August 2018 E-Newsletter 

In this month's e-newsletter: 
  • University of Canterbury study 
  • ASCIA conference 2018
  • AGM - Invation to members
  • Seen in the media this month
University of Canterbury study 

The University of Canterbury has launched a study into the impact of living with food allergies on children and their families.
Study participants will be asked to complete questionnaires that will allow researchers to gain a better understanding of the impact Food Allergy can have on a family, particularly primary caregivers and the child with Food Allergy. These questionnaires will be mailed to you with return postage for returning them to ensure there is no monetary cost to you and are expected to take 20-30 minutes to complete.
If you have a child age 0-18 years) who has been diagnosed with food allergy and would be interested in the study, go here for more information, or email the primary researcher, Malena Penney at  
ASCIA 2018 Conference

Next week sees the annual Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) scientific conference being held in Canberra. Allergy New Zealand’s Mark Dixon (CEO) and Penny Jorgensen (Allergy Advisor) from will be attending, at ASCIA’s invitation. ‘These conferences give us a great opportunity to get the very latest in research, which is vital to Allergy New Zealand being able to keep its members, subscribers and the public up-to-date’ says Mark. Topics on the programme include food allergy research and clinical updates, latest developments in the Australian National Allergy Strategy,  asthma and aeroallergens, allergen immunotherapy, and non IgE-mediated food allergies.  
AGM - Invitation to members 

Dear Member,
Thank you for your continuing support as a member of Allergy New Zealand. This is to advise you that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 21st September 2018, from 7pm to 9pm, at our office, 97 Grafton Rd, Grafton, Auckland.
As a member of Allergy New Zealand you are welcome to attend.
The Agenda for the meeting and the Minutes from last year’s AGM are available on request, as are copies of the Board Nomination/ Proxy Vote form. Please email for these.
The 2017-18 Annual Report will be available at the AGM, and then available on our website ( after the meeting.
Please RSVP to:
Office Manager (email: or phone us on (09) 623 3912 or 0800 34 0800.
Allergy New Zealand
P O Box 56117
Dominion Road
Auckland 1446
Yours sincerely,  

Mark Dixon
Seen in the media this month 

Mild winter brings early onset hayfever to Canterbury

Newshub sat down with Allergy New Zealand CEO Mark Dixon to discuss the mid-winter rise of pollen in New Zealand, with Cantabrians noticing hayfever season settling in earlier than usual this year.
Click here to watch the full video and read the article. 

Warning over hospital meals: 'Significant risk' to some patients 

The Herald on Sunday and Newstalk ZB published stories on the significant risk for allergy sufferers eating meals while in hospital.

Allergy New Zealand CEO Mark Dixon detailed the vigilance those with allergies feel they must take, to avoid potentially serious reactions.

Click here to read the full article. 


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