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Information for health professionals

​Health professionals (including allied health professionals and nurses) have an important role in helping people manage food allergies.

The Allergen Collaboration has agreed to a number of key messages on food allergens for health professionals and these are listed below.

  • Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment with adrenaline.
  • People at risk of anaphylaxis need to be referred to an allergy/immunology specialist or doctor with experience in food allergy management.
  • General practitioners develop ASCIA Action Plans and provide adrenaline autoinjector scripts if needed.
  • Educating patients (and their families/carers) about avoidance strategies and acute management is critical (e.g. label reading, eating out, ASCIA Action Plans, how to use adrenaline autoinjector if one is prescribed).

Health professional resources

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