Information paper

Asthma & Allergy

Think asthma, think allergy. This information paper looks at the relationship between asthma and allergy, focussing on allergy triggers and patterns, diagnosis and testing, allergy avoidance, and specific allergen immunotherapy.


This information paper was prepared in consultation with the following health professionals:

  • Professor Frank Thien, allergist and respiratory physician
  • Associate Professor Mimi Tang, paediatric allergist and immunologist
  • Associate Professor Sheryl van Nunen, allergist and immunologist
  • Dr Jenny Gowan, pharmacist 
  • Dr Marnie Robinson, paediatric allergist
  • Dr Victoria Smith, general practitioner
  • Dr Ron Tomlins, general practitioner
  • Ms Naomi Fenton, nurse practitioner

And with the assistance of Ms Lesh Karan, medical writer.

Supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Recommended citation

National Asthma Council Australia  
Asthma and Allergy: An information paper for health professionals 
Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia, 2013.


A PDF copy of the references is available for download here.

Patient brochure

A corresponding version of this information paper has been developed for people with asthma and their carers: Asthma & Allergy: A guide to the management of allergy for those living with asthma 


Printed copies of our resources, including this information paper and patient brochure, can be ordered by clicking here.

To order larger numbers of this patient brochure, please contact the Department of Health's warehouse directly: National Mailing and Marketing on 02 6269 1080 or email: 


Although all care has been taken, this information paper is only a general guide; it is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained.

© 2013

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