Population Allergy

Research area:  Population health

Prevention, early intervention, improved health and wellbeing for children and families living with food allergy

Australia is considered the allergy capital of the world, with over five million people living with allergic diseases. In children, our HealthNuts study has shown up to 10 percent of 12-month-olds in Australia have a clinically confirmed food allergy. While Hospital data also show a rapid increase in food allergy and anaphylaxis, with admissions in Australia increasing by 350 percent over the past two decades. 

To help address this public health crisis, our research is working to address the rising allergy epidemic in Australia and provide relief and hope to children who are living with food allergy and their families. This work informs clinical guidelines and public health policy for the clinical care and management of childhood food allergy.

Our vision is to help prevent the current 10 percent of infants developing food allergy by generating, translating and evaluating new knowledge about novel strategies to prevent – and early targeted interventions to treat – young children with food allergy. Specifically, our research looks at three levels of prevention:

  • Primary: prevention of development of food allergy
  • Secondary: prevention of adverse events in food allergic children
  • Tertiary: aiding development of tolerance.

The Population Allergy Group is one of the leading food allergy research centres in Australia. Our group secured a highly prestigious Centre for Research Excellence grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council in 2012 and again in 2017. This grant funds the Centre for Food & Allergy Research.

Video resources

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