Banner Image

'Jump' in to save a Life

'Jump' in to save a life - Raising funds to support the Jack Jumper Program

Did you know...

that the Jack Jumper ants found in your garden and surrounds can be aggressive in protecting their nests and actively seek out to attack their victims? The resulting sting can be quite dangerous to some people, even causing life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

The RHH Research Foundation has a long history of supporting research into treatment of these reactions and the reduction of their severity.

Since 1999, the Tasmanian–based Jack Jumper Allergy Program has been exploring the treatment of allergic reactions to Jack Jumper ant stings. As a consequence of this research, deaths from Jack Jumper ant stings have been prevented. But there is still work to be done!

In partnership with researchers in Adelaide, Troy Wanandy and his team at the Royal Hobart Hospital are currently working on a blood test, called the Basophil Activation Test. This test will advance our understanding of whether the treatment for allergic reactions to

Jack Jumper ant stings is effective and provides particular value in predicting the chance of patients having allergic side-effects while receiving the treatment.

Each year the RHH Research Foundation offers a pool of funds for a specified number of grants and uses a rigorous assessment process to select those which will proceed on the basis of merit. We have been overwhelmed with submissions for 2018 – so many research proposals were of a very high standard and therefore had the potential to be funded, but of course we can only fund a proportion of these.

The Basophil Activation Test for Jack Jumper ant venom allergy is a research project that we are extremely passionate about. We want to stretch ourselves further to support this exciting next phase of such a highly successful research program – and you can help us! Allergies are amongst the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia.

Help us raise $10K so we can all help Troy and his team delve into what it is exactly that causes individuals to suffer from life-threatening anaphylaxis as a consequence of their allergy.

We know that this can save lives. Importantly, this insight can be used to support future research into food, drug and other insect venom allergies.

To make a difference in the lives of Tasmanians simply donate to the ‘Jump In To Help Save Lives’ Fund by completing the form overleaf. All dona tions over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.

RHH Research Foundation 'Jump' in to Save a Life

Special thanks to our major sponsor DJ Motors