ASCIA anaphylaxis training for childcare has been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), effective from 1st September 2012.
All three versions of ASCIA anaphylaxis training for childcare currently available have been approved:
- ASCIA anaphylaxis training for NSW childcare – available as etraining or face to face training delivered by trained nurse educators approved by the NSW Health Department.
- ASCIA anaphylaxis training for WA childcare – available as etraining or face to face training delivered by trained nurse educations approved by the WA Health Department.
- ASCIA anaphylaxis etraining for Australasian childcare – this version of etraining is suitable for use throughout Australia and New Zealand.
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) developed ASCIA anaphylaxis training for childcare in response to the recognised need for accessible, quality, consistent, reliable and evidence based anaphylaxis education throughout Australia and New Zealand.
ASCIA is the peak professional medical society for immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand. As such, ASCIA has the benefit of:
- Providing the most up to date evidence based training resources that are available on the ASCIA website (www.allergy.org.au);
- Drawing on the expertise of the ASCIA membership and key stakeholder organisations to ensure that the training resources are accurate and appropriate for the intended target audience;
- Established relationships with stakeholder organisations who are involved in the consultation process, including representatives from relevant Education, Children's Services and Health Departments.
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for childcare and schools has been extremely well received. Since its release in March 2010 there have been more than 28,000 registrations, and around one third of these registrations have been from staff working in childcare services.
In addition, more than 487 children's services in NSW and around 70% of childcare services in WA have received anaphylaxis training provided by NSW and WA Health Departments using ASCIA face to face anaphylaxis training courses.
To ensure that the ASCIA courses remain current they are regularly reviewed and updated at least annually, to be consistent with changes in the medical literature and to keep up to date with product changes.
Anaphylaxis – Background Information
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that requires urgent medical treatment.
It is essential for childcare staff to know how to recognise and respond to an anaphylaxis emergency as well as implement appropriate risk minimisation strategies to prevent exposure to known allergens.
Recent Australian data indicates that 1 in 10 children will have food allergy by the age of one year. With the increasing prevalence of food allergy, it is vital that all staff working in children's services have ready access to anaphylaxis training.