Registered schools must meet requirements for managing anaphylaxis as a condition of registration.
Anaphylaxis management relates to the minimum standards and other requirements for school registration, under Section 4.3.1(6)(c) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
Anaphylaxis is a severe, 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.
Ministerial Order 706: Anaphylaxis Management in Victorian Schools commenced on 22 April 2014, replacing Ministerial Order 90. Ministerial Order 706 includes requirements that registered schools must meet if the school has enrolled a student where the school knows, or ought reasonably to know, that the student has been diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.
These requirements include having an anaphylaxis management policy covering matters described in the Ministerial Order, and complying with the Anaphylaxis Guidelines, as developed by the Department of Education and Training (DET).
The VRQA Anaphylaxis Checklist (docx - 132.03kb) will help schools to assess their anaphylaxis management policy against the DET guidelines and Ministerial Order.
Further information about Ministerial Order 706 or anaphylaxis management can be obtained from DET or by contacting the Royal Children’s Hospital Anaphylaxis Advisory Line on 1300 725 911.