Allergy and Immunology

  • Our vision

    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 allergy to:

    • food
    • drug
    • insect sting and;
    • latex 

     Allergic reactions can be mild to moderate or severe involving the respiratory or the cardiovascular system (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
    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 in Reception F.  Please call 9345 6180 for information regarding referrals and appointments. 

    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 wasp, aeroallergens such as house dust mites and pollens.