A new Ministerial Order regarding anaphylaxis management in schools comes into effect on 22 April 2014.
Ministerial Order 706 sets out the steps schools must take to ensure the safety of students at risk of anaphylaxis in their care. These requirements are a minimum standard for school registration. Ministerial Order 706 replaces Ministerial Order 90 which had been in effect since July 2007.
All registered schools across Victoria must by law have an anaphylaxis management policy if they have a student enrolled who has been diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis. This policy must include:
- a statement that the school will comply with the order and guidelines on anaphylaxis management
- a statement that in the event of an anaphylactic reaction, the school’s first aid and emergency response procedures and the student’s individual anaphylaxis management plan must be followed
- the development and regular review of individual anaphylaxis management plans for affected students
- the development of prevention strategies to be used by the school to minimise the risk of an anaphylactic reaction
- the purchase of back up adrenaline auto-injectors for general use by schools
- the development of a communication plan
- the training of school staff on anaphylaxis management, and
- the completion of an annual risk management checklist.
All registered schools are required to review their current policies and practices in line with the new Ministerial Order 706 and the associated guidelines.
To support the implementation of Ministerial Order 706, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has revised its Anaphylaxis Guidelines to ensure consistency with Ministerial Order 706. The DEECD website features a range of materials including:
- Ministerial Order 706
- Anaphylaxis Guidelines
- a fact sheet outlining key changes
- questions and answers on the implementation of Ministerial Order 706.
For more information see: Anaphylaxis Management in Schools (DEECD).