The Executive Team at Northside Christian College approved an updated Anaphylaxis Management Policy during 2017. Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. Food allergies and anaphylaxis have increased over the last decade and it is not uncommon for schools to have many children who may be anaphylactic.
Most food allergic reactions do not involve anaphylaxis, and the likelihood of a severe allergic reaction from casual exposure when food is not ingested (e.g. from touch or exposure to odours) is very low. However, severe reactions may occur unpredictably, thus any allergic reaction to foods should be taken seriously and treated as a potential medical emergency requiring immediate treatment.
The purpose of the College’s Anaphylaxis Management Policy is to achieve the following:
With the commencement of Term 2, it is timely that we all remind ourselves to be mindful not to inadvertently expose our students to potential triggers. Your continued support in ensuring that our children stay safe is appreciated. A couple of simple steps for families who have students with food allergies include:
More strategies and information is available from www.allergy.org.au or www.allergyfacts.org.au.
Northside Christian College
31 McLeans Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone: 03 9467 2499