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Coeliac Australia’s Vision

To enhance the quality of life of people requiring a gluten free diet for life and to encourage and support research towards a cure or other ethical forms of treatment.

Coeliac Australia is a national federated not-for-profit body comprising five state organisations supporting people with coeliac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and those medically diagnosed as requiring a gluten free diet.

Coeliac Australia was formed to provide a forum to promote the national welfare and uniformity of purpose and objectives of the state Coeliac organisations throughout Australia. Coeliac Australia provides a framework for the states to work together, share resources and fulfil our vision. We strive to achieve this by:

  • Providing a range of support and information services to make living with coeliac disease easier
  • Representing a combined membership base of just under 25,000 people affected by coeliac disease or medically diagnosed as requiring a gluten free diet
  • Raising vital funds to support research and appropriate programs
  • Raising awareness of coeliac disease and the gluten free diet within the medical profession, the food and hospitality industry along with the general public.
  • Work with manufacturers and peak representative groups on issues of mutual interest
  • Represent state Coeliac organisations in all dealings with the Australian Federal Government and Agencies.

About the state Coeliac organisations

All state Coeliac organisations provide support and information to those diagnosed with coeliac disease and their families, sufferers of dermatitis herpetiformis and those medically diagnosed as requiring a gluten free diet.

Through membership of your state coeliac organisation, information is available on the disease, the gluten free diet, ingredients, where to buy, cooking and recipes, eating out, overseas travel and education and research material. Activities such as information seminars, cooking demonstrations, shopping tours, gluten free food expos, support group meetings and children’s events may be held.

The combined membership of the state Coeliac orgnisations is just under 25,000.

Awareness of coeliac disease and the gluten free diet

A major goal of Coeliac Australia is to increase awareness of all facets of coeliac disease. Coeliac Awareness Week (13-20 March annually) is a time when the organisation instigates publicity, events, and programs which will generate more awareness regarding coeliac disease and the gluten free diet. We target those within and connected to the medical and dietary professions, the food and hospitality industry and the general public.

Although a concentrated effort is undertaken during Coeliac Awareness Week, raising awareness is a year round project for Coeliac Australia.

Food standards and labelling

Coeliac Australia actively works with both government and industry committees in relation to the gluten free standard and allergen labelling.

The standard for claims in relation to gluten labelling is –

  • Foods labelled as gluten free must contain no detectable gluten and no oats or malted gluten-containing cereals or their products.
  • Foods labelled as low gluten must contain less than 200ppm (parts per million) of gluten (low gluten foods are rarely seen in Australian and are not recommended for those on a gluten free diet).

Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling

Coeliac Australia is pleased to work with manufacturers and peak representative groups on issues of mutual interest.

A Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling has been developed and updated by the Australian Food and Grocery Council with input from Coeliac Australia. It covers allergen management, training and supervision, raw material processing, cleaning of premises, manufacturing and labelling.

Pharmaceuticals

The standard for gluten labelling of pharmaceuticals is in line with food labelling. A ‘gluten free’ claim therefore means no detectable gluten and the source of any ingredient derived from a gluten-containing grain will always be declared. Again, Coeliac Australia has had representation in this process. Further information on ingredients in prescription medications is included in the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) available from pharmacies.

 

Useful Links

Position Statements

 

Australia's gluten free labelling standards
Oats and the gluten free diet

Point of Care Testing for coeliac antibodies
Point of Care Testing - Full statement by MAC

 

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