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June 2018 E-Newsletter 

In this month's e-newsletter: 
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week 
  • Kiwis still not feeling safe eating out! 
  • Allergy Today Winter Issue  
  • Allergy Free & Healthy Living Show 
Food Allergy Awareness Week  

A big thanks to all our Regional Coordinators for their efforts to raise allergy awareness in their local communities. Every activity at every school or classroom involved was creative and energetically presented. Our Allergy Poster was well received and a lot of fun was had sharing some serious messages about allergies with primary school children and their carers.
Download our free poster, here
Kiwis still not feeling safe eating out!

Our first ever joint online survey with Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia was successful and we look forward to further allergy research activity together. Thank you to Maria Said and her team for generously sharing their resources and high level data outcomes. And thank you to the record number of respondents we had to the survey!
The key findings were circulated during Food Allergy Awareness Week on both sides of the Tasman as follows:
  1. 75 per cent of NZ respondents had suffered a reaction to food they are allergic to whilst eating away from home. Nearly a third of these were severe.
  2. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents don’t feel confident eating away from home because of their/their family member’s food allergy.
  3. Nearly 90 per cent of respondents don’t think people have a good understanding of the seriousness of food allergy.
When we do the survey each year we really hope to see some steady improvement in these figures, I.e. that, with the help of the new regulations, an increasing number of food service operators will upskill their management of food processes and provide safe and enjoyable experiences for our food allergy sufferers.
Allergy Today 
We are just putting the finishing touches on our Winter issue of Allergy Today, so keep an eye out for it in your letterbox in the next week or two. This issue includes articles featuring the Atopic March, Eczema, and a guide to Food Allergen Labelling. There are also articles from our regular contributors, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation and the Malaghan Institute, as well as two enthralling personal pieces contributed by readers from Tauranga and Marlborough.  
Healthy Living & Allergy Show 

We’re thrilled to announce our association with a new event that will be touring the country from this year onwards. The Allergy Free and Healthy Living Expo will be hosted by Wellington-based conference and show coordinator Arada Promotions. They also stage the Green Expo and Baby Expo shows around NZ each year. Our first show will be in Wellington at Te Raupraha over the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September. Please mark it in your diaries now and we’ll keep you posted closer to the event!

Free Tickets are currently available online www.HealthyLivingsShow.co.nz

 
         
Date for AGM

Please mark Thursday 20th September 2018 in your diaries as the date for this year’s Allergy NZ Annual General Meeting.
HRV State of the Home Survey 

This annual survey is funded by HRV, who is one of Allergy NZ’s long-serving supporters. 
It’s running this week and next and like last year, if you’re able to participate, it will significantly enrich the data collected. HRV has included some allergy-specific questions and the data is now used by successive Governments in forming policy and guidelines around housing health and safety. The disturbing state of our housing health trends that can now be identified are proving invaluable to addressing and eliminating them in future. 

Here is the link:
- Allergy NZ https://bit.ly/2s41zSn  
 
The survey closes end of next week, so please jump online and submit it.
National Volunteers Conference - May 2018 

It was wonderful to reconnect and enjoy a weekend of training with almost all of our Regional Coordinators from around the country. Our RCs are a mix of loyal, energetic and caring volunteers who all share personal experience of allergies and a desire to make life that little bit better for others who are new to the challenges of living with allergies. They are a remarkably warm and intelligent group of people who are happy for total strangers in their communities to use their contact details when they are in need of allergy support. Mark and Penny shared the latest research and its impact on allergy management globally and locally, as well as gaining insight into the main allergy concerns in their local communities around NZ. It’s a very valuable update for all of us and ensures we continue to develop and deliver support and influence where it is most needed. A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all our volunteers!
 

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