Anaphylaxis Management in Schools
Victoria is moving to an online model for anaphylaxis training, utilising the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) e-training for Victorian Schools. To support schools to undertaker the e-training, a small number of staff in each school will be trained to be able to assess other staff’s competency in using an autoinjector in person.
This forms part of Victoria’s ongoing commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all children and young people.
Why a New Approach?
This new approach has been informed by advice from medical experts and our valued school stakeholders. The benefits of the ASCIA e-training course include reduced burden on schools and increased quality and consistency of training.
Guidelines for Managing Anaphylaxis in all Victorian Schools
Important Note: the Department will shortly release updated guidelines that will include the
new e-training course, recommended for ALL Victorian school staff. Schools will be advised when these guidelines become available.
For information on managing anaphylaxis in all Victorian schools, see:
School Anaphylaxis Management Policy: Ministerial Order 706
Under Ministerial Order 706 any school that has enrolled a student/s at risk of anaphylaxis must by law have a School Anaphylaxis Management Policy in place.
The Guidelines for Managing Anaphylaxis in all Victorian Schools are designed to support schools in developing and implementing a best practice School Anaphylaxis Management Policy.
Guidance for developing a School Anaphylaxis Policy has been developed to assist schools to create their own anaphylaxis management policy.
For more information regarding the legislative requirements of Ministerial Order 706, and supporting information and resources, see:
Anaphylaxis Training Requirements for Schools
In 2016 Victoria is transitioning to a new online model for anaphylaxis training to support schools to meet this requirement and to improve schools' capacity to provide safe learning environments for young people with severe allergies. Ministerial Order 706 has been amended to allow for the new online training model.
Under this model it is recommended that
all Victorian school staff undertake the new Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) e-training course and have their competency in using an autoinjector tested in person within 30 days of completing the course.
The online ASCIA e-training course is fully funded for all Victorian school staff. The course will take approximately one hour and can be accessed from:
ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-Training
Additionally every school is invited to nominate two staff members from each campus to undertake face-to-face training to skill them in providing competency checks to assess their colleagues ability to use an autoinjector (e.g. Epipen) and become School Anaphylaxis Supervisor.
Registration for the
Course in Verifying the Correct Use of Adrenaline Autoinjector Devices 22303VIC
can be accessed from the Asthma Foundation by phone 1300 314 806 or by visiting:
School Anaphylaxis Supervisors have completed their training your school can transition to the online model.
A School Anaphylaxis Supervisor Checklist has been developed to guide schools with the requirements of this role. Training agencies that have the
Course in Verifying the Correct Use of Adrenaline Autoinjector Devices 22303VIC in their scope of practice are required to use this checklist to guide their training with Victorian schools.
Further information about the online training model and transition arrangements is linked below:
Alternatively schools can opt to undertake fee-based face-to-face training in one of the accredited anaphylaxis training courses that meet the requirements of Ministerial Order 706 including:
- Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis 22300VIC
- Course in Anaphylaxis Awareness 10313NAT
St John Ambulance Victoria provides anaphylaxis management training to Victorian school staff at no expense to government schools, this will continue until 30 June 2016. Until staff have undertaken the new e-training course, schools with a student diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis should contact St John Ambulance Victoria on (03) 8588 8391 to organise training for staff in anaphylaxis management. To find other registered training organisations that deliver anaphylaxis training, go to:
Australian Government - Training
In summary, school staff must complete one of the following options to meet the anaphylaxis training requirements of MO706:
All school staff - ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training for Victorian Schools followed by a competency check by the School Anaphylaxis Supervisor. This course is provided by ASCIA, is free for all Victorian schools and valid for 2 years.
2 staff per school or per campus (School Anaphylaxis Supervisor) - Course in Verifying the Correct Use of Adrenaline Autoinjector Devices 22303VIC. This course is provided by the Asthma Foundation, is free to government schools and is valid for 3 years.
School staff (as determined by the principal) -
Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis 22300 VIC (previously 22099VIC). This course is provided by St John Ambulance free for government schools until 30/6/16, and then paid for by each school thereafter. Schools may elect to pay for this course through any other RTO that has
22300 VIC in their scope of practice. The training is valid for 3 years.
School staff (as determined by the principal) -
Course in Anaphylaxis Awareness 10313NAT. This course is provided by any RTO that has this course in their scope of practice paid for by each school. The training is valid for 3 years.
Please note: First Aid training does
NOT meet the requirements of anaphylaxis training requirements under MO706.
Twice-Yearly Anaphylaxis Briefings
All schools with a child or young person at risk of an anaphylactic reaction enrolled are required to undertake twice-yearly briefings on anaphylaxis management under Ministerial Order 706.
A presentation has been developed to help schools ensure they are complying with the legislation. The briefing presentation incorporates information on how to administer an EpiPen and it is expected all staff will practice with the EpiPen trainer devices provided to your school. As part of the briefing, school staff should familiarise themselves with the children and young people in the school at risk of an anaphylactic reaction and their anaphylaxis management plans.
Any person who has completed Anaphylaxis Management Training in the last 2 years can lead the briefing. A facilitation guide and speaking notes have been developed and can be accessed here:
For more information about anaphylaxis, see: