Local Sporting Clubs Urged to Be Allergy Aware

Published on 11 April 2017

Media Release

Baw Baw Shire Council is urging all local sporting clubs to become more allergy and anaphylaxis aware by participating in a free anaphylaxis E-training course developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).

This call to action comes in response to the recent release of the Coroner’s findings associated with the death of 15 year old Jack Irvine, who suffered a severe anaphylaxis reaction at a junior development sports camp in September 2012 and died six days later.

ASCIA have developed this course to provide ready access to reliable anaphylaxis education, at no charge, to prevent further tragedies taking place.

The Department of Health and Human Services and Baw Baw Shire Council are encouraging all local sporting club officials, staff and volunteers to complete the E-training course.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said that out of this tragedy we can honour Jack’s life by better educating ourselves and those around us about the risks associated with food allergies and anaphylaxis.

“As a Council, we have close ties with local sport and recreation clubs and facilities and I encourage everyone to take some time out of their day to do this E-training course. It won’t take long, and the information you learn can help save someone’s life”, said the Mayor.

In addition, sporting clubs are urged to review the procedures on how to safely conduct camps involving children, including the safe provision of food to children with known food allergies.

Residents can access this E-training tool via the ASCIA website at http://anaphylaxis.ascia.org.au/ where users will be asked to create an account and login to access the course.

For more information about food allergies and anaphylaxis, visit https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/conditionsandtreatment/allergies/