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Information provided by Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) on its website is for educational, communication and information purposes only and is not intended to replace or constitute medical advice or treatments.

It is the intention of ASCIA that all information contained on this website is accurate. Education materials contained on this website have been reviewed and approved by ASCIA members, including those on appropriate ASCIA committees. However, errors sometimes occur. Therefore, ASCIA disclaims any warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, as to any matter whatsoever relating to this service, including without limitation merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. In no event shall ASCIA be liable for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of any use of or reliance on any content or materials contained herein.

In accordance with the Health on the Net Code of Conduct, ASCIA adheres to the following principles:

  • Authority:
    Any medical or health advice provided and hosted on this website will only be given by medically trained and qualified professionals unless a clear statement is made that a piece of advice offered is from a non-medically qualified individual or organisation.
  • Confidentiality:
    Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to a medical/health Web site, including their identity, is respected by this website. The website owners undertake to honour or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the website and mirror sites are located.
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  • Transparency of Sponsorship:
    The ASCIA website is directly funded by ASCIA and therefore ASCIA does not seek nor receive any educational grants to fund this website. Hence there are no conflicts of interest regarding the sources of funding and the editorial content of the website. Support for specific projects (e.g. ASCIA e-training courses) from unrestricted educational grants is clearly identified, including the identities of commercial and non-commercial organisations that have contributed funding, services or material for the relevant webpages.  

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Editorial Policy

The website is for use by the general public and health professionals.

The health information content provided on this website is developed by the members of ASCIA who are medical and allied health professionals. The health information presented such as guidelines and educational materials are based on current medical knowledge and practice as at the date of publication.

Web Medical Editorial Responsibility 

Information for this website is developed and approved by ASCIA Committee and Working Party Members.  Any questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Except as stated herein, no portion of the materials included in this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, whether by electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the ASCIA. 

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When you visit the ASCIA website, ASCIA will not collect personally identifiable information about you, unless such information is provided voluntarily by you. The personally identifiable information collected by ASCIA is strictly confidential and ASCIA will not reveal, disclose, sell, distribute, share or otherwise pass on to any third parties any personal information that you may have provided unless permitted by law or ASCIA has your express written consent to do so. You should also be aware that non-personal information and data might be automatically collected through the use of "cookies". Cookies are pieces of information that a website can use to recognise repeated usage, facilitate the users on getting access to and use of the website and allow a website to track usage behaviour and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvement and targeted advertising. The use of cookies is standard and you will find that most websites use them. Most Internet browsers are preset to accept cookies. If you prefer not to receive cookies, you can adjust your Internet browser to refuse cookies or to warn you when cookies are being used.

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Content updated January 2018