Tell your employer about your food allergy before you start work, so they can consider putting strategies in place to reduce the risk of a reaction.
Let selected workmates know that you have a potentially life threatening food allergy and what a reaction might look like so that they can then support you.
Wear some form of medical identification bracelet or necklace.
Ensure you have an adrenaline autoinjector and ASCIA Action Plan with you at all times in the workplace (including with you if you go out for lunch) and let your supervisor and selected workmates know where you keep them.
Educate your work mates about how to recognise an allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis) and how to administer your adrenaline autoinjector, following instructions on your ASCIA Action Plan.
School and Childcare/Kinder
Staff at schools and childcare should have training in the management of food allergy (including risk minimisation), recognition of an allergic reaction and emergency treatment of anaphylaxis.
Guidelines for the Management of Anaphylaxis in childcare/kinder is covered under the National Regulations and is available through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website (www.acecqa.gov.au).
Australia does not have national guidelines for the management of anaphylaxis in schools. However, most regions have state/territory based guidelines/policies/procedures/legislation.
|NSW||Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools|
|VIC||Victorian Legislation for Schools/Children's Services|
|QLD||Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Queensland State Schools|
|SA||Anaphylaxis in education and children's services|
|WA||Anaphylaxis Management Guidelines|
|TAS||Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Schools|
It is important to put in place age appropriate risk minimisation strategies at childcare/kinder and school:
Educate your child not to accept food from others, not to share food and always eat food prepared from home.
Provide an adrenaline autoinjector and current ASCIA Action Plan to the school/childcare. Your child should also carry a second adrenaline autoinjector and ASCIA Action Plan if they travel to and from school by public transport/go to before & after school care or are travelling with someone other than a parent who carries their medication with them.
Discuss age appropriate risk minimisation strategies (e.g. the childcare/kinder asking parents to avoid sending nuts and nut products to childcare/kinder).
Discuss the use of resources such as posters and books to educate the childcare/kinder or school community (children and parent community).
If the childcare facility does not allow you to provide food from home, you will need to have a meeting with them to discuss how they can provide appropriate food for your child with food allergy.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia has many resources to assist with school care including Be a MATE resources to help educate children, help sheets and discussion papers to assist with food allergy management, teen vignettes
Risk minimisation strategies:
Suggestions for considerations when starting school:
Curriculum resources for schools:
New website for teens and young adults:
Content updated July 2020