Information for Schools and Children's Education/Care
The updated Allergy Aware website is an anaphylaxis and allergy resource hub for schools and children's education/care (CEC) services. The website features Best Practice Guidelines that have been revised in 2023, which include risk minimisation strategies for prevention of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in schools and CEC services.
Schools and Children's Education/Care Survey June 2023
ASCIA thanks all the people who are studying and/or working in schools and children’s education/care (CEC) services for their participation in this survey, which closed on 30 June 2023. We are now preparing a report based on your experience with anaphylaxis training, to help improve training for staff and students.
You can read more about this project in the latest ASCIA Progress Report - National Allergy Council Schools and Childcare Project.
ASCIA is working on a National Allergy Council project to find out how anaphylaxis and allergy training is being provided in undergraduate courses for staff who work in schools and CEC services. Findings from this project will be used to make recommendations about how anaphylaxis and allergy training should be included in courses.
Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injector Training Devices
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses should always be completed in conjunction with practice using adrenaline (epinephrine) injector training devices (EpiPen® and Anapen®), which do not have a needle and do not contain adrenaline. To order trainer devices contact:
- EpiPen (Viatris) - email
Viatris AU -1800 931 625 or Viatris NZ - 0800 168 169
- Anapen (Arrotex) - email
- Patient support organisations:
The supervisor or other adult witness (18 years or older) who signs the certificate to confirm practice with the adrenaline injector trainer devices does not require any special qualifications (except in Victorian state schools - see https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/anaphylaxis-e-training-schools-and-childcare#ad3). They can refer to instructions on ASCIA Action Plans or videos on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/anaphylaxis
ASCIA Anaphylaxis Resources
ASCIA anaphylaxis resources (including action plans, e-training courses and guidelines) are used throughout Australasian schools and children's education/care services. These resources are available at www.allergy.org.au/anaphylaxis
National Allergy Strategy Allergy 250K Youth Project Resources
Allergy 250K is a hub for the 250,000 young Australians living with severe allergy.
Allergy 250K websites and animations have been designed to work on smart phones first with young people in mind, as well as being available on tablet and desk top computers.
Supply Update - Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injectors
For updated information go to www.allergy.org.au/members/adrenaline-autoinjector-availability
Patient/Carer Support Organisations
Webpage updated November 2023