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Allergy and Anaphylaxis

Allergy occurs when a person reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless to most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, ticks, moulds, foods and some drugs (medications).

Anaphylaxis is the most severe type of allergic reaction and should always be treated as a medical emergency. Anaphylaxis requires immediate treatment with adrenaline (epinephrine), which is injected into the outer mid-thigh muscle. If treatment with adrenaline is delayed, this can result in fatal anaphylaxis.

Fast Facts

Fast Facts about Anaphylaxis

Fast Facts about Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injectors

Action Plans

ASCIA Action Plans  

ASCIA Action Plans FAQ 

Click on the links below for more information (A-Z)

Adrenaline for Treatment of Anaphylaxis

Adrenaline Injectors 

Allergic Reactions - Signs and Symptoms 


Anaphylaxis Translations

Anaphylaxis Facts for Parents and Carers 

Common Myths about Allergy and Asthma Exposed

Glossary of Allergy Terms

Idiopathic Anaphylaxis 

What is Allergy?

What is Causing your Allergy?


Anaphylaxis Checklist - Patients and Carers 

Anaphylaxis Checklist - Young Adults (Transitioning from Paediatric to Adult Care)

Anaphylaxis Checklist - Travel (People at Risk of Anaphylaxis) 


Allergic Reactions Clinical History Form

Allergic Reactions Event Record Form

ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training

ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training courses

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Allergy and Anaphylaxis - QR CODE 

How Allergies Work is a short (4 minute) animation about allergies, anaphylaxis and the immune system, and is a National Allergy Council initiative.


Useful links
Nip allergies in the Bub - a National Allergy Council initiative with information on managing anaphylaxis in babies 

Webpage updated March 2024