Information for Education and Care (Child Care) Services
Guidelines and Policy:
- Anaphylaxis management guidelines for WA child care and outside school hours care services (PDF 1.39MB)
- Sample anaphylaxis management policy for child care services (Word 92KB)
Healthcare Plan and Action Plans:
- Sample individual anaphylaxis health care plan (PDF 56KB)
- Template: Special diet record (PDF 67KB)
- ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis (Personal) (external site)
- ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions (Personal) (external site)
Anaphylaxis Management Training (Professional Development for Educators)
- Mandatory requirements for anaphylaxis management training are in force in WA and at all times, there should be an educator/carer with current approved anaphylaxis management qualifications immediately available to respond to an anaphylaxis emergency.
- Free Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved training
- The WA Department of Education, Course in Anaphylaxis Management in Western Australian Education and Care Services (e-learning) was developed in consultation with the Catholic Education Office WA (CEOWA), Association for Independent Schools Western Australia (AISWA), Department of Local Government and Communities and Department of Health WA. This course is ACECQA approved.
Education and care (child care) services Access here> Anaphylaxis Management in Western Australian Education and Care Services (external site) Select Education and Care Services
- ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training course for child care (external site). This course was developed by the Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) with Department of Health WA, NSW Health and Qld Government. WA participants should undertake the WA version, which provides specific information for the WA setting. To begin you will need to register a user name and password. You can log back in anytime to reprint your certificate.
Q: How do I know the course is approved?
A: Listing at ACECQA first aid qualifications and training (external site).
Q: Why don't courses from ASCIA and Department of Health have a course code?
A: Course codes relate to Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accreditation, not ACECQA approval. ASCIA and the Department of Health WA are recognised to have specialist clinical expertise
- Education and care staff are encouraged to regularly practise how to give adrenaline autoinjectors using replica trainer devices.
- A complementary trainer device is provided to your service when you join EpiClub (external site) or Analert (external site) (free device expiry reminders and education including videos demonstrating how to administer the device). Training devices are also available from Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia’s (external site) online shop
- Delaying adrenaline treatment increases the likelihood that anaphylaxis could result in death. When anaphylaxis occurs respond immediately and appropriately by following the ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (external site). It is important to lay the person flat and not allow them to stand or walk, if breathing is difficult allow them to sit and, without delay, administer an adrenaline autoinjector. If in doubt give adrenaline. After administering adrenaline call an ambulance. In WA, permission does not need to be sought from 000 ambulance services to give an adrenaline autoinjector.
- School and education and care (child care) staff do not need to seek permission from a parent before administering adrenaline to a child in their care with signs of anaphylaxis. School and child care staff acting in good faith and without recklessness are protected by State legislation Health, Safety and Civil Liability (Children in Schools and Child Care Services) Act (WA) 2011 (PDF 30KB) Civil Liability Act (WA) 2002 (external site), School Education Act (WA) 1999 (external site), and Civil Liability Act (WA) 2002 Regulations (external site))
- Adrenaline autoinjectors for general use ASCIA information sheet (external site)
- Store with ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis (General) (external site)
- WA has made specific legislative provisions for schools and child care services to hold adrenaline autoinjectors for general use without requiring a Poisons Permit, through an exemption to the WA Poisons Act (WA) 1964 (external site) - Poisons Regulations (WA) 1965 exemption 41D (PDF 15KB), Services can purchase adrenaline autoinjectors over the counter from a pharmacy.
- Anaphylaxis (general audience) (PDF 201KB)
- Anaphylaxis and child care services (PDF 288KB)
- Anaphylaxis management checklist for child care services (PDF 213KB)
- Frequently asked questions (PDF 127KB)
- Examples of possible exposure scenarios and strategies (PDF 17KB)
- Understanding food labels for food allergies (PDF 188KB)
- Cooking lesson checklist (PDF 183KB)
- Information snippets for the newsletter (PDF 158KB)
- Department of Local Government and Communities (external site) go to Communities (external site)
- National Professional Support Coordinator Alliance (external site) - Sample Medications and Medical Conditions Policy (PDF 671KB)
- The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) (external site)
- Catholic Education Office of WA (CEOWA) (external site) and CEOWA Policies (external site)
- Association of Independent Schools WA (AISWA) (external site)
- Department of Child Protection WA (external site) and Neglect: what to do (PDF 413KB)
- Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (external site)
- Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (external site)
- Australian Resuscitation Council (external site)
- EpiPen (external site)
- Anapen (external site)