AusPollen: Implementation of a standardized national pollen alert system for better management of allergic respiratory health

In Australia, grass pollen is the main outdoor trigger for hay fever and allergic asthma. This AusPollen project will build and evaluate our first standardised pollen monitoring network. Pollen alerts and healthcare information will be delivered to patients and doctors via websites and Apps. The AusPollen program was initiated with The Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Asthma Australia, Stallergenes, the Bureau of Meteorology CSIRO and MeteoSwiss.

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Project Commencement: 2016

Funding / Grants

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (2016 - 2020)

Other Team Members

  • Associate Professor Bircan Erbas, La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Professor Constance Katelaris, Campbelltown Hospital & Western Sydney University, Sydney
  • Associate Professor Ed Newbigin, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne
  • Professor Alfredo Huete, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney
  • Dr Elizabeth Ebert, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne
  • Dr Rieks van Klinken, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Brisbane
  • Professor Simon Haberle, The Australian National University, Canberra
  • Dr Danielle Medek,  Waitemata District Hospital, New Zealand
  • Associate Professor Paul Beggs,  Macquarie University, Sydney


Other Partners




  • Beggs, Paul, Davies, Janet, Milic, Andelija, Haberle, Simon, Johnston, Fay, Jones, Penelope, Katelaris, Constance, Newbigin, Edward (2018) Australian Airborne Pollen and Spore Monitoring Network Interim Standard and Protocols
  • Medek, Danielle, Simunovic, Marko, Erbas, Bircan, Katelaris, Constance, Lampugnani, Edwin, Huete, Alfredo, Beggs, Paul, Davies, Janet (2019) Enabling self-management of pollen allergies: a pre-season questionnaire evaluating the perceived benefit of providing local pollen information. Aerobiologia, 35 (4), pp.777–782.