By Allergen Bureau

Be Aware, Show You Care during Australia’s Food Allergy Week

Food Allergy Week is an important annual initiative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia that aims to raise awareness about food allergy in Australia, help reduce the risk of a reaction for those living with food allergy and help manage potentially life-threatening emergencies when they happen in the community.

Food Allergy Week runs from 13-19 May 2018 and calls on all Australians to ‘Be Aware and Show You Care’ by getting involved with this year’s activities to help raise community understanding of food allergy and much-needed funding.

Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the developed world and the incidence has risen at an alarming rate in recent years.

  • One in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a potentially life-threatening food allergy.
  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia estimates that there are more than 650,000 Australians with diagnosed food allergy – which doesn’t account for the many who are undiagnosed.
  • There has been a rapid increase of food allergy over the last 10 to 15 years. Anaphylactic reactions now account for 1 in every 500 hospital admissions for children aged 5 to 14 years.

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia has more information about how to get involved.