Support, Connection, Understanding

 

All families and individuals dealing with these chronic conditions deserve our community support. 

Therefore we aim to achieve the following with the help of our community;

  • Provide support to individuals and their carers experiencing a significant impact to their quality of life as a result of Chronic Allergic Diseases and/or Chronic Skin Conditions.
  • Reduce feelings of isolation and improve quality of life through a number of different activities, services and networks.
  • Increase community awareness and understanding of these medical conditions and the impact they have on individuals and their carers/family.
  • Actively fundraise in order to provide this support to those in need.

Member Care & Connection Program  

This Program is a way in which Hands to Hold can provide consultations with allied and medical health professionals.  We know getting that initial help is difficult and expensive, but early intervention is best – especially when it comes to skin, allergy and mental health.  

  • Our aim, for the psychology side of this program, is for our members to be able to access psychology/counselling services with a provider that has a strong understanding of the issues our members face. Each provider will go through a Hands to Hold orientation program.

  • As we develop more funding sources, we aim to expand this program to provide financial assistance to access other private medical professionals, products and services. We hope to get people help sooner than our public system might otherwise be able to deliver.

This is for every Hands to Hold member that is in need.  There are no big hoops to jump through and as long as you are not a millionaire, financial need will be self assessed by the member (you).  Membership to Hands to Hold is free and all we ask is for your involvement – in whatever shape that can take for you (this will depend on personal circumstances).

For more information on our MCCP read our announcement here.

Useful links 

We are a support network with a focus of providing emotional and practical assistance through our community support.  We do not give medical advice or generate our own medical information.  Therefore, we have provided links to a few websites that you may wish to review for further information;

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA): www.allergy.org.au/

Find Allergists & Immunologists:  https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-and-clinical-immunology-services/how-to-locate-a-specialist

Find Dermatologists:  https://www.dermcoll.edu.au/find-a-dermatologist/

Alternative Therapies and Medial Advice - Hands to Hold position statement:

We are aware that there are many options or avenues to treat or manage allergies and eczema, some of which may or may not be of interest or benefit to you.  However, Hands to Hold does not intend to give direct medical or treatment advice, but rather practical support and opportunities to share personal experiences.  We do recognise that chronic allergies & eczema are very complex and require a complete lifestyle approach.  There is often no quick fix at this stage. For treatment information or recommendations we refer to the appropriate medical professional bodies, such as ASCIA (Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy), Australiasian College of Dermatologists and the appropriate patient support organisations such as A&AA (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia).  And ask your GP and specialist.  Seek independent medical advice.

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Hands to Hold is a support network only.  Information received from a facilitator or a guest of Hands to Hold, does not constitute medical advice.  You should seek independent medical or professional advice.