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Food Allergy Week 2017

Richard Di Natale 11 May 2017

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale):

To move— That the Senate—

(a) notes that:
(i) next week, 14 to 20 May 2017, is Food Allergy week
(ii) 1 in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy that could threaten their life every day
(iii) over half a million (650,000) Australians have a diagnosed food allergy
(iv) Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the developed world, and that incidence of food allergy is growing at an alarming rate;

and (b) acknowledges that:
(i) with no known cure for food allergy, awareness and education is of utmost importance, as a severe allergic reaction and/or anaphylaxis can rapidly become life threatening, and must be treated as a medical emergency
(ii) Food Allergy Week is an opportunity to highlight the high rates of food allergy in Australia and to encourage Australians to be aware of food allergies and know how to respond in an emergency situation, and
(iii) allergy sufferers, friends and family members can visit the Food Allergy Week website or contact Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia for a range of resources, and support on living with, and responding to food allergies.

Motion Carried

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