Facilitating and accelerating allergy research
Allergy affects more than 20 per cent of Australians and represents an annual financial burden of over $10 billion to the Australian economy.
In a world-first, the National Allergy Centre of Excellence (NACE), together with the National Allergy Council (NAC), will work to address the rising toll of allergic disease in this country.
Our goals are simple, we will:
- Tackle the debilitating health outcomes and costs of allergy;
- Address the majority of recommendations from the Australian Government’s 2020 Walking the allergy tightrope report; and
- Improve the lives of five million Australians living with allergy.
In 2019 a bipartisan Parliamentary Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis took place. As a result, the Walking the allergy tightrope report made 24 recommendations to address the critical need for a national plan of action.
In August 2022, the NACE and NAC received funding from the Australian Government. From this, $10.2 million supports the expansion of the Centre for Food Allergy Research (CFAR), hosted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, into the NACE.
The NACE pillars
Four broad pillars underpin our national plan of action:
Allergy Research Pillar: Overseeing a Clinical Trials Network and an Allergy Studies Directory to improve access to treatments; as well as national standardised outcome measures and tools for researchers.
Repository & Discovery Pillar: Harnessing the power of big data analysis through a National Allergy BioRepository to drive research underpinning individualised healthcare.
Evidence & Translation Pillar: Leading a series of living systematic reviews and stakeholder roundtables to seamlessly connect evidence and practice.
Training & Innovation Pillar: Supporting and mentoring the next generation of allergy experts through competitive scholarships and fellowships.
The NACE pillars will generate the tools and resources to facilitate and accelerate allergy research. The NACE will also give consumers, clinicians and policy makers access to the latest evidence-based research into allergy preventions, intervention and treatment.
The NACE and NAC partnership
The National Allergy Centre of Excellence (NACE) and National Allergy Council (NAC) will transform allergy research and clinical care to help save lives, improve health and reduce the burden of allergic disease.
The NAC is a progression of the National Allergy Strategy and will continue to be a partnership between the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. The Centre for Food Allergy Research (CFAR) has expanded to become the NACE, which will generate and synthesise the evidence-base that underpins the activities of the NAC to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of evidence-based management of allergic disease.