Allergy and Immunology

  • Primary Immune Deficiency Update for Paediatricians 2017

    We will be hosting the first Primary Immune Deficiency Update for Paediatricians on Saturday 4th March 2017.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite

    Although individual primary immunodeficiency disorders are rare, collectively they are becoming increasingly prevalent and an important cause of chronic disease. With more than 30 new primary immunodeficiency gene defects identified in the last 2 years, it is important to recognise these emerging conditions to ensure early diagnosis and management of these patients. 

    The sessions will incorporate case studies and current practices in recognising and diagnosing a range of primary immunodeficiency disorders. This is your opportunity to hear from our leading specialists in the area of immunodeficiency and immune dysregulation. The event will be interactive with time for discussion, aiming to update and enhance paediatricians’ knowledge in identifying these conditions and facilitate early referral.

    PID 2017 Programme 

    8.45am: REGISTRATION  
    9 .00am:   Beware of  the lymphopenic child

    Dr Jo Smart

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant

    9.30am:   The child with chronic suppuration - when to think of an antibody deficiency

    Dr Jo Smart

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant


    Could this be an

    immunodeficiency syndrome?

    Dr Sharon Choo

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant

    10.30am:   The child with abscesses – should I be worried ?

    Dr Theresa Cole

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant

    11.00am: MORNING TEA  
    11.20am:   Infections with invasive encapsulated bacteria – are immune function tests necessary

    Dr Sam Mehr

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant

    11.50am:   Recurrent fevers – when to consider an autoinflammatory disorder

    Dr Sam Mehr

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant

    12.20pm: The child with cytopenias - autoimmune, immune dysregulation or immunodeficiency?

    Dr Sharon Choo

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant

    12.50PM: LUNCH  
    1.30pm:   Immunodeficiency Tests

    Dr Stephanie Richards

    Immunopathology Fellow

    1.50pm:   Immunoglobulin Therapy Update

    Ben Van Dort

    Immunology Clinical Nurse Consultant

    2.10pm:   Stem Cell Transplantation for primary immunodeficiencies

    Dr Theresa Cole

    Allergy-Immunology Consultant

    2.30pm:   Web-based PID Quiz - from participants' phones/tablets/laptops

    Dr Tim Brettig

    Dr Sabeena  Selvarajah

    Immunology Fellows

    3.00pm: FINISH  

    Our vision

    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 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 is 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 continue to work collaboratively with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and the University of Melbourne.

    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 works closely 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


    • Department of Education and Training (DET)
    • Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

    Registered training organisation, community groups, charities and not for profit

    • Australian Education & Training Pty Ltd (AE&T)
    • Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia Inc (A&AA)
    • 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 and location

    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 at desk H on level 2.  We also offer inpatient, food and drug allergy challenges and immunotherapy treatment in the day medical care unit also located on level 2.

    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, and challenge tests.
    • Immunotherapy for insect venom such as bee and jack jumper ant, aeroallergens such as house dust mites and pollens.