ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for schools and early childhood education/care
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ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses for schools and early childhood education/care (ECEC) staff were first developed in 2010. These world leading courses are available open access and used throughout Australia and New Zealand, to provide an accessible, consistent and evidence based approach to prevention, recognition and emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. These courses have been updated in January 2020 (Version 7.0) to include the following updates that have been made to ASCIA Action Plans:
- The weight range for adrenaline autoinjectors (150 mcg) has changed from 10-20kg to 7.5-20kg, to be consistent with ASCIA Guidelines and consensus expert opinion.
- The section for the doctor or nurse practitioner to complete In the RED and GREEN plans is more detailed and clearer.
- The ORANGE plan (used mostly as a poster) has a new title “ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis” and translated versions of this plan are available on the ASCIA website.
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The ECEC version is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law, and published in accordance with regulation 137(1)(e) of the Education and Care Services Regulations.
Development and updating of ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses involves an extensive review process that has involved ASCIA members, patient support organisations and representatives from schools, childcare services, education and health departments throughout Australasia.
ASCIA retains copyright and control of all ASCIA e-training courses and content is regularly reviewed and updated when evidence based changes occur in the medical literature.
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for early childhood education/care (ECEC) 2020
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Australasian schools 2020
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Queensland schools 2020
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training schools Victoria 2020
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for schools Western Australia
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses should always be completed in conjunction with practice using an adrenaline autoinjector training device (with no needle and no adrenaline). To order trainer devices contact a pharmacy or the device supplier (EpiPen: Mylan AU - phone 1800 931 625 or Mylan NZ - phone 0800 168 169) or your national patient support organisation:
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia www.allergyfacts.org.au
Allergy New Zealand www.allergy.org.nz
The supervisor or other adult witness (18 years or older) who signs the certificate to confirm practice with the adrenaline autoinjector trainer devices does not require any special qualifications (except in Victorian state schools - see below). They can refer to instructions on ASCIA Action Plans or videos on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/anaphylaxis
During physical/social distancing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a person may demonstrate an adrenaline autoinjector (EpiPen) trainer device on themselves and an adult within the same location may witness correct administration of the trainer device. If this isn’t possible, correct administration may be witnessed by an adult over a video call and signed off with a digital signature. The trainer device should be wiped clean with disinfectant after use and before it is used again.
During Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria, school staff may demonstrate the use of an EpiPen trainer device on themselves or a willing household member to the School Anaphylaxis Supervisor via video conferencing, and a digital signature may be used for sign off. Schools will need to arrange the postage of the EpiPen trainer device to school staff allowing for the competency check to occur within the 30 day window. Please ensure that the device is only handled by the school staff member and that good hand hygiene practices are followed. Please ensure the device is wiped down with disinfectant prior to posting (both ways) and upon receipt.
Staff in Victorian schools usually need be verified (face to face), by the School Anaphylaxis Supervisor within 30 days of completing the ASCIA e-training as being able to use the adrenaline autoinjector trainer devices correctly to complete their certification. Click on www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/health/Pages/anaphylaxisschl.aspx and the Anaphylaxis Supervisor Checklist is located under the ‘Training requirements’ tab. For further information you can contact the Royal Children's Hospital Anaphylaxis Advisory Line by phoning 1300 725 911.
A username and password must be obtatined from the e-training website registration process to participate in a course.
Course participants should read each module carefully then complete the quiz for each module (feedback will be provided after answering each question).
Modules may only be completed in order.
- Upon successful completion of the course (by achieving at least 80% in the final assessment module quiz) each participant will be able to print out a form confirming successful completion of the course.
- The course may be undertaken at the particpant's own pace but it is recommended the modules are completed within a two week period.
- To obtain a Certificate of Completion for ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training a result of 80% or higher is required for the Final assessment. If this result is not obtained on the first attempt, users can reattempt the course.
- Certificate of Completion may be printed or saved as PDF file. Sign the certificate for your record.
- The person who confirms your practice with a trainer device must also sign the certificate.
ASCIA launched new e-training websites and courses on Sunday 19 January 2020.
- For the General Schools and ECEC website including ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Australasian schools, ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Queensland schools 2020 and ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Early Childhood Education/Care 2020, no previous accounts or certificates were retained. You are welcome to create an account on the new site and complete a 2020 course.
- For the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for schools Victoria website you are welcome to create an account complete the 2020 course.
- For the ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training WA accounts prior to Sunday 19 January 2020 should still be available.
Question: Is ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training accredited?
Answer: ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses for school and ECEC staff have been provided by ASCIA, the peak professional body for allergy and clinical immunology in Australia and New Zealand, since they were first developed by ASCIA in 2010. The course does not require accreditation due to it being developed by a peak body, and it is the recommended training for school staff in most regions, including VIC, NSW, QLD and WA.
The ECEC version has been approved by ACECQA, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law, and published in accordance with regulation 137(1)(e) of the Education and Care Services Regulations.
Question: How often should I undertake anaphylaxis training?
Answer: ASCIA cannot recommend how often training needs to be undertaken, as this differs between regions, however it would seem reasonable to repeat training at least every two years. You should check your region's guidelines/legislation to meet the training requirements.
