AFSA / ALLSA ALLERGY MASTERCLASSES ONLINE LEARNING ACADEMY + WEBINAR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

Introduction

"The Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is an educational and patient advocacy arm of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA). AFSA has an online training academy which is able to deliver high quality, CPD accredited, university accredited training, using a blended learning approach comprising online modules followed real-time online teaching. AFSA will run 4 allergy masterclasses in 2020.

For the User

  • Features

    Allergy Society endorsed, university and CPD accredited allergy materials with standardised content vetted by experts. Home- or office-based access to online training with no need to travel, take time off, and incur additional costs. Pay for the online course and get free full day allergy webinar masterclass with additional CPD points!

    Imagine “Zoom”, but with additional features. Unlimited numbers of participants with the ability to interact and ask questions either via text or via voice. Presenters who can share their screen (slides) as well as their faces and be on screen simultaneously. For interactive (practical sessions) up to 50 participants can share voice, video and screen content simultaneously, and the rest can watch as per the model above. The system will individually monitor each participant to allow CPD accreditation to be accurately administered. Sessions can be recorded centrally and viewed later if the time of the class is not convenient. A mobile post-learning reference app for continued access to core knowledge, updated regularly, to keep and refer to after the masterclass is completed.

For the Sponsor

  • Features:

    Guaranteed access to a medical audience, interested in allergy. Masterclass does not require face-to-face contact and can be scheduled and continue despite any travel or gathering restrictions.

    Branding of the promotional material for the course, to be distributed widely. Branding of online course log-in page, including click through capability to allow maximal prominence for your company. Branding of course content, both online and during the masterclass webinar. Facility to use placebo and active devices in demonstration modules. Branding on the mobile post-learning reference app obtained by each person successfully completing the course. Free participation in the meeting for a limited number of staff from your company.

    A pay structure that relies on actual participants seeing the content, rather than a flat fee with no guaranteed rewards. No costs of venue hire, building of stands, travel or accommodation costs or other hidden expenses. Optional direct contact sessions can be organised for sponsors who wish to host small regional face-to-face meetings. In the event of a face-to-face ALLSA congress being cancelled for 2020 we will hold a full ALLSA congress via the same platform. Participants in this project will qualify for discounts on the tele-health ALLSA congress.
Online

Course Content

  • Allergy pathophysiology. What are allergies?
  • Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Asthma
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Urticaria and angioedema
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Food allergy
  • Recap module including allergy testing and prevention

Each module lasts 30 minutes or less, is interactive, user friendly, uses simple language, and covers critical knowledge and key practical skills.   Modules have a formative learning component (participants must answer certain questions correctly in order to progress to the next section) and a summative learning component (a short pre-training questionnaire followed by a post-training questionnaire) to allow self-assessment and to show that learning objectives have been achieved.  Online modules include:

Online

Full day online webinar-style allergy masterclass

08:00 - 17:00 AFSA: Allergy masterclass
Session 1: Webinar
08:00 - 08:30 Welcome, introduction of program, troubleshooting technology
08:30 – 09:00 Introduction to critical allergy pathophysiology
09:00 – 09:30 Allergic rhinitis
09:30 - 10:00 Asthma
10:00 - 10:30 Eczema
10:30 - 11:00 Questions
Session 2:  Interactive webinar
11:00 – 11:30 Rhinoconjunctivitis workshop. Educating a patient to use intranasal steroids, eye drops, saline irrigation
11:30 – 12:00 Asthma workshop: Asthma devices and how to use them. Using a spacer with tidal breathing and the single-breath technique. Measuring peak flow accurately
 12:00 – 12:30 AD Workshop: Steroids, emollients and wet wraps. Application of emollients and topical steroids. Application of wet wraps
12:30 – 13:00 Break
Session 3: Webinar
13:00 – 13:30 Urticaria and angioedema
13:30 – 14:00 Anaphylaxis
14:00 – 14:30 Food allergy
14:30 – 15:00 Allergy testing
15:00 – 15:30 Allergy prevention
15:30 – 16:00 Questions
Session 4: Interactive webinar
16:00 – 16:30 Skin prick testing workshop. Advantages and disadvantages of skin tests.  How to perform and interpret skin prick tests.
16:30 – 16:50 Exam
16:50 – 17:00 Exam marking and review
17:00 Close
AFSA

Course Outcomes

What are allergies?

Knowledge learning outcomes:

  • Know the difference between toxic reactions, allergies and intolerances
  • Understand basic pathophysiology of allergic conditions
  • Describe the 4 principals of management of allergic conditions

Skill learning objectives

  • Be able to take an allergy focussed history

Atopic dermatitis

Knowledge learning outcomes:

  • Characterise the morphology and distribution of atopic dermatitis in different age groups.
  • Distinguish atopic dermatitis form other common dermatological conditions with a similar presentation
  • Recognize and treat infections that may complicate atopic dermatitis
  • Determine a non-pharmacological treatment plan for managing atopic dermatitis and addressing environmental triggers
  • Understand the concept of potency in relation to topical steroids
  • Provide a comprehensive pharmacological treatment plan that addresses both the maintenance phase and the management of a flare
  • Identify which patients require referral to a specialized center

Skill learning objectives

  • Instruct a parent/ patient on the application of emollients and topical steroids
  • Application of wet wraps

Allergic Rhinitis

Knowledge Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of allergic rhinitis.
  • Describe the symptoms and clinical signs of allergic rhinitis and recognize the key differential diagnoses.
  • Determine the role of environmental factors in the disease
  • Categorize a patient based on severity and frequency of symptoms
  • Devise an optimal pharmacological treatment regime based on the patient categorization

Skill learning objectives

  • Instruct a parent/ patient on the application of emollients and topical steroids
  • Educate a patient on how to use nasal sprays, eye drops, saline irrigation)

