This week, 15-21 May 2016, is National Food Allergy Awareness Week hosted by Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. This event aims to raise awareness of allergy in the Australian community. It’s all about ‘Awareness, Avoidance, Action™’.

As a parent, nothing is more frightening than encountering a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, in your child. At Allens Training on the Sunshine Coast, we understand that parents, grandparents and those working in child care and education need to know what to do in cases of severe allergic reaction. To meet this need, Allens Training regularly conducts public courses that include the unit HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting. This unit covers how to respond to a first aid emergency, including anaphylactic and asthmatic emergencies.

As part of the course, trainers outline mock emergency scenarios and demonstrate the correct use of EpiPen®, as well as asthma puffers and spacers. Course participants have the opportunity to practise under the eye of the trainer, who gives feedback on their technique.

The course, HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting, satisfies the requirements for first aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma response in an early childhood environment as required by the independent national authority, the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia share ‘information, education, advocacy, research, guidance and support’ for allergy sufferers. Food allergies seem to be the most common causes of anaphylaxis, so the organisation’s website has a dedicated food alerts page. This page broadcasts recalls of food items that have undeclared ingredients, such as nuts, gluten, dairy and egg, which could cause anaphylaxis in those who are allergic to them.

In line with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia’s catchcry ‘Awareness, Avoidance, Action™’, Allens Training provides Free First Aid charts about Anaphylaxis. The chart outlines the signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, and provides a step-by-step guide on how to use EpiPen®.

To further heighten awareness of allergies, Allens Training also have a special ‘Nut Free Zone’ chart that can be displayed at your workplace. If you would like FREE copies of these charts please contact our Sunshine Coast Training Centre and we can have some posted out to you. Alternatively, you can download these from our website.

Support Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia’s National Food Allergy Awareness week by painting one fingernail to raise awareness.

To find out more about Allens Training Sunshine Coast courses in first aid, including response to anaphylactic and asthmatic emergencies, contact 07 5438 8888 or sunshinecoast@allenstraining.com.au.

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