Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect. Act for Kids have helped thousands of children and families for over 30 years. Act for Kids operates over 26 centres with a team of over 350 staff. Their services have expanded to include integrated therapy, support for vulnerable families, special workshops to empower kids and safe houses in remote Aboriginal communities.
Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia's biggest and most misunderstood social problems.Tens of thousands of children are being abused and neglected every year. With the help of not-for-profit organisation, Act for Kids, these children can be supported and move towards a positive change in their life.
Act for Kids holds a number of events throughout the year to raised important funds and awareness of the work that they do! With centres from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Adelaide to Cairns there are so many ways you can help! Whether through donations, volunteering your time or services or just sharing the word about what they do!
See what's coming up at Act for Kids by liking their Facebook page or heading to their website www.actforkids.com.au
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation established in 1993. As the trusted charity for allergy support, their mission is to listen, guide and educate Australians living with allergic disease. To improve awareness of allergy in the Australian community, they share current information, educate, advocate, promote research, guide and support Australians to manage life with allergy.
The outreach extends to individuals, families, school, workplaces, health professionals, government, food industry and all Australians. Living with one or more allergic conditions can impact on your quality of life. With more than 20 years experience and a Medical Advisory Board to consult for advice, their commitment is to do their best to assist you in a world where research into allergic disease continues.Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia work closely with peak medical bodies including the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and are part of an international alliance of like-minded organisations.
An allergy, is an overreaction by the body's immune system to a normally harmless substance. Substances that can trigger an allergic reaction are called allergens. Allergens may be in medication, in the environment (eg. pollens, grasses, moulds, dogs and cats), or proteins (most often) in the foods we eat. Individuals can have mild/moderate or severe allergies.
Allergies should not to be confused with an intolerance, which does not involve the immune system.In Australia allergies are very common. Around one in three people will develop allergies at some time during their life. The most common allergic conditions are food allergies, eczema, asthma and hay fever. Food allergy occurs in around ten percent of children and approximately two percent of adults.Having a food allergy means that when you eat a food containing that protein (allergen), the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, triggering symptoms that can affect a person's breathing, stomach and gut, skin and/ or heart and blood pressure.The same immune response occurs in drug allergy when a drug is ingested or injected and in insect allergy when a sting or bite occurs. There are also less common allergens that can also cause such an immune response.
For someone with a severe allergy, exposure to the allergen can cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis affects the whole body, often within minutes of exposure.
Signs of a mild to moderate allergic reaction are:
Signs of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) are:
For more information or to find out how you can get involved visit their website www.allergyfacts.org.au