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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:15 pm 
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Location: Ottawa
Teachers and childcare workers will be able to give adrenaline shots to the increasing number of West Australian children who suffer from potentially fatal allergic reactions as part of a new State Government plan.

Premier Alan Carpenter said the WA government had committed $6.6 million to the plan, which also included a training program for teachers and childcare workers, instructing them on how to handle an allergy emergency. ... ntID=42143

This is such a sharp contrast to the UK, but I believe recent studies have the UK looking at increasing their focus on allergies. I hope they take a look in this direction.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:58 am 

Joined: Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:29 pm
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Location: Ohio
Make me wish I was an Aussie at the moment!

Karen in Ohio mom of 7
Allergic to tons and tons of food as well as perfumes, scented air sprays and cleaners. Hubby to Fish, ds #2 Shellfish, youngest to Eggplant, potato, Caesin, Raw Tomato & spinach.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:36 am 

Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2005 6:31 pm
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Location: Ontario
Unfortunately, the teachers' union in Australia isn't very happy about the new legislation: ... 049675.htm

Union: Allergy emergency plan another burden on teachers

"The government has to realise that teachers are up to their eyeballs and beyond in things they have to do at the moment so any professional development they have to propose teachers have to agree with and they've got to be supported," he said.

"We don't accept that teachers have to be medical specialists."


Education is my main specialty as a freelance writer and I am a huge teacher supporter, but the tone of this article really bothers me. Parents of allergic kids aren't expected to be medical specialists either - using an autoinjector on a child suffering from an allergic reaction isn't exactly rocket science. Hopefully someone from an advocacy group down under can explain this to the teachers' union.

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