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Anaphylaxis Management

The Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Queensland State Schools Adobe PDF document1.2M provide specific information for Queensland state schools on how to manage and treat students at risk of anaphylaxis.


Queensland state schools are required to have sufficient staff who have completed:

Schools will determine how many staff need to be trained by considering the health needs of their student population.

Purchasing and administering adrenaline auto-injectors

All Queensland state schools, including departmental outdoor and environmental education centres, are required to maintain a minimum of one adrenaline auto-injector for the purpose of providing emergency medication to students and staff for the treatment of anaphylaxis.

Pharmacists can sell adrenaline in a pre-loaded auto-injector (commonly known as an EpiPen) to a principal (or a person nominated by the principal) for the purpose of stocking or maintaining a first aid kit. A pharmacist must be reasonably satisfied that the purchaser is the principal or delegate of the school. Evidence of a person's authority to purchase could include a letter from a school nominating the person as an approved purchaser on behalf of the school.

For more information about the purchase of adrenaline for a school first-aid kit, please see Queensland Health's Medicines - regulatory advice.

For further information to support students diagnosed with anaphylaxis, refer to the Management of students with specialised health needs External Link and the Administration of medication in schools External Link procedures.

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