Allergy workshop for parents & teachers

Allergies, particularly to food, are becoming more and more common in NZ. So, it is important that early childhood staff are able to recognise allergic reactions and know how to treat them

Allergy NZ are releasing the ‘Allergy & Anaphylaxis Guidelines for ECE’s & Schools’ on 9th November.

An allergy workshop is being held for parents, caregivers, ECE & school staff. Details as follows:

When: Wednesday 9th November 2011
Time: 7 – 9pm
Where: Parnell Trust – Jubilee Hall (formerly The Foundation of the Blind)
545 Parnell Road, Parnell Auckland
Cost: $25 members/ $30 non-members (includes a copy of the guidelines)

The fundamentals of the ‘Allergy & Anaphylaxis Guidelines for ECE’s & Schools’ will be presented.

This includes information on recognizing and treating allergic reactions and simple tips and procedures for creating a safe educational environment.

This will be followed by an interactive workshop covering the following;

• How to approach your child’s school and work with your Public Health Nurse to ensure the best care for your child.

• Practical advice for parents and caregivers of children with allergies
• Age appropriate strategies for helping your child to manage their allergies.
• Presentation of the two new adrenaline auto-injectors required for the treatment of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) – Epipen and Anapen and the opportunity to practice with guidance from the allergy nurse specialists.

Presenters include Allergy NZ CEO Penny Jorgensen, Starship Allergy Nurse Specialist Susie Lester and ADHB Public Health Nurses Laurelle Breen and Ann Hays.

This will also be useful for parents and caregivers of pre-school children to get tips for working with their early childhood education provider and advice on managing their children’s allergies.

For course registrations, visit http://www.allergy.org.nz and see the news & events page (Registrations are vital as numbers are limited)

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