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Food Allergy Week 15-21 May - Allergy Awareness

Food allergy week is an important annual initiative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia that aims to raise awareness about food allergy in Australia, to help reduce the risk of a reaction for those living with food allergy and to help manage potentially life-threatening emergencies when they happen.

The College has some students who have severe allergic reaction to nuts and other allergens. This reaction is called Anaphylaxis. It is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening and requires urgent treatment.

Our school does its best to be an "Allergy Aware"school. The College can never totally eliminate the risk of an anaphylaxis and we cannot guarantee a totally allergen free environment. The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of the student who has been diagnosed as at risk, awareness of allergens, prevention and avoidance of exposure to those allergens and action in the case of a reaction.

As a preventative measure could we please ask you to consider the students in our College who are at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • Avoid sending food to school which has nuts or nut products in.
  • Teach your child to respect children who have food allergies.
  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers with anyone.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands before and after eating.
  • Ask your child to get help immediately if their allergic schoolmate becomes unwell.

If your child has a severe food allergy:

  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers.
  • Teach your child to wash hands before and after eating.
  • Food for your child should be supplied from home.
  • When a child with a food allergy has a lunch order ensure their food allergy is stated when ordering.
  • Parents are advised that your child should carry their Epipen and Action Plan (adrenaline autoinjector) on them when age appropriate to do so.
  • It is recommended that students with severe food allergies wear a medic alert bracelet/necklet.
  • Educate and empower your child to manage his/her allergy and to get help immediately if feeling unwell.
  • For more information on allergies go to: www.allergy.org.au and www.allergyfacts.org.au

Thank you
Jenny Hill - College Nurse

Resource: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia