These Guidelines aim to provide best practice guidance alongside associated support documents to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis in CEC/schools while supporting children/students to participate in the full range of CEC/school life.
The Allergy Aware website has information specific for each of the following areas:
As a parent it can be very stressful when your child at risk of anaphylaxis commences CEC/school. In the parents/guardians section of the Allergy Aware website, you will find resources to help you safely manage your child's journey through CEC and school.
These slides have been developed by ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia to assist schools in educating their students about severe allergies (anaphylaxis). These slides should not be considered appropriate anaphylaxis training for school staff. School staff should contact the relevant department in their region to ensure they complete anaphylaxis training that meets the requirements for their region.
Approaching the management of anaphylaxis in schools/childcare
Insights from A&AA’s CEO
Life has many dangers. We are taught how to live safely and be responsible beings. People at risk of anaphylaxis have an added ‘danger’. As a parent of a child (now an adult) at risk of anaphylaxis, I know just how much I want my son to NEVER have another anaphylaxis. We speak of milk or nuts or sesame as being like rat poison. Our fear motivates us to do what we can to keep individuals with potentially life-threatening allergies safe. Our knowledge, which increases with time, experience, and research, motivates us to teach individuals how to manage all aspects of this condition in everyday life.
Let’s Eat, but what about those students with food allergies?
Food allergy continues to increase at alarming rates. 1 in 10 Australian infants* now have food allergy. The most common food allergies in childhood are cow’s milk, egg, peanut and tree nut. The foods that trigger 90% of food allergic reactions in Australians include cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish and sesame allergy are usually life-long.