Our Mission

Allergy Support Hub (ASH) is a not-for-profit organisation, helping people and families with allergies live their best life through support, education and counselling.

International research indicates that people living with an allergic condition may experience stress and anxiety associated with the daily management of allergies (including anaphylaxis). ASH started from an identified need for services that provide direct social and emotional help to people with a diagnosed allergy, as well as their families and carers.

Our Team

Emma Warner

Emma is a Registered Psychologist with more than 15 years experience in counselling across community (not-for-profit), education and private sectors. Her interest in the provision of support for individuals and families living with allergies came from when her son was diagnosed with an egg and dairy allergy, and later peanut, walnut and pecan. Emma is dedicated to providing evidence-based psychological support, specifically targeted at the complexities of food allergy management to address the stress and anxiety that may result after a diagnosis and through the lifespan of an individual’s management of their allergic condition.

Emma is the first psychologist to register as an associate member of ASCIA. She is also registered with the Paediatric Society of Psychologists and their Allergic Diseases Special Interest Group. Emma holds General Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a Junior member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, staying up to date with relevant research into the quality of life impact of allergic conditions on individuals across the world.

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Monique Kerr

Monique has a masters in psychology with more than 10 years’ experience in coaching, psychological assessment, personal and career development and facilitating workshops. Monique has extensive personal experience with allergies, starting with a nut allergy diagnosed at the age of 2. She and her three children have all been diagnosed with food allergies, asthma and eczema. She has spent the last eleven years managing a range of allergic conditions, including anaphylaxis, FPIES, EoE, asthma and eczema. During this time she recognised a significant gap in the support services available to children and families managing allergic conditions. This experience sparked her passion and prompted her to move from the world of corporate psychology and use her skills and experience to support individuals and families on the same journey. Monique is focused on providing evidence-based practical support services to individuals, families and children, providing a safe space where they can connect with each other and have fun along the way.

Bethany Lord

Bethany has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years, working across paediatrics, private health, service development and quality management in both the public and private sector. Having completed both a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Business Administration, Bethany has experience in both business management and health services to support the setup, governance and management of the Allergy Support Hub. Bethany’s passion for helping people and families with allergies began when her son Max was diagnosed with both an egg and peanut allergy at 6 months of age. Bethany feels she was lucky to have a trained psychologist with experience in allergies (AKA Emma) to help her begin the journey and also support at various stages of Max’s development. Everyone needs a friend and resource like Emma and Monique and helping setup the Allergy Support Hub is Bethany’s way of helping families in need.

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