Community Education Training

  • The Department of Allergy and Immunology has provided a range of quality training programs for schools and children's services.  All sessions delivered by highly qualified and experienced staff. Family Education Sessions on Allergy & Anaphylaxis and information sessions delivered to schools, children's services, parent groups, student friendship groups etc - can be tailor-made to suit your need.

    Training and courses

    RCH Course: Prevention and Management of Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis

    Family and Education Session on Allergy and Anaphylaxis

    RCH Course: Prevention and Management of Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis

    This course is approved under Ministerial Order 706 for Victorian Schools ref: 5.5.3; also approved by ACECQA for Children's Services

    The Department of Allergy and Immunology is able to deliver training in Management and Prevention of Allergy and Anaphylaxis as outlined in the Ministerial Order 706 (5.5.3) a course in anaphylaxis management endorsed and delivered by a tertiary level specialist allergy service within a tertiary level academic teaching hospital, that includes a competency check in the administration of an adrenaline autoinjector."

    This course meets the requirements of the Department of Education and Training (DET) for staff working in Victorian schools

    Quality training

    • All trainers hold Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
    • Our training staff receive ongoing professional development working within the allergy department.
    • Training is targeted to meet not only the requirements of the competency but also can be tailored to individual work places.
    • Training programs are competency based.
    • The Department of Allergy & Immunology has been delivering both training and community sessions to the early childhood and education sectors for many years.

    Content overview

    • Identify individuals at risk of allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
    • Develop individual allergy & anaphylaxis management plans
    • Implement strategies to prevent allergic and anaphylaxis reactions
    • Develop and implement a communication plan
    • Assess the situation in relation physical hazards according with first aid principles and procedures
    • Follow the casualty's individual ASCIA Allergy/Anaphylaxis action plan for anaphylaxis
    • Provide appropriate first aid treatment for allergy & anaphylaxis 
    • Administration of adrenaline injector device/s and appropriate first aid
    • Appropriate emergency assistance is requested
    • Reassure the casualty
    • Casualty's condition is monitored
    • Communicate details of the incident
    • Documentation is completed relating to the situations and established procedures
    • Practical assessment in competency in the administration of an adrenaline injector device/s

    Who should attend

    • School teachers and other school staff (only delivered at RCH as per MO 706)
    • Children's Services staff including family day care & OSHC staff - (delivered at RCH or at service by negotiation)
    • School nurses
    • Health professionals
    • Staff providing catering for children


    To achieve a satisfactory result for this course, participants are required to complete assessment tasks during the session on, adrenaline autoinjector (EpiPen/®/AnaPen®) administration, a multi choice questionnaire and a risk assessment activity including an individual risk management plan.

    Course Duration

    Approximately 3.0 hours

    Group size

    Maximum group numbers for our training sessions is 20. If your numbers exceed this, please contact us directly. 

    Issuing of Certificates

    A Certificate of Completion will be issued on successful completion of the course and assessment tasks. This course is valid for 3 years. This program is not a nationally accredited course, however, it fulfills the requirements of the Ministerial Order 706: Anaphylaxis Management for all Schools in Victoria, and is approved by ACECQA for Children's Services (Nationally).

    Course Fee

    $65.00 plus GST per person: please click HERE for registration form


    Training is held at RCH  please note 48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your booking.

    Car parking is available in the RCH car park at a fee or metered parking in Flemington Road

    Next session: on request

    Family Information Sessions at RCH

    We are pleased to advise that we have developed a new way of delivering these sessions to families.

    Please read below for an outline of the process and what you need to do next!

    The first step is the completion of the ASCIA Anaphylaxis Community Course by the adults who will be part of the family session -refer to the link below:

    This course has been released on the 13/1/2021 (revised in October 2021) and is designed to be undertaken by the broader community such as parents, friends, carers or patients themselves; sporting clubs, playgroups and workplaces.

    Once the course has been completed please email us at the Anaphylaxis Advice Line with the details of your specific needs for your one hour Family Education session which we will schedule via Zoom at a mutually convenient time.

