Anaphylaxis is a serious health issue that can be prevented through knowledge, awareness and planning. If your child is diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis, advise your school as soon as possible.
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
What you need to do
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 your school of your child’s diagnosis and given them the action plan, your school is responsible for making sure all staff 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.
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