Allergy guidelines for schools and childcare

Best practice guidelines for preventing and managing anaphylaxis in schools and children’s education and care setting have been launched by The National Allergy Strategy, a partner­ship between the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Austra­lia. The guidelines provide evidence-based information and support to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis, while also enabling children to participate in all activities. To support adoption of the guidelines, a new ‘Allergy Aware’ online hub has also been developed, providing free, evidence-based resour­ces. Access both at: www.allergyaware.org.au.

Hepatitis C: decline in testing, treatment uptake

A new national report reviewing Australia’s progress towards hepatitis C elimina­tion has highlighted a decline in hepatitis C testing and treatment uptake. The report, Australia’s Progress Towards Hepatitis C Elimination–Annual Report 2020, produced by the Burnet and Kirby Institutes, notes an ongoing decline in testing in 2020 for both hepatitis C antibody and RNA testing used to detect infections, as well is a decline in the uptake of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment for hepatitis C. The year 2020 was the first year since the DAA program commenced where fewer than 10,000 people were treated. Read the report at: https://burnet.edu.au/system/asset/file/5001/BurnetKirby-hepC-2021-report.pdf.