Health professionals (including allied health professionals) have an important role in helping people manage their food allergies.
The Allergen Collaboration has agreed to a number of key messages on food allergy for health professionals and these are listed below.
- Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment with adrenaline (epinephrine)
- People at risk of anaphylaxis need to be referred to a clinical immunology/allergy specialist or doctor with experience in food allergy management
- General practitioners or specialists should complete and provide ASCIA Action Plans and prescribe adrenaline autoinjector scripts if needed. In Australia, authorisation by a specialist for the initial adrenaline autoinjector prescription is required
- Educating patients (and their families/caregivers) about avoidance strategies and acute management is critical (e.g. label reading, reducing risk when eating out, recognising signs of an allergic reaction, following instruction on ASCIA Action Plans, knowing how to use the adrenaline autoinjector if one is prescribed)
- It is important to teach patients and their caregivers how to use their prescribed adrenaline autoinjector using a trainer device
- Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
- Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
- Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia
- National Allergy Strategy resources
250K.org.au online hub for pre-teens and teens, developed by young people for young people living with severe allergy to find and share information with other young people living with food allergy. Website includes 250K presentations and bookmarks
Food allergy education - A community education website with practical information about how to manage food allergy.
All about allergens - This free online training course has been developed to help everyone working in food service including early childhood education centres and school canteens, to manage food allergens.
- Nuts for Life
- Information and links for Health Professionals (includes information about health professional membership, diagnosing allergies, infant formula algorithm, training and education, advice to alternative practitioners about allergy claims, ACC claims for anaphylaxis, Allergy Today, Allergy and anaphylaxis guidelines, Infant feeding and allergy prevention guidelines)
New Zealand Child and Youth Allergy Clinical Network (Paediatric Society of New Zealand and supported by the Ministry of Health)
- The purpose of the Allergy Clinical Network is to promote and support evidence based best practice for those involved in the health care of New Zealand children and young people with allergies, with a focus on quality improvement to make sure there is equal access to care and resources.
- Resources include recommendations for health professionals on prevention, diagnosis, referral and management of food allergy and anaphylaxis.