
  • DAA (Dietitians Association of Australia) 
  • Education Departments (NSW, QLD, VIC, WA)
  • HealthDirect Australia website content partner
  • Immunological Alliance member
  • NAC (National Asthma Council) member body
  • NPS Choosing Wisely Australia partner since 2015
  • Patient organisations in Australasia since 2006
  • RACP (Royal Australasian College of Physicians) specialty society
  • RACP EVOLVE partner since 2015
  • TAPID (Transplantation and PID) host since 2014
  • WAO (World Allergy Organisation) member society

Content updated October 2018

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