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Mums and dads of Perth! The SPECIAL study needs your help!

Does your child have an antibiotic allergy? Or do you believe they have an allergy due to a family history of an antibiotic allergy?

The Safely Preventing Errors and Complications due to Inappropriate Allergy Labelling (SPECIAL Kids) study is seeking children who have an antibiotic allergy to take part in research at Perth Children’s Hospital. The study aims to confirm or remove antibiotic allergy labels.



On average, 6% of West Australian children and 18% of the adult population have an antibiotic allergy label. However, up to 90% of adults and children reporting a penicillin allergy can tolerate the drug and are not truly allergic.

As such, the consequences associated with restricted antibiotic options can be far reaching. People, including children, with antibiotic allergy labels are more likely to be readmitted to hospital after discharge and have recurrent infections.

This is a voluntary study that runs over two years, and involves a phone call with one of the friendly doctors, plus the opportunity for a de-labelling challenge in a safe environment.

You don’t need a referral, so it is easy to take part.

To find out more or to take part, get in touch with the SPECIAL study team between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 6456 4597 or 0435 298 548, or by emailing PCH.AllergyDe-labelling@health.wa.gov.au.

Find out more about this study here.

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