Asthma

Knowledge Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of asthma in the community
  • Describe the symptoms and signs of asthma
  • Identify other causes of lower airway obstruction in those <5 years of age and in those >5 years of age
  • Categorize untreated asthma by symptom severity
  • Determine a stepwise approach to the treatment of chronic asthma in preschool children and children older than 5 years , older children and adults
  • Understand the effects of the new GINA guidelines on asthma management
  • Describe the treatment of an asthma exacerbation

Skill learning objectives

  • Asthma devices and how to use them.
  • Instruct a parent/ patient on the use of a spacer with tidal breathing and the single-breath technique
  • Measuring peak flow accurately

Anaphylaxis

Knowledge Learning Outcomes:

  • Define anaphylaxis and identify the most important inciting allergens
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction
  • Describe the acute management of a patient with anaphylaxis and provide the dose of intramuscular adrenalin for children and adults
  • Devise a long-term treatment plan for a patient who has had anaphylaxis

Skill learning objectives

  • Instruct a parent/ patient on the use of an adrenaline auto-injector
  • Individualizing action plans for anaphylaxis

Urticaria and Angioedema

Knowledge Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe and identify urticaria and angioedema
  • Classify urticaria and angioedema
  • List causes and triggers of acute and chronic urticaria
  • Describe the investigation of a patient with urticaria/ angioedema
  • Devise a treatment plan for urticaria/ angioedema
  • Identify the ‘red flags’ of other conditions that may present with urticaria/angioedema
  • Understand and treat conditions in the differential diagnosis of chronic urticaria

Food Allergy

Knowledge Learning Outcomes:

  • Classify adverse reactions to food
  • Describe the symptoms and signs of an IgE mediated food reaction
  • Devise a management plan for a patient with an IgE mediated food allergy

Allergy testing

Knowledge Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify tests/ procedures used to diagnose an IgE mediated food allergy
  • Counselling patients regarding the need for allergy testing

Skill learning objectives

  • Selection of appropriate testing for allergy
  • Interpretation of skin and blood tests
  • Ability to perform skin prick testing safely and accurately
ROI

Sponsor Benefits:

Branding of the promotional material

  • Promotional material will be situated on the AFSA website and ALLSA website
  • (Branded) promotional material will be sent to all doctors in South Africa on 4 separate occasions in 2020 and to all doctors on the ALLSA mailing list on 8 separate occasions in 2020
  • Advert will be placed in the ALLSA journal on 2 occasions in 2020
  • AFSA will request the following societies advertise the sessions: dermatology, ENT, GP, paediatrics, family medicine, public health

Branding of online course content

  • A banner on the landing site of the learner management system with click through capability to allow maximal prominence for your company
  • Branding between each online module … placement of written or video content (up to 6 times to each participant)
  • Branding on the side of every online module

Branding of webinar masterclasses

  • Company name/logo of all sponsors around the video screen of the online presenter/presenter content
  • Branding on every introductory slide for each lecture and practical session
  • Use of placebo and active devices in demonstration modules
  • Platinum and gold sponsors are able to address the audience

Branding of app

  • Branding on the mobile post-learning reference app obtained by each person successfully completing the course

Participation

  • Free participation in each course and each masterclass for up to 2 members of the company
  • Tier 1: Bronze
  • R10,000.00
    per Quarter
  • Branding of the promotional material
  • • Promotional material will be situated on the AFSA website and ALLSA website
  • • (Branded) promotional material will be sent to all doctors in South Africa on 4 separate occasions in 2020 and to all doctors on the ALLSA mailing list on 8 separate occasions in 2020
  • • Advert will be placed in the ALLSA journal on 2 occasions in 2020
  • • AFSA will request the following societies advertise the sessions: dermatology, ENT, GP, paediatrics, family medicine, public health
  • • Framing of the online masterclass with the company name/logo
  • Participation
  • • Free participation in online course and masterclass for up to 2 members of the company quarterly (8 in total over the year)
  • ALLSA telehealth congress discount: 5%
  • Tier 2: Silver
  • R15,000 (maximum)
    per Quarter
  • Baseline of R10 000 per quarter plus R300 per participant, up to a maximum of R15 000 per quarter
  • (i.e. cost capped at 44 participants in each quarterly course, but benefits continue with additional participants).
  • Total costs capped at R60 000 per year
  • Tier 1 benefits plus
  • Branding of online course content
  • • A banner on the landing site of the learner management system with click through capability to allow maximal prominence for your company
  • • Text based adverts to be shown between modules (3).
  • ALLSA telehealth congress discount: 10%
  • Tier 3: Gold
  • R20,000.00 (maximum)
    per Quarter
  • Baseline of R10 000 per quarter plus R400 per participant.
  • Up to a maximum of R20 000 per quarter
  • (i.e cost capped at 44 participants in each quarterly course, but benefits continue with additional participants)
  • Tier 2 benefits plus
  • Branding of online course content
  • • Text based adverts (6) between modules
  • Branding of webinar masterclasses
  • • Branding on every introductory slide for each lecture and practical session
  • • Use of placebo and active devices in demonstration modules
  • • Optional direct contact sessions for small regional face-to-face meetings (local organising costs for sponsors account)
  • ALLSA telehealth congress discount: 15%

Contractual Agreements are Annual

All prices exclude VAT

Concluding Comments

AFSA advocates for and supports the needs of people with allergic disease.  Allergies are increasing rapidly in South Africa and becoming more severe.  This unique opportunity aims to fill a massive need for the training of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others in the management of common allergic conditions. We believe there is significant synergy between this initiative and companies that are active in the sale and marketing of pharmaceutical and other products used by allergy sufferers.

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