First aid providers
First aid providers have a critical role to play in educating the general public on first aid for someone having an allergic reaction or indeed, an anaphylaxis. It is critical that first aid organisations and their trainers have current, science-based information in line with Australia’s peak medical body, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) www.allergy.org.au
Information on adrenaline (epinephrine) injectors (such as EpiPen®, Anapen®) (including frequently asked questions), ASCIA Action Plans for allergy and anaphylaxis, first aid management of someone having a severe allergic reaction is readily available on the ASCIA website
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) encourages first aid providers to become a subscriber to Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia so that providers of first aid training to facilities including schools, childcare and workplaces can more readily access current detail, you can subscribe here.
Management of an anaphylaxis emergency must be prompt. It is important we are all sharing accurate, current information so that those in an emergency can operate from a solid foundation. A&AA encourages First Aid Providers to spend an hour doing the ASCIA School and childcare e-training free online course. There is now an additional course called ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for first aid (community) that has been designed to be undertaken by the broader community such as parents, friends, carers or patients themselves; sporting clubs, playgroups and workplaces.
Content updated July 2021