ASCIA is the peak professional medical organisation for allergy and clinical immunology in Australia and New Zealand. As such, ASCIA is committed to advancing the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology, by promoting education and the highest standard of ethical medical practice.
ASCIA is committed to supporting the AusPollen project (2016-2020) to build a national pollen monitoring program needed by patients and physicians to optimise their management of allergic respiratory health conditions (allergic rhinitis and asthma) triggered by pollen allergies.
For over 50 years Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations have been the leaders in asthma health care and research. Asthma Australia and member Foundations deliver high quality support to people with asthma and their carers. Asthma Australia delivers evidence-based preventative health strategies to over 200,000 people every year.
Asthma Australia is eager to understand better the differences in exposure to pollen allergen triggers for patients with asthma in Australia. The organisation has a particular interests in 1) evaluating the perceived short term benefits of providing patients and their doctors with regular pollen alerts and information on allergen triggers of asthma including grass pollen, and 2) assessing the additional benefits of renewed focus on self-management of asthma provided by the pollen alert campaign each pollen season.
The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warning's, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.
The Bureau is committed to supporting the AusPollen team to develop and evaluate the components required to establish a useable pollen forecast system in this initial phase.
CSIRO, an Australian Government corporate entity, is Australia's leading multidisciplinary research organisation, with more than 5000 talented people working out of 55 centres in Australia and internationally. CSIRO uses science to solve real issues, making a difference to industry, people and the planet. The organisation plays a vital role in enhancing collaboration within the Australian national innovation system, and as a trusted advisor to government, industry and the community.
CSIRO Health and Biosecurity has a strong research and delivery record in health and spatial risk-research and is committed to assisting the AusPollen team determine whether a spatial pollen forecast system can be improved through modelling wind dispersal of pollen.
Stallergenes is an international biopharmaceutical company specialized in allergen immunotherapy vaccines. Stallergenes is a company dedicated to the treatment of allergy-related respiratory diseases, such as severe rhinoconjunctivitis and allergic asthma, using allergen immunotherapy.
Stallergenes was involved since the inception of the project by facilitation of the first workshop in 2011 and remains committed to assist the AusPollen team to meet the ongoing needs for a pollen monitoring service to aid best clinical practice and management of allergic respiratory diseases triggered by pollen allergens.
The Federal Institute of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss is the governmental centre for information on weather and climate in Switzerland. It operates the national observation networks, issues weather forecasts and warnings, provides generic and tailor-made datasets for customers, and conducts research on themes ranging from now-casting to climate prediction. MeteoSwiss operates the Swiss national pollen observation network (17 stations).
Building on first encouraging results obtained in Switzerland with an automatic device (Plair PA-300), the project will allow MeteoSwiss to work with AusPollen to progress in identifying different types of bioaerosols using optical methods.
The AusPollen Partnership requires engagement and funding contributions from partner organizations including professional bodies, government and non-government organizations, philanthropic and industry partners. The funds contributed from the partners will contribute to the development of the project, extending the pollen counting station capabilities across Australia and to investigation of health impacts of pollen exposure.
If you or your organisation is able to contribute to sponsorship of the AusPollen Partnership please contact Associate Professor Janet Davies to discuss engagement options.