The AusPollen project provides allergy and asthma patients with accurate, relevant, localised information on pollen levels in the air. AusPollen will lead to reduced symptoms and improved quality of life of patients by empowering them to self-manage their condition through making timely decisions about preventative medicine and avoidance strategies.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
ASCIA
Asthma Australia
CSIRO
Stallergenes Greer
Meteo Swiss

Acknowledgement:

The AusPollen Partnership was supported (September 2016 – August 2020) by NHMRC and matching in kind and cash contributions from partner organisations.

The AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network depends on short term, competitive grants and needs resources to sustain this activity. If you or your organisation is able to help sponsor pollen monitoring please contact us by eamil auspollen@qut.edu.au.

The Australian Pollen Allergen (AusPollen) Partnership is a multi-centre cross-disciplinary team of eminent investigators with extensive expertise in multiple aspects of grass pollens, allergic respiratory disease, plant biotechnology, molecular immunology, pollen aerobiology, climatology, and biostatistics. The AusPollen Partnership was awarded a four-year grant from the NHMRC (2016-2020).

The AusPollen partnership has established a standardised national pollen monitoring network. Since inception, the AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network of active pollen monitoring sites has grown from several to 25 involving multiple collaborative projects led by many investigators.

Grass pollen

Information about pollen and spore monitoring sites can be found on NEMSR under the AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Monitoring Network title, including the founding sites of the AusPollen Partnership, the AirRater sites (https://airrater.org/); the VicTAPS sites; and new sites associated with an ARC Discovery Project.

The AusPollen program was co-designed and initiated with in kind and cash contributions from partner organisations: The Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Asthma Australia, Stallergenes, the Bureau of Meteorology CSIRO and MeteoSwiss.

The AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network includes affiliated projects; NHMRC AusPollen (GNT 1116107), AirRater, VicTAPS, Deakin AirWatch and ARC Discovery Projects (DP170101630, DP190100376).

The AusPollen Aerobiology Standard Working Party has been established in mid 2019 with the purpose to provide ongoing oversight for standardized pollen and spore monitoring in Australia, ensuring quality and consistency of pollen and spore data for the community, clinicians and research purposes.

 

Pollen trap

Outcomes of the Project to date

AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network

Expansion to 25 sites; AusPollen, ARC Discovery, AirRater, VicTAPS, Star-Q.

Innovative forecasting

Devadas et al., Sci Tot Env, 2018,

Applied VicTAPS (BOM and Vic DHHS)

 

Evaluation of patient benefit and need

pre- and post-season questionnaires.

Medek et al., Aerobiologia, 2019

National Environmental Monitoring Sites Register

NEMSR Data Viewer

AusPollen Vocabulary List 

 

Australian Pollen and Spore Monitoring Interim Standard and Protocols

applied VicTAPS 2017; ASCIA Health Professional paper V2.0 2018

Site Audit Procedure & Checklist

applied VicTAPS 2017.

 

Quality control of pollen counter proficiency

Milic et al., Aerobiologia, 2019

Addison-Smith et al., Aerobiologia, 2020

 

Working Party for AusPollen Aerobiology Standard

reporting to peak body (ASCIA & AAA in preparation).