APS Peak Body for Regional Australian Paediatric Allergy Care
The Australian Paediatric Society (APS) is the peak body for regional paediatric allergy care.
The APS membership is responsible for the care of an estimated 300,000 Australian children with allergy.
The diversity of practice location and resources has led to some innovative solutions to deliver equitable services to children with allergy in regional Australia.
Regional Paediatricians are enthusiastic to expand skills and professional development consistent with the National Allergy Strategy aims to deliver quality allergy services to regional Australia.
APS and ASCIA
APS appreciate the excellent collegiate relationship with both Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) and look forward to an ongoing strong, collaboration to benefit regional child allergy services.
APS has particularly welcomed tertiary hospitals considering and understanding the limited resources in regional Australia and the requirements for updating skills for healthcare professionals in regional Australia.
APS and National Allergy Strategy
The APS has always a willing participant and a strong supporter of the National Allergy Strategy (NAS), a collaboration of ASCIA and A&AA.
The APS is a willing collaborative partner in all aspects of the NAS as part of a joint effort to redress inequities of service delivery in regional Australia.
NAS has always sought to be patient-centred and to put the child and family first. The overarching NAS principle aligns with World Health Organisation framework on integrated people-centred health services quoting “Equity and access for everyone, everywhere.”
APS ISPAD Annual Allergy MasterClass Workshops
Since 2015, the APS, consistent with its contribution to the National Allergy Strategy, has facilitated annual Allergy Masterclass Workshops for paediatricians and health care professionals.
The APS Allergy Masterclass Workshops have grown to over 80 registrants from all regions of Australia and New Zealand.
The February 2021 workshop has been cancelled due to Covid-19 but is scheduled to resume in Sydney in February 2022.
APS and OIT at School
APS is in a unique position to advise ASCIA and NAS on the complex management of allergy in schools.
General paediatricians have extensive experience with learning issues, school visits, multi-disciplinary case conferences etc.
The APS established a not-for-profit website, the T1D Learning Centre (t1d.org.au) to support schools managing children with Type 1 Diabetes.
The APS brings this expertise to the table when considering support of teachers and children managed with Oral Immunotherapy at school or in school camp.