Posted May 30th, 2024

Tanya Thompson MP, Member for Myall Lakes, is urging the local community to support Food Allergy Week 2024, taking place from 26 May to 1 June. This initiative, led by Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, seeks to raise awareness about food allergies and anaphylaxis, and to promote safety measures for those affected.

Mrs Thompson said that Food Allergy Week is a reminder for all of us to be mindful and supportive of those living with food allergies. “By asking about food allergies and informing others, we can create a safer environment and potentially save lives,” said Mrs Thompson.

Australia is among the countries with the highest rates of food allergies, impacting more than 1.5 million Australians. The nation also has one of the highest rates of hospital admissions due to anaphylaxis, with a 51% increase in emergency presentations over the past five years, now exceeding 11,500 cases annually.

The theme for Food Allergy Week 2024 is “When eating out, Always Ask, Always Tell.” Mrs Thompson said this theme shows the importance of communication in preventing allergic reactions, particularly when dining out.

“People living with food allergies often hesitate to discuss their conditions due to fears of social discomfort or inconvenience – sharing this information is important to avoid life-threatening reactions.”

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia provides numerous resources to assist individuals in managing food allergies. Their free helpline, staffed by trained allergy educators, offers guidance on food allergy management and medical care.

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