From May 23-29, Food Allergy Awareness Week runs to raise awareness about food allergies in Australia to help reduce the risk of reaction for those living with food allergies and to help manage potentially life-threatening emergencies when they arise. Food Allergy Awareness Week is an annual initiative of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.
Australia has one of the highest reported incidences of food allergies in the world, and unfortunately the numbers are growing at an alarming rate. One in 10 babies that are born in Australia today will develop a food allergy. An allergic reaction can quickly become a life-threatening situation, where people can die as a result of the food allergy. Despite the fact that the risk cannot be removed, it can however be managed. It’s not just up to the allergy sufferer to be aware; the responsibility is on all of us to be allergy-aware. To do this it is key to learn how to minimise the risk of a reaction, to educate yourself on what to do if a reaction happens, and to of course make a conscientious effort to understand and support family, friends and colleagues living with food allergies.
For Food Allergy Awareness Week, members and friends are encouraged to share the Food Allergy Week resources that are found on its website across their personal social media pages to assist in informing others and ultimately raise awareness about everyday management of food allergy. You can call 1300 728 000 to speak with a health educator or visit allergyfacts.org.au/faw for further resources and to subscribe to a newsletter.