Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction to an allergen. Anaphylaxis is potentially life threatening and always requires an emergency response.
This section has been developed to assist school staff to support students at risk of an anaphylactic reaction.
Anaphylaxis and allergy procedures for schools
Implementation of the procedures is mandatory for government schools and their preschools.
The procedures outline the steps schools need to follow to manage the needs of students who have been diagnosed as being at risk of a severe allergic reaction.
Where allergies are identified the Anaphylaxis and allergy procedures for schools (PDF) outline action steps that are required.
Forms and letters for use by schools to support the action steps (Appendices 1-3)
- Appendix 1: Students with allergies
- Appendix 2: Authorisation to contact doctor
- Appendix 3: Allergies – information from the health professional
You can also access Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 in various community languages:
- Students with allergies – translated documents
- Authorisation to contact doctor – translated documents
Additional support information
The Anaphylaxis and allergy procedures for schools is supported by the following information in this website section:
- Anaphylaxis emergency care
- Anaphylaxis training
- Minimising the risk of exposure to allergens
- Frequently asked questions
Legal Issues Bulletin No. 52 outlines the legal rights and responsibilities to a government school student who is diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis
Health and Safety - Anaphylaxis (intranet) for information about anaphylaxis training, risk management and general use adrenaline injectors.
Anaphylaxis checklist for workplace managers (PDF) – developed to help schools meet their responsibilities under the Anaphylaxis and Allergy Procedures for Schools.
ASCIA, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Allergy Aware A hub for allergy aware resources and support for schools and children’s education and care services to prevent and manage anaphylaxis.