Date
25 August 2019

Provide professional learning for all staff

Ongoing professional development strengthens knowledge, skills, attitudes and systems.

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Identify staff needs

Identify staff needs

 

Ensure all staff know how to:

  • minimise a learner's exposure to known allergens
  • recognise signs and symptoms of an mild-to-moderate allergic reaction
  • locate a learner's EpiPen
  • respond appropriately in the event of anaphylaxis
  • administer adrenaline with an EpiPen
  • follow agreed systems and processes, for example, for accessing allergy action plans or accessing medication
  • provide immediate first-aid assistance.

Public health nurses provide training

Public health nurses provide training

Public health nurses provide annual training for staff on:

  • what allergy is
  • what anaphylaxis is
  • triggers for allergies and anaphylaxis
  • recognising anaphylaxis
  • preventing anaphylaxis
  • what to do in the event of a child having a severe allergic reaction
  • using an adrenaline autoinjector.

Source: Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Early Childhood Services and Schools p. 22 (opens in a new tab/window)

Partner with outside agencies

Partner with outside agencies

These agencies offer professional learning.

  • Allergy New Zealand – guidelines and resources to assist parents and caregivers, educators, and school staff.
  • Anaphylaxis e-training – free online modules for early childhood services  and schools, developed by ASCIA.
  • DHB Public Health Nurses (PHNs) – schools are allocated a PHN to support and advise on children's health and liaise with family doctors, specialists, and other health providers.
  • EpiClub® – provide an information resource pack for New Zealand teachers and students. The pack contains a range of tools that  explain anaphylaxis and what to do in an allergic emergency. It includes a free EpiPen® training device.
  • NZQA-approved, first-aid training for all staff. Check that the course provided includes training about anaphylaxis and trains according to ASCIA guidelines.

Early learning services

Early learning services

A paediatric dietitian shares how childcare providers can ensure safe environments for children with food hypersensitivities.

This is part 1, view part 2 of the series.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for schools and early childhood education/care

Publisher: Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

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Website

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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Allergy and anaphylaxis guidelines for early childhood services and schools

Allergy and anaphylaxis guidelines for early childhood services and schools

Read time: 37 min

Publisher: Allergy New Zealand

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Create inclusive systems”:

Return to the guide “Allergies and learning”

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