In a move that can only be called leading-edge and life saving, Hackham West Primary School will host Katrine Hilyard MP this Friday to launch the first ever “allergy-station” in an Australian school.
The station will make Hackham West Primary a worldwide leader in allergy-safety.
Since the release of the South Australian Department of Education anaphylaxis guidelines in September, Not-for-profit organisation Global Anaphylaxis Awareness and Inclusivity (globalaai) say that an allergy station is an important step forward for schools looking to keep
students with anaphylaxis as safe as possible.
“This station could very well save a life” said globalaai founder, Dr. Pooja Newman, “we put children at risk when we don’t do enough, allergies can be lethal. Preparedness and education are invaluable, especially when working with children and young adults”.
Australia is the allergy capital of the world with 1 in 10 infants now being diagnosed with an allergy and nearly 40% of children with food allergies have experienced a severe or life threatening reaction.
Dr. Newman believes this initiative is set to spread across the country, and eventually the globe, “Allergies are becoming extremely wide-spread, to us it’s a no-brainer to have an easy and obvious solution in place, this is the kind of planning that can save the lives of young people, we believe more schools will be getting on board soon and seeing the value of such a system”.
Not only will these stations be invaluable in the case of a life-threatening emergency, but they also provide a fantastic “conversation starter”.
Dr Newman says “The incredible power of a prominently displayed station is that it counteracts a phenomenon that is on the rise: allergy bullying” she says that “globalaai encourages not only safety but social allergy inclusiveness, encouraging young people to disclose their allergies and for them to feel apart of a community that wants to shoulder their burden is as much a part of the station as the adrenaline inside.”
Dr Newman founded globalaai to spread awareness of the seriousness of anaphylaxis and instigate social change to save lives. globalaai has developed emergency Allergy stations for food outlets, public spaces, homes and workplaces.