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Do you own a GP practice? Are you already using SmartVax?
Are you keen to find out more about how you can incorporate SmartStartAllergy into your practice?
Register your interest today!

about

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.

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WHY?

Food allergy is increasing in Australia and it is estimated that one in ten infants now have 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 when their child is 12 months old.
 
Parents will also receive a brief smartphone questionnaire to find out about any allergic reactions, family history of allergy and if their child has eczema.
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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.

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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.

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