Allergy and Immunology

  • Allergy and Immunology was formed in May 2006, following the merger of the separate Allergy and Immunology groups at the hospital. There has been a rapid rise in allergic disease in the last 30 years and community demand for allergy and immunology services has reached unprecedented levels.To address this increased demand, the Department has expanded its clinical service by increasing the number of appointments available and is investing in the training of the next generation of allergy specialists to better meet the needs of the community.

    Our Vision

    Our vision is "to improve the health of children with allergic and immune disorders" through the Department's core business of "advancing knowledge, clinical practice,  public health policy and research in the field of allergic and immune disorders".

    Our aim to provide secondary and tertiary outpatient and inpatient care for children with allergic and immune disorders in Victoria.  This includes children with food, drug, insect sting and latex allergy causing moderate to severe allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis), eczema, asthma, hayfever, immune deficiency and recurrent infection.

    Our Purpose

    We deliver the highest quality clinical care to children and families with allergic and immune disorders. We play a vital role in increasing awareness, understanding and knowledge of allergic and immune disorders in the community and health professionals through education, teaching and training. We play a leadership role in the development and improvement of health care policies and guidelines related to allergic and immune disorders. We also actively identify and pursue research priorities to prevent and improve management of these conditions.

    We do this by:

    • Providing multidisciplinary and evidence based secondary, tertiary and quaternary clinical care
    • A commitment to training and development of the highest calibre allergy  immunology specialists, paediatricians with a special interest in allergy, clinical nurse consultants and allied health professionals in the field
    • Delivering of the community education programs and resources
    • Shaping clinical practice by actively participating in national and international expert committees and peak professional bodies
    • Driving optimal health policy by providing expert opinion informed by research and clinical knowledge
    • Leading internationally recognized research into causative mechanisms, prevention and treatment of allergic and immune disorders
    • Collaboration with community, government and professional stakeholders
    • A team of passionate and dedicated professionals committed to our purpose

    Links and Partnerships

    The Department internally has links with the Departments of Nutrition and Food Services (Dietetics), Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, and General Paediatrics.

    External Links and Partnerships

    Professional Organisations

    • Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
    • Australasian Society for Immunology
    • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
    • Royal College of Pathologists Australasia
    • General Practitioner Divisions via Liaison Officer
    • Government
    • Department of Education and Training
    • Department of Human Services

    Registered Training Organisation, Community Groups, Charities and not for profit

    • Australian Education & Training
    • Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia Inc
    • The Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation
    • National Asthma Council Australia

    Hours of Operation

    Hours of operation for clinical offices are currently 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.


    Specialist Clinics Operation Hours

    Telephone calls regarding referrals and appointments 9345 6180

    Monday to Friday  8.15 am to 4.15pm

    We run a number of outpatient specialist clinics Monday-Friday.  Also 8 challenge clinics and 2 allergen de-sensitisation clinics per week (these a day inpatient clinics).

    Location of the Department and Physical Facilities

    We are situated on the 3rd floor in the Clinical offices of the West Building via the White lifts,for directions click on  link

    Clinical Services

    • Evaluation and treatment of allergic conditions including asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis, food, insect, drug, latex allergies and immune disorders. 
    • Diagnostic Testing including skin prick tests, intradermal skin prick tests, patch testing and challenge tests.
    • Immunotherapy for insect venom, aeroallergens such as house dust mites and pollens.