- It is important for you to inform the school if your child has any asthma or allergies – not just those diagnosed as severe or food allergies.
- The school needs:
- Anaphylaxis/Asthma Action Plan developed by a medical practitioner
- Medication in original packaging
- Completed Authorisation to administer student medication form.
Where to start
If your child has asthma and/or an allergy, you should discuss this with your child’s teacher.
If your child has a severe allergy and is at risk of anaphylaxis you should notify the school at enrolment, or as soon as a diagnosis is made.
For you and your child
Every student who is known to be at risk of anaphylaxis should have an Anaphylaxis action plan | ASCIA.
Students with asthma should have an Asthma action plan | Asthma Australia.
Their medical practitioner should complete the required plan before your child starts school or as soon as the condition is diagnosed.
Medical action plans and medical management plans should be reviewed and updated in line with national peak body recommendations and/or when your child’s condition or medical needs change.
You will need to provide the school with:
- any medication needed to treat your child’s asthma/anaphylaxis in its original packaging
- the completed Authorisation to administer student medication form (PDF, 207KB).
What to expect from your school
The school will consult with you and health professionals to develop an individual anaphylaxis management plan. The school will keep this to inform relevant staff of your child’s individual asthma/anaphylaxis needs.
The school will use this information to ensure your child’s needs are met during class activities and excursions.
Where can I get more information?
- Talk to your child’s teacher, principal or school health nurse
- Allergy Aware; a hub for allergy aware resources and support for schools and children’s education and care services to prevent and manage anaphylaxis.
- Allergy Facts; a support organisation helping individuals and carers in managing allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis.
- The National Allergy Strategy; a partnership between the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA).
- Asthma Australia