Our School - Anaphylaxis Policy

South Yarra Primary School

 Anaphylaxis Policy

  • Definition

    Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life

    threatening. Certain foods and insect stings are the most common causes of anaphylaxis.

          Eight foods cause 90% of food allergic reactions in Australia and can be common causes of anaphylaxis.


    These are:

  • peanuts

  • tree nuts (eg hazelnuts, cashews, almonds)

  • egg

  • cow's milk

  • wheat

  • soy

  • fish and shellfish

  • coconut

    Other common allergens include some insect stings, particularly bee stings, some medications, latex and anaesthesia.

  • The EpiPen

                   Children diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis are prescribed adrenaline in an auto-injector commonly known as the     

                   EpiPen. Children weighing less than 20kg are prescribed an EpiPen Junior, which has a smaller dosage of adrenaline.

                   The EpiPen and EpiPen Junior are designed so that anyone can use them in an emergency.

  • Purposes

  1. To provide guidelines for the management of students at risk of Anaphylaxis.

  2. To provide a communication plan to raise staff, students and school community

                                 awareness about severe allergies (anaphylaxis) and the school?s policies regarding anaphylaxis.      

  3. To reduce student risk of exposure to anaphylactic triggers.

  4. To implement procedures for training of staff responsible for the care of students at risk of




    1. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to provide the school with information regarding any allergy pertaining to their child.  Every student at risk of anaphylaxis will have an individual management plan, completed in consultation with the parents and the student's medical practitioner. The management plan will include an Action Plan setting out emergency procedures.


    2. The student Action Plans will be updated at the beginning of each year as advised by a medical practitioner if changes are required, in consultation with the student's parents/guardians, the leadership team and the classroom teacher.


    3. The student Action Plans will be visible and/or easily accessible in the first aid room, Assistant Principal's office, student's file, classroom document folder and excursion/camp first aid kit.


    4. The student Action Plans will be made available to all staff.  Regular staff professional development will address student management plans and procedures and the ASCIA Guidelines for prevention of food anaphylactic reactions in schools, preschools and childcare centres will be implemented.


    5. Parents/guardians will be responsible for providing a clearly labelled EpiPen in a small box and a current photograph of the student which is attached to the Action Plan and also to the lid of the EpiPen box.  The student management plan and Action Plan will be kept with the medication.


    6. It is the responsibility of Parents/Guardians to record the expiry date of medications placed at the school and provide replacements.


    7. Medication will be stored in the designated area of the Staff Room and will accompany the students to any out-of school settings.


    8. Training for all staff responsible for the care of students at risk of anaphylaxis will be

                    renewed every three years. Practical refreshers will be held twice a year.


    9.  Articles will be published in the school newsletter to inform the school community to raise

                     awareness about severe allergies (anaphylaxis) and school policies related to  anaphylaxis.


    10. The Prep Information Pack will include current information about anaphylaxis and the

                   school's policies related to anaphylaxis.


    11.  Airline Policy and Guidelines relating to the use of Medical sharps and guests with

                   Anaphylaxis, (see link in References below) will be followed to ensure student safety when

                   air travel is the agreed method of transport to or from off-site programs.


    Other school documents relating to Anaphylaxis and Allergies:

  • South Yarra Primary School Anaphylaxis Management Strategies (revised February, 2017)

  • South Yarra Primary School Anaphylaxis Communication Plan (revised February, 2017)

  • ASCIA Guidelines for prevention of food anaphylactic reactions in schools, preschools and childcare centres

  • SYPS Coloured card Alert System (revised February, 2017)

  • Airline Information Relating to Anaphylaxis

  • ASCIA Action Management Plan for Anaphylaxis



          This policy will be reviewed as part of the school's three-year review cycle.


                                 THIS POLICY WAS RATIFIED BY SCHOOL COUNCIL in APRIL, 2017.





References and Relevant Ministerial Orders