Clinical immunology/allergy specialists

Clinical immunology/allergy specialists diagnose, treat and manage patients with allergy and other immune diseases.  They work in a range of settings, including hospitals, private practice, diagnostic immunology laboratories, research centres and universities.  The main clinical practices and contact details for clinical immunology/allergy specialists in Australia and New Zealand are listed on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/patients/locate-a-specialist   

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

Clinical immunology/allergy specialists are medical specialists who have postgraduate advanced training in clinical immunology and allergy.  They will usually be Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Full (Ordinary) members 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). 

The Scope of Practice for clinical immunology/allergy specialists is available at: pdfASCIA Scope of Practice208.16 KB

Referral to a clinical immunology/allergy specialist
Referral to a clinical immunology/allergy specialist should be considered for investigations, ongoing management and education of patients with:
  1. Complex allergic disease (e.g allergic rhinitis and asthma or eczema)
  2. Severe allergies (e.g. to foods, drugs or insects)
  3. A previous life threatening severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
  4. Confirmed or suspected IgE mediated allergy to foods, drugs or occupational allergens
  5. Food or drug allergies, to undergo medically supervised allergen challenges
  6. Insect or respiratory allergy, when allergen immunotherapy is contemplated
  7. Continuing poor control of asthma, despite regular use of asthma medication
  8. Confirmed or suspected chronic urticaria and/or angioedema
  9. Confirmed or suspected immunodeficiencies (e.g with recurrent or unusual infections)
  10. Confirmed or suspected autoimmune or autoinflammatory diseases (e.g. with unexplained fevers or weight loss)

Content updated November 2018