20 September 2021

Allergy action plans

Use an allergy action plan to prepare for, and treat, allergy emergencies.

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Families provide action plans

Families provide action plans

Families and whānau are responsible for providing an up-to-date allergy action plan, which they get from a registered medical practitioner.

Plans are prepared using ASCIA templates for anaphylaxis and allergic reactions.

Action plans should be updated:

  • following an annual doctor’s appointment
  • when a new auto injector is purchased
  • when allergy information changes.

If a child or young person is at risk of anaphylaxis, they will be prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector (EpiPen) and given an Anaphylaxis Action Plan.

Source: ASCIA (opens in a new tab/window)

Request action plans

Request action plans

Request and collect allergy and anaphylaxis action plans as part of the enrolment process.

Plans should be reviewed and updated annually.

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Source: Ministry of Education

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No allergy action plan?

No allergy action plan?

Not every child will have an ASCIA allergy action plan.

Parents or caregivers may indicate on the enrolment form that their child has allergies, but they don’t have  an allergy action plan. This may be because:

  • the allergy is mild and the student does not require an ASCIA allergy plan
  • the family don’t know that allergy plans are available from the doctor – ASCIA information for parents
  • the allergy is not life threatening (pollen or animal dander allergies).

Ensure you collect all necessary and relevant information from parents and whānau so that all staff are aware of the triggers and preventative measures to ensure the child is safe.

Useful resources

Useful resources


ASCIA action plans for anaphylaxis

Publisher: Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

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Health conditions in education settings Supporting children and young people3

Health conditions in education settings: Supporting children and young people

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Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Recognise and respond to allergic reactions”:

Return to the guide “Allergies and learning”