GPs earmarked for greater role in allergy care

GPs with a special interest in allergy may be accredited as Shared Care Allergy Practitioners to ease the load on overburdened allergy specialists, according to proposals in Australia's first National Allergy Strategy.

With patients waiting up to 18 months to see an allergy specialist and some dying of anaphylaxis due to a lack of ongoing care, it was essential to develop new models of care and referral pathways, the head of the Australasian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology said at the launch of the strategy on Friday.

In a scheme modelled on the existing Shared Antenatal Care system,