Best Practice Guidelines Schools
The Best practice guidelines for anaphylaxis prevention and management in Schools (the Guidelines) are based on the current evidence-base and best practice. The Guidelines have been developed in consultation with key stakeholder organisations, principals and staff working in the school sector and parents of school-aged children.
These Guidelines aim to provide best practice guidance and associated support documents to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis in schools while supporting students to participate in the full range of school life. The Guidelines have been developed to provide guidance and support to schools across all jurisdictions of Australia. However, it is important to note the following:
- Where state or territory legislation exists, schools must comply with the legislation in their jurisdiction.
- State and territory based guidelines may also exist and schools are encouraged to comply with the guidelines in their jurisdiction.
- The Guidelines may recommend measures which are additional to the legislation and/or guidelines in your jurisdiction and implementing these additional measures where possible is encouraged.
The Guidelines can be used by overarching bodies (such as Education Departments, Independent Schools Associations and Catholic Education) when reviewing and updating their central guidelines, policies and procedures to improve standardisation of anaphylaxis management across Australia. These Guidelines can also be used at an individual school level (particularly where guidelines, policies or procedures are not available) to implement appropriate strategies to manage students at risk of anaphylaxis.
To support the adoption of the Guidelines, several supporting resources have been developed including an Implementation Guide (Part B of this document), templates and sample documents. These resources are publicly available as free downloads from this website.
While these guidelines refer to strategies for preventing and managing anaphylaxis in students, schools should also implement appropriate strategies for staff, volunteers and visitors with confirmed allergies (i.e. people with an ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis or an ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions).
Content updated April 2022