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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.
SMS and smartphone technology is used to assist and educate parents about food allergies in infants and identify allergic reactions to food.
Research shows that giving infants the common allergy causing foods before they are one year of age can greatly reduce their risk of developing an allergy to that food.
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) guidelines recommend the introduction of solid foods when the infant is ready at around 6 months, but not before 4 months. Delaying the introduction of the common allergy causing foods does not prevent food allergy.
Breastfeeding should continue during the introduction of solid foods.
How does it work?
what do i Tell my patients?
Once you are signed up to SmartStartAllergy, you simply let your patients know that your practice is participating in the program to help understand and prevent food allergies in children.
You can encourage your patients to participate in the program and advise them that participation is voluntary. Similarly, they can opt out at any time.
what happens with the information?
The de-identified data from SmartStartAllergy will support the National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project to better understand this important issue and improve support to GPs and parents.
GPs will be notified of the more serious reactions via the GP Inbox in their clinical software.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to the practice, as SmartStartAllergy is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
HOW does my practice participate?
Any Australian General Practice using either Best Practice or Medical Director can participate in SmartStartAllergy, which is part of the SmartVax application. It can be run independently or alongside the vaccine safety monitoring and reminder modules.
Exiting SmartVax participants can be given access to SmartStartAllergy through a simple upgrade.
Any significant food allergies identified through SmartStartAllergy will be communicated to GPs with a supported management pathway.