Allergy New Zealand provides evidence-based information and support to people whose lives are affected by allergies. Their medical advisors have recently updated the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Guidelines for Schools and Kura (PDF) with a goal to build confidence in school staff responsible for the health management, protection, and care of those students who are doctor-diagnosed as at risk of allergies and anaphylaxis.
Allergy New Zealand state the role of the family doctor is to:
- diagnose or exclude allergies and communicate the results to the parents or guardians
- provide a written Allergy Action Plan or Anaphylaxis Action Plan in plain language with clear identification of the allergens, the main symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to treat them, with instructions for administration of emergency medication (Allergy NZ provide links to various ASCIA and other resources to help GPs do this on page 18)
- monitor the child’s allergies, and arrange dietitian referral and tests, including food challenges as appropriate
- if the child has asthma, an up-to-date asthma management plan should also be provided.