From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It needs immediate treatment and urgent medical attention. The most common allergens in children are eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, cow's milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, certain insect stings and medications.
If your child is diagnosed as at risk of anaphylaxis, inform your school as soon as possible.
You must give the school an action plan developed by your child’s doctor, along with your child’s medication including an EpiPen® or EpiPen Junior®.
Once you have told the school of your child’s diagnosis and given them the action plan, it is the responsibility of the school to make sure all staff members on duty have completed accredited anaphylaxis management training.
The school will work with you to develop a detailed anaphylaxis plan specific to your child, including strategies to prevent your child being exposed to what causes an allergic reaction and how to store and use any medication.
It is also a good idea to consider your child wearing a medical warning bracelet to give important information about their condition to those who are unaware.
The Department recognises anaphylaxis is a serious health issue and that the key to prevention of anaphylaxis is knowledge, awareness and planning.
On 14 July 2008, the Children’s Services and Education Legislation Amendment (Anaphylaxis Management) Act 2008 came into effect amending the Children’s Services Act 1996 and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 requiring that all schools have an anaphylaxis management policy in place, see: the Children’s Services and Education Legislation Amendment (Anaphylaxis Management) Act 2008
For information about Department policy and procedures, see: Anaphylaxis Management in Schools
For more information on anaphylaxis, see:
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy- information on allergies, including a sample Anaphylaxis Action Plan that can be downloaded from this site
Anaphylaxis Australia Inc- a non-profit support organisation for families with anaphylactic children