Friday, 14 February 2014

ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training & Action Plan update

Contact: Sandra Vale, Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Inc. (ASCIA)
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Location: Online

Intended Audience: All schools, all principals, all childcare services

ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for schools and childcare services has been updated and is now available from the ASCIA website.

In terms of clinical content, the updated ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for childcare services includes the following important changes:
  • New asthma and anaphylaxis module - which provides clear guidance on how to respond in an emergency situation regarding anaphylaxis and asthma, as it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the two conditions. It has been clearly communicated in the course that this module does not constitute approved asthma training and a link to the ACECQA website has been included to guide participants to approved asthma training.
  • Updated ASCIA Action Plans - these have been updated to provide clearer guidance regarding initiation of CPR and what to do if unsure if the person is experienceing asthma or anaphylaxis. The CPR wording has been made consistent with the Australian Resusciation Council (ARC) to ensure consistency of information.
  • Updated information about adrenaline autoinjectors - any reference to Anapen 500 has been removed, as this product is unlikely to be available in Australasia in the near future.
  • Amendments to terminology - this ensures consistency with revised ASCIA Action plans and other ASCIA education resources.
The above changes ensure that ASCIA continues to provide accureate and consistent anaphylaxis education, to encourage best practice management in childcare services and schools.

ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for community (first aid) has also been updated, to include the amendments noted above and AXCIA is also in the process of updating ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses health professionals, to ensure consistency of information.

The updated ASCIA Action Plans include the following important changes:
  • Revised wording regarding CPR - by stating "Commence CPR at any time if person is unresponsive and not breathing normally", which is consistent with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) wording.
  • Revised wording regarding asthma - by stating "If uncertain whether it is asthma or anaphylaxis, give adrenaline autoinjector first, then asthma reliever medication." and inclusion of a tick box in the personal (red and green) versions to indicate if the person has asthma.
  • Space to include a larger photo of the individual in the personal (red and green) versions.
The updated ASCIA Action Plans can be freely downloaded from the ASCIA website by doctors, patients or their care-givers.

It is important to note that:
  • ASCIA Action Plans are medical documents and therefore must be completed and signed by the individual's medical practitioner (GP or specialist).
  • Parents of children with food allegy/anaphylaxis are encouraged to visit their GP yearly to renew ASCIA Action Plans for the new school year, to be re-trained in the use of their adrenaline autoinjector device (if prescribed), and check if any new problems have arisen that might suggest the need for availability of an adrenaline autoinjector (e.g. new regular asthma, new or more serious allergic reaction).
Please feel welcome to contact Sandra Vale, ASCIA's Education Project Officer (, should you require further information.