Answer: ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses should always be completed in conjunction with practice using an adrenaline autoinjector training device (with no needle and no adrenaline). For more information (including who can sign the certifcate) go to www.allergy.org.au/patients/anaphylaxis-e-training-schools-and-childcare#ad3
Question: I am having trouble registering. Why haven't I received an email and can't log in?
Answer: The automatic email that is sent to a nominated email address to authenticate an account may be blocked by a Spam filter on your own computer, your network provider or your ISP.
If your email address is a common email address such as; hotmail, yahoo or bigpond, the automatic email confirmations may be stopped by firewalls. If you have not received your confirmation email, please try your junk/spam inboxes, try using another email address that is not hotmail, yahoo or bigpond.
The automatic email also cannot be received if you enter your email address incorrectly when creating your account, so correctly entering your email address when registering is essential.
For more help see the e-training site concerned for help to create an account.
Question: Why is my password is not working?
Answer: Both usernames and passwords are case sensitive. The password must have at least 8 characters, at least 1 digit(s), at least 1 lower case letter(s), at least 1 upper case letter(s), at least 1 non-alphanumeric character(s).
Example password: kp?Gd6ma*7
Question: Can I log in using someone else's password or email address?
Answer: No. An individual's result is stored on the site database and accessible by them, so each individual needs to have their own account and therefore their own email address.
Question: Can our School or ECEC centre use the one email login for all staff?
Answer: No. An individual's result is stored on the site database and accessible by them, so each individual needs to have their own account and therefore their own email address
Question: Why wasn't my progress saved after I completed the course but it dropped out or froze (which may be due to my internet connection)?
Answer: If you have not completed the course and leave it open on your computer in an inactivate state for more than 60 minutes, the database will automatically log you out. With an automatic log out your position in the course or your final result may not be captured.
When undertaking ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training (or any other web based training), access to a reliable computer and good internet connection are key factors to successful completion of e-training. Variables such as an individual's computer reliability, browser type, internet connection problems, interference from phone lines and restrictions imposed by local area networks (LANs) and associated firewalls cannot be influenced nor controlled by ASCIA. To allow for these variables ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training has been developed so that new attempts may be undertaken as many times as an individual wishes to do so.
Question: I completed the final test but I am having troubles finding the certificate. Can you help or is it gone forever?
Answer: When the database has captured your result following course completion, a certificate will be available to print. Access to the certificate is gained from the bottom of your course page. The certificate is only valid if it shows your result as 80% or more.
Question: What are the minimum computer and internet requirements to run ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training?
Answer: ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training should function correctly with:
- Computers using a modern browser (eg Edge, Internet Explorer, FireFox, Google Chrome, Safari etc). It is strongly advised to keep your browser up to date.
- Cookies enabled (Most Internet browsers are preset to accept cookies). Cookies allow your results and activity to be captured.
- Stable internet connection, broadband recommended. (For users going through a Local Network, check with your local Network administrator for any firewall issues.)
Answer: Three points to consider are as follows:
- Network peering affects uploading and downloading
As your data travels through the Internet, different network hosts hand it off to the next host in a process called peering. Occasionally, networks will experience a delay when sending a piece of data to the next destination. When latency occurs, it can cause peering issues. As a result, people using certain ISPs may have trouble accessing data other from sites.
- The upload speed offered by your ISP
Many ISPs gloss over their uploading speeds because most common high-speed technology has uneven or asymmetrical uploading/downloading (sometimes called upstream/downstream) speeds. Cable internet, for example, is one of the most widely used internet connection types. Downloading is usually very fast at around 10 megabits per second (Mbps). Uploading speed, however, is typically limited to around 1 Mbps. Your specific speed will vary depending on your network, but you can expect about a 10:1 download/upload ratio.
- With wireless networking, speeds vary based on the number and types of devices connected. A lot of devices advertise high networking speed, but those figures refer to devices talking to each other, not necessarily how fast it can send and receive data through the Internet. Some devices, such as 4G phones, connect at only 9.5Mbps which will slow down the entire network to 9.5Mbps. Additionally, your bandwidth may become constrained If multiple users in your office/school are also uploading large files at the same time.
Answer: There are several important points with regard to large school group access of the course:
- Registration uses a system email. A user has to get their email correct in the first place for the system generated email to have a chance of reaching them.
- How the system email is perceived by your ISP, LAN Spam protection and computer Spam protection may also influence receipt. Legitimate system emails sometimes may be incorrectly treated as Spam (as more than 90% of the world's emails are Spam).
- The ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training website is capable of handling multiple users into the thousands in a day. However if multiple access occurs from a particular network position, local congestion may be a factor. If you have all staff trying to access over your school LAN at the same time this may be an issue. You should seek advice from your LAN administrator.
- Experience from school staff trying to access for PD days shows the following:
- register before the day so that if an account is not established there is some time to have it confirmed manually.
- allowing or encouraging staff to complete the course throughout the day or over the week, rather than at the one time may reduce staff frustration if there are any issues.
- allowing or encouraging staff to complete the course at alternate times of their choosing before the day.
If your question is not answered above go to www.allergy.org.au/help, fill out the form.
Content updated September 2020