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Anaphylaxis management checklist schools

Anaphylaxis management checklist Schools

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This checklist has been developed to help schools meet the recommendations in the best practice guidelines. 

National Allergy Council Anaphylaxis management checklist for schools

Allergy Aware approach

The school implements an Allergy Aware approach to preventing and managing anaphylaxis.

Allergy documentation

  • The school has an anaphylaxis management policy, and it has been reviewed in the last 2 years.
  • Information regarding allergies is requested on student enrolment.
  • Individualised anaphylaxis care plans are reviewed annually, if a student’s allergies change, and after exposure to a known allergen at school.
  • All parents of students with known allergies attending school are required to provide an ASCIA Action Plan completed and signed by the student’s doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • All students with an ASCIA Action Plan have an individualised anaphylaxis care plan completed in consultation with the student’s parent.
  • The student’s ASCIA Action Plan is displayed in appropriate staff areas around the school with parent consent.
  • An incident report is completed for all allergic reactions.

Allergy medications

  • Where prescribed, the student’s adrenaline injector and other medication should be available at all times.
  • Adrenaline injectors are stored in an unlocked location, easily accessible to staff. They are
    stored at room temperature, away from direct heat and sunlight.
  • Adrenaline injectors are stored with a copy of the student’s ASCIA Action Plan.
  • Adrenaline injectors (general use and prescribed) are checked for expiry each term.
  • A process is in place to make sure adrenaline injectors and ASCIA Action Plans are taken whenever the student goes to off-site activities.
  • At least one general use (non-prescribed) adrenaline injector is in a first aid kit and stored with a copy of the ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis.

Staff training

  • All staff undertake anaphylaxis training including hands-on practise with adrenaline injector trainer devices, at least every two years and prior to starting work at the school.
  • All staff undertake anaphylaxis refresher training including hands-on practise with adrenaline injector trainer devices, twice yearly.
  • Staff and volunteers responsible for preparing and serving food, undertake All about Allergens for Schools training, at least every two years.
  • A staff training register is kept.

Reducing Risk

  • Appropriate strategies to minimise exposure to known allergens are in place.
  • Staff are reminded about risk minimisation strategies at staff meetings.
  • The school has an anaphylaxis risk management plan.
  • A communication plan has been developed and communications with the school community about allergies are undertaken at least at the start of each year.
  • An anaphylaxis emergency response plan has been developed and staff practise scenarios for responding to an anaphylaxis emergency at least once a year.
  • Education to raise awareness amongst students in the school is undertaken.


Content updated February 2024