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Allergic? Join this national consultation to improve access to care

If you are allergic to a food or can’t take certain prescription medication, you’re not alone. Allergic diseases are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia, affecting approximately one in five Australians.

Trying to access quality allergy care in the community, particularly in rural and remote areas, can be challenging. That is why the National Allergy Council is holding face-to-face sessions across Australia to bring people together to talk about how to improve access to allergy care, especially for people living in rural and remote areas.

“We are visiting different cities and regions so we can talk to, and hear ideas from local people, communities, healthcare professionals, hospital and health service staff, primary health networks, governments, health administrators and other interested groups or people,” said Dr Katie Frith, paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and Co-lead for the National Allergy Council Shared Care for Allergy Project.

“Living with an allergy or being a parent or carer of a child with a severe allergy, can be quite frightening, particularly if there is a delay in diagnosis or if you don’t have support,” added Maria Said AM, National Allergy Council Director and CEO of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.

The National Allergy Council want to hear from:

  • people living with an allergy or caring for someone with an allergy
  • public hospital and health service staff
  • healthcare professionals working in private practice
  • primary health networks
  • governments, health administrators, and
  • other interested people or groups.

The dates and places where these sessions will be held are included below (Sydney date in bold type)

Time Date (2023) Location
9am – 3pm (AEST) Wednesday 10 May Cairns City, QLD
9am – 3pm (AEST) Friday 12 May Geebung, Brisbane, QLD
9am – 3pm (AEST) Monday 15 May North Hobart, TAS
9am – 3pm (AEST) Wednesday 17 May Orange, NSW
9am – 3pm (AEST) Friday 19 May Sydney central CBD, NSW
9am – 3pm (ACST) Monday 22 May Darwin waterfront, NT
9am – 3pm (ACST) Wednesday 24 May Adelaide central CBD, SA
9am – 3pm (ACST) Friday 26 May Port Augusta, SA
9am – 3pm (AEST) Monday 5 June Albury, NSW
9am – 3pm (AEST) Wednesday 7 June Melbourne central CBD, VIC
9am – 3pm (AEST) Friday 9 June Canberra, ACT
9am – 3pm (AWST) Wednesday 14 June Perth, WA
9am – 3pm (AWST) Friday 16 June Broome, WA

To register go to the Shared Care for Allergy Consultation Hub.

“We encourage anyone living with or caring for someone with an allergic disease, along with health professionals and other interested people to register for the community consultation happening closest to them”, stated Dr Frith. “For people who need to travel, they can apply for travel assistance”, Dr Frith added.

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