G.A.T.E.WAYS Anaphylaxis Management Policy

Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction when a person is exposed to an allergen. The most common allergens in school-aged children are eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow's milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, certain insect stings and medications. Allergic reactions are common, but severe, life-threatening reactions are not. The key to prevention of anaphylaxis is knowledge, awareness and planning.

The Children’s Services and Education Legislation Amendment (Anaphylaxis Management) Act 2008 came into effect on 14 July 2008 (the beginning of term 3, 2008). This requires any school that has a student or students at risk of anaphylaxis must by law have the following in place:

  • An Anaphylaxis Management Plan for each student, developed in consultation with the student’s parents/carers and medical practitioner.
  • Prevention strategies for in-school and out-of-school settings.
  • A communication plan to raise staff, student and school community awareness about severe allergies and the school’s policies.
  • Regular training and updates for school staff in recognising and responding appropriately to an anaphylactic reaction, including competently administering an EpiPen® or Anapen
Ministerial Order 90 Anaphylaxis- Anaphylaxis Management in Schools clearly outlines the matters that schools need to ensure are included in their anaphylaxis management policies.

Given that many anaphylactic children attend G.A.T.E.WAYS programs, and that G.A.T.E.WAYS presenters, supervisors and other staff have a duty of care to these children, G.A.T.EWAYS has a comprehensive policy to ensure that children attending programs are catered for.

G.A.T.E.WAYS Anaphylaxis Management Policy