Australian Federal MP calls for establishment of a national food allergy register

Chisholm federal Labor MP Anna Burke submitted a motion to establish a national register, as well as a model of care for food allergy management, ahead of the 2014 Food Allergy Week held from May 12-18.

Ms Burke, whose son suffers from serious peanut allergy, is an Allergy Awareness ambassador. She maintains that a national register would provide a clearer picture of the impact of food allergies, including the number of deaths attributable to allergies. This would provide the necessary data to prove to policymakers and treasurers that there should be money spent on food allergy. Given Australia has one of the highest incidences of food allergies in the world, Ms Burke is concerned to see the issue recognised as National Health Priority.

The National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs) are diseases and conditions that Australian governments have chosen for focused attention because they contribute significantly to the burden of illness and injury in the Australian community. The diseases and conditions targeted under the NHPA initiative have been chosen because, through appropriate and focused attention on them, significant gains in the health of Australia’s population can be achieved. Anaphylaxis Australia is urging all allergy sufferers to send a letter to their Federal Member asking for allergy to be recognised as National Health Priority. A template letter is provided on the Anaphylaxis Australia website.