Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Free anaphylaxis e-training for the community (ASCIA)

As most families know, when your child has severe allergies it is difficult to keep them safe when you are not around.

It can be very daunting to leave your child’s life in the hands of others, whether it be the staff at school, friend’s parents or even other family members.

Yes, you may have told them about the allergies and how severe they are, but do they take it seriously and know what to do in case of a reaction? We have had some families tell us about the difficulties of getting even grandparents to understand.

All this can be very overwhelming for families as people are generally uneducated about allergies and how to treat them.

We also know that there are many people in the community who are willing to help, and just want to know what to do.

A new resource has just become available that might help. This is a FREE anaphylaxis e-training for first aid (community). It was created by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) to be undertaken by the broader community such as parents, friends, carers, patients, workplace or student colleagues and club members.

It is simple and easy to do if you have access to the internet. People are able to take part in the free course and gain a printable certificate of completion with their own name and mark.

This means that you can step aside and point those around your child towards the online course, which will help them understand allergies and how to take action in the case of a severe allergic reaction.

It will not only give you a piece of mind but it will give your family confidence to let your child go to play with friends, stay with extended family, or go on camps and sleepovers.

You or others can sign up for the course here by clicking on "anaphylaxis first aid" at bottom of page, to begin the course.

ASCIA also has online training for school staff and health professionals.

Give us feedback

Let us know how the course went and get a discussion going. Do you think this course is a good idea? Did you enjoy it? Was it difficult? If so what about it? Was it easier/harder than you expected? Who else would you like us to recommend this course to? Did it help your family? Do you feel better knowing others around you took this course?



Want more information about anaphylaxis? Visit our website here where you can find many helpful resources.

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