The Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA)
“The Eczema Association of Australasia Inc supports and educates Eczema sufferers and carers, along with the wider community, in all aspects of Eczema and its impact.”
In January 1994 Heather Jacobs founded the ‘Eczema Support Group’, which is now known as the Eczema Association of Australasia Incorporated (EAA).
As a mother who had watched her daughter suffer from eczema from three months of age and had searched high and low for advice and solutions to no avail, she decided to establish an organisation offering information and support to people with eczema and their carers. She in turn, founded the first eczema organisation of its kind in Australia.
Eczema Association of Australasia Incorporated (EAA):
- is a national, non-profit organisation
- is an incorporated body
- has international links
- has Public Benevolent Status
- is a registered charity in Queensland
- has its name registered with the Australian Securities Commission
- has a Medical Advisory Board which is consulted regularly for up-to-date information
- has a good working relationship with:
a) dermatologists – both Australian & International
b) other medical practitioners
c) pharmaceutical companies
d) political representatives from various parties
e) many companies who manufacture products which may beuseful to eczema sufferers.
The EAA is one of only three similar groups of its kind in the world.
The purpose of the EAA is to:
- be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers
- be a facilitator of information on the many and varied aspects of eczema
- increase public awareness of eczema
- further educate the public in general regarding the condition of eczema
- ensure the improved treatment of sufferers and carers in public situations
- improve and broaden the availability of medical treatment and supplies for eczema sufferers and carers
- maintain links with medical professionals to ensure continuance of up-to-date information.
- continue updating our electronic data base with statistical information which has been gathered from questionnaires sent to all contacts.
- to secure ongoing funding for an annual Licence for our recently funded specialised computer statistics program in which we have begun to record our questionnaire information and from which we hope to be able to source information for various research studies.
- to conduct specialised research into the causes and effects of eczema.
- to greatly increase the public awareness of its existence. There are an estimated 2.5 million sufferers in Australia and, due to a shortage of funds, many people are unaware that we are here to help eczema sufferers and carers.
- to produce the “Caring For Your Eczema” booklet in languages other than English to fully commit to the support of Eczema sufferers and carers regardless of social or cultural differences.
- to produce a range of brochures for eczema sufferers and carers dealing with the topics – Eczema at School, Eczema in the Workplace, Eczema & Behaviour, Eczema & Relationships, Eczema & Emollients, Eczema & Topical Cortisones.
- to establish a relevant questionnaire to assist with the application of the Child Disability Allowance obtainable from Centrelink.
- to establish a substantial list of respite care facilities available throughout Australia.
- to raise funds to ensure the continuance of the Association and the fulfillment of the above aims and objectives.