The AusPollen project will provide allergy and asthma patients with accurate, relevant, localised information on pollen counts.  AusPollen will lead to reduced symptoms, improved quality of life, and will empower patients to self-manage their condition.

Local daily grass pollen forecasts will help people with allergies to grass pollen to manage their symptoms better! 

 

How the AusPollen partnership will help Australians with hay fever and allergic asthma

1. Local grass pollen counts help patients manage their hay fever and asthma, thereby improving the health and wellbeing of patients.

2. Patients will be empowered to avoid exposure to pollen allergens.

3. Patients will be educated about triggers for asthma and hay fever, encouraging better use and effectiveness of prescribed medications.

4. The AusPollen outcomes will inform education material and evidenced-based clinical guidelines on allergen immunotherapy for the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Asthma Australia.

 

Background Information

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma attacks triggered by grass pollen, can regularly affect up to three million Australians.  Natural factors such as ecology, land cover, weather and wind direction influence seasonal and daily levels of airborne pollen.   Even moderate levels of airborne grass pollen can reduce quality of life by disrupting regular activities.  

The annual direct medical cost of asthma alone is $1.1 billion, according to Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy’s (ASCIA) Access Economics Report of 2007. The total societal cost of asthma and allergies was estimated at $30 billion. 

 

 

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