SmartStartAllergy is an exciting collaboration between SmartVax and the National Allergy Strategy (NAS) and is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

We use SMS and smartphone technology to assist and educate parents about food allergies in infants and identify allergic reactions to food.



Food allergy is increasing in Australia, with one in ten infants now having a confirmed food allergy.

Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) guidelines recommend the introduction of solid foods between four and six months of age. It is recommended that common allergens be introduced by 12 months of age, to reduce the risk of food allergy developing.

How does it work?

Parents will receive a text message when their baby is 6, 9 and 12 months old to find out if they have introduced solid foods (including peanut). Subsequent messages will ask if their child has had an allergic reaction to any introduced foods. Some parents will only receive a text message at 12 months.
Parents will also receive a brief questionnaire to find out about any allergic reactions, family history of allergy, or if their child has eczema.

what do i need to do?

Simply respond with a Y for Yes or N for No.

If you respond Yes, you will receive follow up text messages asking for more information and a short link to a survey.

For the survey, please select the appropriate responses.



what happens with the information?

The data from SmartStartAllergy, along with all personal information removed, supports the National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project to allow better understanding of this important issue and improve support to GPs and parents.

GPs will be notified of the more serious reactions.


Do I Have To Respond?

No. Participation is entirely voluntary and your care will not be impacted if you choose not to participate.

If you do not wish to participate, simply ignore the message.

If you would prefer not to be sent any further messages, respond STOP to opt out.

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