Allergies & Anaphylaxis in Babies and Children
Allergies are currently on the rise in many countries but correct education, assessment and treatment can decrease healthcare costs as well as decreasing the distress to children and families. Families need to be empowered with knowledge about their child’s allergy and as nurses we are well placed to offer this education.
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Education
“I have been a paediatric nurse for 23 years. In that time I have worked at both the children’s hospitals in Sydney. I have never worked with adults!
I have a Masters in Nursing, a graduate certificate in allergy nursing and a graduate cert in paediatric nursing, I have been an author of 7 publications. In 2017 I was an author in an article published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI)- the peak Allergy journal in the world. Now, I hope to commence my masters in Nursing- nurse practitioner in 2019.
I sort of fell into allergy nursing.I have a daughter who has food allergies and was asked because of my experience being a mum- to apply for a job as an allergy educator going into schools to provide education. This was over 12 yrs ago, this original role has lead to me becoming a clinical Nurse consultant in Allergy and Anaphylaxis Education and the co-manager of the NSW Anaphylaxis Education Program. The program provides education and support around allergies and anaphylaxis to schools, preschools, children’s services, families, the community and health professionals across NSW.I have a particular interest in adolescents with food allergies. I am passionate that children and adolescents don’t miss out on anything due to their allergies.I would like to become a nurse practitioner so that I can provide care for children and adolescents across NSW with allergies especially those who have trouble accessing a specialist.”