Prof Kirsten Perrett discusses the rise in allergies on The Briefing

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 12:00 PM

The Briefing


It’s spring, so let’s talk allergies!

Australia is considered the allergy capital of the world. Allergic disease currently affects more than five million Australians and that number is expected to rise.

By 2050, the number of people affected by allergic diseases in Australia is predicted to increase by 70 per cent.

In this episode of The Briefing, Antoinette Lattouf speaks with Professor Kirsten Perrett, Director of the National Allergy Centre of Excellence, to find out why.

"At the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and through our Centre of Excellence, we are dedicated to helping address this public health crisis," she said. "We are trying to understand the causes, the consequences and what we can do about it through prevention, treatment and management strategies."

Prof Perrett discusses the most common allergies on the rise, including food allergies and meat allergies as a result of tick bites, as well as the main risk factors.

She also called for people living with - or caring for someone with - allergies to join the NACE Consumer Engagement Register to help shape allergy research.

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