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New FREE etraining on allergy and anaphylaxis for Health professionals




Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening severe allergic reaction that requires urgent medical treatment. It is essential for health professionals to know how to treat anaphylaxis in an emergency and also provide appropriate ongoing management of patients at risk of anaphylaxis. For this reason, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) will launch a free web-based anaphylaxis training course for health professionals across Australia and New Zealand in Sydney today. ASCIA President A/Prof Jo Douglass said the e-training course was developed to promote a standardised approach to anaphylaxis management amongst health professionals. “The launch of this vital training course means patients who are on long wait lists to see allergy and immunology specialists can receive adequate care from health professionals such as general practitioners and paediatricians,” she said.“The training course was developed through extensive consultation to ensure that it meets the educational needs of health professionals and provides them with the knowledge they need to manage an anaphylaxis emergency and also help patients to manage their life-threatening allergy.”

While the cause of the growing epidemic remains unknown, food allergy related anaphylaxis is more common than ever. Following the successful launch of the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses for schools and childcare services in March 2010, ASCIA developed this e-training course specifically for health professionals. Food allergy is estimated to affect three to six per cent of children under the age of three years and statistics show hospitalisation rates have increased while there is strong evidence that peanut allergies have significantly risen in Australia.

Management is based on the identification of the allergic triggers for prevention, education of patients and their caregivers, and development of the individual emergency action plan if accidental exposure occurs. A/Prof Jo Douglass said currently there was no comparable free and comprehensive anaphylaxis e-training course for health professionals available world-wide. “The e-training course focuses on recognition, prevention and emergency treatment of potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis,” she said. Health professionals across Australia and New Zealand will have access to the training course, which is free, via the ASCIA website The e-training is available to anyone with internet access. The project is funded through the NSW Health, WA Health and an unrestricted education grant from Alphapharm. ASCIA will retain copyright and control over content of the course, and update the content as evidence-based changes occur in medical literature.

Full details of the e-training course will be available at the launch of ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for health professionals:

Official launch date: Friday, 11 March 2011

Time: 10.00am to 12.00noon

Location:Bridge Room, Quay Grand, Circular Quay –  Sydney

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