Social and mobile software to support those with food allergies and intolerances

In Australia, approximately 6% of children are affected by food allergies. As part of the task of caring for these children, parents and other caregivers may be responsible for:

  • supervising oral food challenges and/or elimination diets at home
  • communicating results to medical specialists and allied healthcare professionals
  • managing medicines and topical treatments for allergies and related conditions such as eczema and asthma
  • seeking out appropriate specialised food items, recipes and other resources to meet the child’s needs.

As the number of children diagnosed with food allergies and intolerances grows, support groups, online forums and other social networking tools play an increasingly important role in assisting families. This project seeks to understand:

  • the current role played by social software
  • the everyday information capture and sharing tasks faced by parents and other caregivers
  • emerging opportunities for social and mobile software to support families dealing with food allergies.

This project is funded by the Margaret Peel Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2014).

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