Perineal trauma at birth

A new national standard of care has been released to reduce the risk of women experiencing a serious perineal tear at childbirth and, for those who do experience such tears, to receive appropriate care to optimise their physical and psychological recovery. Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tears Clinical Standard, released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality of Health Care, notes that 3% of all Australian women giving birth and 5% of those having their first vaginal birth are affected by a third or fourth degree vaginal tear. Access the standard at: www.safetyandquality.gov.au/information-clinicians-third-and-fourth-degree-perineal-tears-clinical-care-standard.

Oral immunotherapy for food allergy

A new position paper on oral immunotherapy (OIT) for food allergy for health professionals and frequently asked questions document for patients, consumers and carers have been published by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). According to ASCIA, OIT is an emerging treatment for food allergy with several clinical trials on the therapy for food allergy underway; however, currently there is no evidence that OIT is a food allergy cure. Possible benefits of, recent data on and safety issues concerning OIT for food allergy are among the topics covered in the position paper, available at: www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/new-ascia-oral-immunotherapy-for-food-allergy-information.