Course description

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction. Common causes are insect stings, foods and some medication. It is life threatening and requires immediate first aid (an auto-injector) and emergency medical assistance.

Someone in your school could have a severe allergy; as such, this must form part of your first aid needs assessment.

Who should attend?

This course is for people who provide childcare. Workplace first aiders who have to deal with those prone to anaphylaxis should also attend.

Candidates need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). While we are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. We may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

Booking for large numbers of students? Have a look at on-site training options.

Course duration

Three hours.

Topics covered

You will learn how to prevent, recognise, and treat severe allergic reactions, including the use of auto-injectors and CPR.

Topics covered:

  • Adult, child, and baby resuscitation (CPR)
  • Auto-injector
  • Communication and casualty care
  • Primary survey
  • Understanding and recognising allergic reaction
  • Unresponsive casualty treatment

Delegate learning how to use auto-injector

Assessment and certification


Continuous observation by the trainer.


Successful candidates receive a St John Ambulance certificate, valid for three years.

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