TaskforcesThere have been two task forces that have required and are still requiring significant input from Allied Healthcare Members. The first taskforce had to focus on the Standardisation of Allergy-focused diet history which has led to the publication of the Diet History Tools for paediatrics and adults.
The second taskforce is currently working on developing competencies for allied health professionals. This taskforce, is a collaborative venture with JMA and the Primary Care IG, is led by the current Allied health chair, Isabel Skypala, and is a multidisciplinary group consisting of dietitians, physicians, nurses and others. The membership includes, Isabel Skypala, Berber Vlieg-Boerstra, Carina Venter, Nicolette de Jong, Inger Kull, James Gardner, Andrew Williams, Dermot Ryan and Jan de Mochy.
FAAMAllied Healthcare professional member have been active in the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting (FAAM) in Dublin, October 2014. In the Allied Health Care Session the following 3 presentations were covered:
1. Dietary management of food allergy
2. Practical issues in the preparation of oral food challenges
3. Is growth in food allergic children just related to dietary elimination?
In addition to this, we had several members present in other sessions, including Dr. Carina Venter on “The Epidemiology of Food Allergy” and Dr.Isabel Skypala on “Do better allergy tests make the diet history obsolete?”.
Collaborative VenturesMany members of the Allied health IG were invited to present at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference. Topics included:
Spectrum of Gluten Disorders
State-of-the-Art Research: Diet and the Microbiome
Vitamin D and Food Allergy: A Review of the Evidence
Is Your Food-Allergic Child’s Diet Nutritionally Balanced?
FPIES: Dietary Pitfalls and Practical Management
Nutrition and Allergy: The Importance of a Healthy Diet
Non-IgE-Mediated Conditions in Children
Adverse Reactions to Foods in Adults
How to Wean the Atopic Infant and the Infant with Established Food Allergy
Taking an Allergy-Focused Dietary History