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It’s Allergy Awareness Week next week and we need your active support!
We have been following the relentless work of Malcolm Mulholland and his team at Patient Voice Aotearoa (PVA) for the last couple of years and contributing when possible with promotion of their petition through our Facebook page and Allergy Today.
The Patient Voice Aotearoa is petitioning the Government to double the Pharmac Budget.
PVA argues this would potentially provide sufficient funding for a number of critical life-preserving medicines (including Epipens) that a huge number of kiwis would benefit from.
The petition will be presented to Parliament in Wellington on 12th May 2021 – Ie. right in the middle of our Allergy Awareness Week & one week before the Government Budget is released (Thursday May 20th).
PVA and their representatives and supporters are planning a mass ‘Lie Down For Life’ in Wellington in support of the petition. A particularly appropriate action for those at risk of anaphylaxis.
In order to make the greatest impact, PVA have also organised a nationwide action that enables people to participate at a regional level. So, on the same date at the same time, at various locations throughout the country, people are being encouraged to congregate and to participate in a “Lie Down for Life”.
The details of those locations and further details can be found at: https://weareworthit.nz/
The more people who can attend, the better!
So, we have 2 big favours to ask:
Thank you for your support of this major initiative which we can all benefit from.
6 May 2021
Allergy Awareness Week Online Survey – Covid 19.
During the Covid-19 lockdowns last year we heard from a lot of you experiencing fresh challenges with your allergy management directly as a result of local reactions to restricted food supply and confusion between the symptoms of Covid-19 and allergic rhinitis (hayfever).
To allow Government community services to make a more informed response in future, we would love to get some feedback from each of you about your experience managing you or your family’s allergies during the lockdowns.
Please follow the following survey link to submit your feedback online – Start Survey
Your response can be anonymous, and the survey takes approximately 6 – 10minutes to complete.
The summary data will be shared with the Ministry of Social Development.
Thank you for contributing.
10 March 2021
Allergy New Zealand has been working with New Zealand Food Safety (MPI) to develop resources for consumers with food allergies. Just published is a poster on ‘Reporting an allergic reaction to foods’, which you can download here:
With our help they have also recently updated their booklet on ‘Eating Safely when you have Food Allergies’ -
Thank you to all those members of Allergy New Zealand who attended our AGM on Wednesday evening this week.
21 August 2020
Miteguard’s dust-mite bedding covers are still available during lockdown
These can still be ordered from Allergy New Zealand and delivered as normal. To place an online order, go here (scroll down the page to find the product order form).
There may be some delays in supplying other items through our online shop until the Auckland Level 3 lockdown is reduced.
31 July 2020
FundaPen™ - a national success!
Thanks to the $300,000 donation from Pub Charity last year, a total of 2875 free Epipens® have been distributed across New Zealand. The last Fundapen™ provided by this donation was distributed this week. We are incredibly grateful for this donation and the support it has provided to people with allergies at risk of anaphylaxis.
Special thanks also goes to the thousands of General Practice teams, Clinicians, Health Professionals and AllergyPharmacy.co.nz who supported this unique opportunity.
Moving forward, normal prescriber protocols will apply and patients will be required to pay for their own Epipens®. Unfortunately, we have no further funding available to continue this initiative. We invite PHARMAC, or other potential supporters, to work alongside Allergy New Zealand to help fund this life-saving medicine. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We have compiled a selection of web-links that provide credible advice and information for individuals and families living with allergies who are trying to manage the fresh challenges that coronavirus has created for them. Click Here
6 April 2020
Latest food recalls
MPI/New Zealand Food Safety monitors food safety, including compliance with allergen management and labelling. Please check all labels when purchasing food, and also on medicines and natural health products. If you have any concerns about undeclared allergens, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or email: email@example.com
For a full list of food recalls, go to:
To receive email alerts on food recalls due to undeclared allergens, go to Subscribe to MPI | MPI | NZ Government, enter your email address and name, then go down to “Email Update Topics” and tick on “Food recalls – allergies”
Allergy Today e-newsletterOur May 2021 issue of the Allergy Today e-newsletter is available here. If you would like to subscribe to receive future issues, click here.
See past issues:
Pollen CalendarFREE Annual Pollen Calendar
Download your very own copy here
Nip Allergies in the BubSee the latest advice on Allergy prevention from Australia's National Allergy Strategy here.
2018 Food Allergen Labelling GuideThere are now 10 food allergens which must be declared on labels, and/or information provided on food for sale. Allergy New Zealand’s 2018 Food Allergen Labelling Guide is available here.
Guide to ACC Cover for Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)January 2018
The ACC guide, developed in consultation with Allergy New Zealand and Allergy specialists, is now available online here
For more information on anaphylaxis, and advice on ACC claims, go here
Hospitality training video27 July, 2016
Aimed at front-of-house staff, this video describes steps to take in serving a customer with food allergies.
Find more information here.
Food Allergies - undeclared allergensIf you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details go to MPI Food Safety here
Information on potential food allergens that must be declared on food labels or made available to you if you ask for it. See the Food Smart website here
Anaphylaxis Campaign - #takethekit
Our friends at Anaphylaxis Campaign have recently released a hard-hitting short film to alert severely allergic young people to the importance of carrying their Adrenaline Auto-Injector (AAI), the first line of treatment for anaphylaxis. Watch the video here.