Newsletter 19 May 2022
Nip allergies in the Bub
To help you find the information you are looking for, we have made some functional changes to the Nip allergies in the Bub website. A search function has been added along with two new pages – an eczema resources page and an infant feeding page. This health professional section of the website has also been updated to include a comprehensive list of resources available for health professionals as well as a ‘quick list’ of resources available for their patients.
Look out for our social media posts which provide information for parents about how to select and apply moisturisers.
Allergy 250K youth project
Our camps are back!! The Allergy 250K youth camps play an important role in connecting young people, while providing education and also providing valuable insights to our volunteer health professionals who work in allergy.
Our next two camps will be for school aged teens:
- September 2022 in Adelaide – registrations will open in July.
- December 2022 in Perth – registrations will open in September.
The Allergy 250K school aged teen website is being re-designed but will still have its fun, Allergy 250K style. The new website will be live in July 2022.
School and children’s education and care (CEC) project
The National Allergy Strategy has partnered with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia to provide a series of webinars to support parents with children in school or children’s education and care (CEC) services.
The webinar series includes the following topics:
- Managing your child’s food allergy in childcare services – click here to view recording
- Emergency management of anaphylaxis – click here to view recording
- Managing your child’s food allergy in high school – recording available soon
- Managing your child’s food allergy in primary school – 1 June 2022
- Managing your child’s food allergy while on camp – 3 August 2022
- Managing your child’s food allergy in out of school hours care – 17 August 2022
The National Allergy Strategy has communicated with all schools and CEC services informing them about the two adrenaline injector devices available in Australia. Links to evidence-based, best-practice resources were also provided.
Food service project
New course coming soon…
The National Allergy Strategy is currently developing All about Allergens for Residential Care which will provide food allergen management training for staff working in a variety of settings including residential aged care and other residential care, transitional care, respite care, rehabilitation care including mental health, disability, drug and alcohol, quarantine facilities and services, hospices and overnight, short and long stay facilities. We are grateful for the support from our working group in helping us to create a draft course and also to the stakeholders who recently provided feedback. We are currently creating the course online which will be available from July 2022.
Lexy Akillas has joined the National Allergy Strategy team as our new Social Media and Communications Officer. Click here to find out more about Lexy and the National Allergy Strategy team.
The National Allergy Strategy will be sharing information about our programs and resources through conference abstracts and poster presentations at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology conference in July and the Dietitians Australia conference in August. The National Allergy Strategy will also have a shared exhibition with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia conference in July.
Food Allergy Week starts on Sunday 22 May
Help raise awareness about food allergies by supporting Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia’s Food Allergy Week. This year’s theme is Be Aware Show You Care. For more information visit the Food Allergy Week website.
FREE posters and bookmarks
The following National Allergy Strategy resources are available free of charge (including free postage) from the Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia online shop:
- Nip allergies in the Bub bookmarks
- Nip allergies in the Bub posters
- 250K bookmarks
- 250K posters
- All about Allergens online training bookmarks
- The Usual Suspects poster (developed with the NSW Food Authority and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia)
- Best practice guidelines for schools and CEC bookmarks