Life with allergies can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be free from fun and adventure.
The Free To program delivered through Allergy Support Hub (ASH) supports West Australian children and their families to live a full life alongside their allergy diagnosis.
ASH provide on the ground support, education, and psychological services to children with allergies and their families. Through the implementation of urgent care services, support groups, workshops, and counselling, they are the only charity in WA providing on the ground support to help children and their families to navigate allergies from the point of diagnosis right through to managing important life transitions.
On average around eight children will present to a WA emergency department every day, following their first anaphylactic reaction. There are over 40,000 children in WA living with allergies.
There is no cure for this chronic condition. Instead, children must strictly avoid allergens and carry lifesaving medication in case of accidental exposure.
As you can imagine, avoidance is not simple. Meal preparation, food labelling, elimination of common household and environmental triggers, along with the constant fear and anxiety of being around others who do not understand allergies, are just some of the challenges experienced by children and their families.
Funds provided by Telethon will allow Allergy Support Hub to expand and increase access to these vital services and provide WA children diagnosed with allergies and their families with the support they need to manage allergies, and reduce the worry, stress and anxiety associated with living daily life with allergies.