    What is covered in these sessions?

    • General information on allergies including signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
    • First Aid Management of anaphylaxis
    • Demonstration and hands on practice with adrenaline injector devices
    • How to manage your child's allergies on a day to day basis

    What is the cost of the training?

    Cost is $80.00 plus GST per family (max of 4 family members/carers/friends)

    How do I reserve a place?

    Please email:

    Phone: 9345 4235

    There are a maximum of 12 places per session.

    Please ensure that you provide the following information:

    • the age of your child and their confirmed allergens as written on their ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis or ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions.
    • A contact phone number
    • Please also list any additional medical conditions of relevance eg: asthma
    • We will then contact you to organise a mutually agreeable time for the family education session

    Please note 48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your booking.

    Anaphylaxis Management Professional Development Program (Train the Trainer) currently under review.

    Dates - NOT currently on offer

    Clinical day to be organised in consultation with Clinical Nurse Consultant/s

    This course has been especially designed to provide additional information on allergic disease and anaphylaxis. The Royal Children's Hospital is committed to support educators and trainers in their delivery of allergy and anaphylaxis. We have developed a comprehensive two day course to extend individual's knowledge of allergy and anaphylaxis, and the opportunity to see how children are diagnosed with allergy here at the hospital. One day is classroom focused and one is a clinical placement. This is the first course that offers clinical observation time in the Department of Allergy & Immunology alongside our excellent clinicians.


    • To provide current evidence based education and information on allergy and anaphylaxis.
    • To ensure continuity of information being taught by individuals and RTO's delivering anaphylaxis training and education.
    • To increase the knowledge of all trainers delivering allergy and anaphylaxis training

    Who Should Attend

    This course is open to the following individuals:

    • Nurse educators
    • Trainers currently delivering 22578VIC First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis or 10710NAT Course in Anaphylaxis Awareness 
    • Individuals delivering first aid courses
    • School nurses and nursing staff
    • Trainers wanting to deliver allergy and anaphylaxis training sessions
    • Other interested health and education professionals

    Content of the course

    • Allergic disease
    • IgE mediated allergy
    • Links between asthma and allergy
    • Food allergy Vs food intolerance
    • Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES)
    • Non IgE food allergy
    • How is Allergy diagnosed
      • family history
      • skin prick tests
      • blood tests
      • What are food challenges
    • Incidence of anaphylaxis in Australian children
    • Current research in Australia
    • Recognising an allergic reaction
      • Signs and symptoms
      • First aid management of anaphylaxis
    • Risk assessment of workplace environments
      • What is risk management
      • How does a service complete risk assessment
      • Preventative strategies
    • Current legislation for schools and early childhood services
    • Regulations and ministerial orders what do they mean?
    • What schools are facing when trying to implement the ministerial order
    • Skills required in the classroom - Creating a learning environment; Ensuring delivery meets participants need; Appropriate assessment
    • Half day clinical observation and half day case study and assessment
    • Assessment tasks and case study


    1. Case Study

    A report on a child with an allergic reaction that attends the Department of Allergy and Immunology at RCH. The student needs to accompany a child through the process of having the consultation with the Specialist, undergoing skin prick tests and food challenges and then concluding with the Specialist's summation of the allergy and his/her ongoing management. The required assessment will consist of:

    2. Risk Assessment

    • Identification of risks associated with an allergic reaction at childcare or school
    • Individual allergy action plan for this child including planned schedule for regular review of the plan
    • A risk assessment and minimisation plan
    • A communication plan for stakeholders.


    • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent or
    • Div 1 Nurse
    • or equivalent

    Maximum of 10 places per session.

    What is the cost of the Course?

    Course Fee - $660.00 plus GST ($726)

    How do I reserve a place?

    Please email:

    Phone: 93454235

    Please note 48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your booking.

    Course delivery is subject to a certain number of participants and low numbers may indicate a postponement of the session.