The allergy epidemic: what is the Australian response?

Andrew S Kemp, Raymond J Mullins and John M Weiner
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00538.x
Published online: 21 August 2006

Australian researchers are at the forefront of allergy prevention and treatment

Allergic diseases increased dramatically throughout the 20th century, a change that has been described as an “epidemic”.1,2 To mark the launch of the the MJA Practice EssentialsAllergy series in this issue, we review some aspects of the Australian response.

  • Andrew S Kemp1
  • Raymond J Mullins2
  • John M Weiner3

  • 1 Department of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Medical School, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 3 Department of Respiratory Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



We would like to thank Dr Peter Smith for providing illustrations for this series.


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