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Differences in grass pollen allergen exposure across Australia

Beggs, Paul J; Katelaris, Constance H; Medek, Danielle; Johnston, Fay H; Burton, Pamela K; Campbell, Bradley; Jaggard, Alison K; Vicendese, Don; Bowman, David M. J. S; Godwin, Ian; Huete, Alfredo R; Erbas, Bircan; Green, Brett J; Newnham, Rewi M; Newbigin, Ed; Davies, Janet M; Haberle, Simon

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OBJECTIVE Allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma are important chronic diseases posing serious public health issues in Australia with associated medical, economic, and societal burdens. Pollen are significant sources of clinically relevant outdoor aeroallergens, recognised as both a major trigger for, and cause of, allergic respiratory diseases. This study aimed to provide a national, and indeed international, perspective on the state of Australian pollen data using a large representative...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBeggs, Paul J
dc.contributor.authorKatelaris, Constance H
dc.contributor.authorMedek, Danielle
dc.contributor.authorJohnston, Fay H
dc.contributor.authorBurton, Pamela K
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Bradley
dc.contributor.authorJaggard, Alison K
dc.contributor.authorVicendese, Don
dc.contributor.authorBowman, David M. J. S
dc.contributor.authorGodwin, Ian
dc.contributor.authorHuete, Alfredo R
dc.contributor.authorErbas, Bircan
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Brett J
dc.contributor.authorNewnham, Rewi M
dc.contributor.authorNewbigin, Ed
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Janet M
dc.contributor.authorHaberle, Simon
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-21T02:52:00Z
dc.date.available2015-05-21T02:52:00Z
dc.identifier.issn1326-0200
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13539
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE Allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma are important chronic diseases posing serious public health issues in Australia with associated medical, economic, and societal burdens. Pollen are significant sources of clinically relevant outdoor aeroallergens, recognised as both a major trigger for, and cause of, allergic respiratory diseases. This study aimed to provide a national, and indeed international, perspective on the state of Australian pollen data using a large representative sample. METHODS Atmospheric grass pollen concentration is examined over a number of years within the period 1995 to 2013 for Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, and Sydney, including determination of the 'clinical' grass pollen season and grass pollen peak. RESULTS The results of this study describe, for the first time, a striking spatial and temporal variability in grass pollen seasons in Australia, with important implications for clinicians and public health professionals, and the Australian grass pollen-allergic community. CONCLUSIONS These results demonstrate that static pollen calendars are of limited utility and in some cases misleading. This study also highlights significant deficiencies and limitations in the existing Australian pollen monitoring and data. IMPLICATIONS Establishment of an Australian national pollen monitoring network would help facilitate advances in the clinical and public health management of the millions of Australians with asthma and allergic rhinitis.
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding support for the Working Group came from the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS), Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), which is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and the Super Science Initiative. MSD provided additional independent untied co-sponsorship for the Working Group. Alison Jaggard has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust (project reference number 2011/RD/0049).
dc.format5 pages
dc.publisherWiley
dc.rights© 2015 The Authors © 2015 Public Health Association of Australia
dc.sourceAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
dc.subjectallergen
dc.subjectallergic asthma
dc.subjectallergic rhinitis
dc.subjectpollen
dc.subjectseason
dc.titleDifferences in grass pollen allergen exposure across Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume39
dcterms.dateAccepted2014-10
dc.date.issued2015-02
local.identifier.absfor060705 - Plant Physiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB933
local.publisher.urlhttp://au.wiley.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHaberle, Simon G., CAP School of Culture, History and Language, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn1753-6405
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage51
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage55
local.identifier.doi10.1111/1753-6405.12325
local.identifier.absseo970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
dc.date.updated2016-06-14T08:34:48Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84922237015
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