School Camps & Excursions: Asthma

If your child has asthma, attending school camps and excursions can introduce them to new asthma triggers especially if they are going into new environments. It is essential that your child can participate fully and safely in all school activities. The following is a list of considerations to make for your child before they go on school camp or an excursion:

• Is your child’s asthma currently well controlled (e.g. no symptoms at night, reliever use less than 3 times per week)?

• Has your child had an asthma attack or asthma symptoms recently?

• Does the school have an Asthma Action Plan for your child?

• Has the school asked you to complete a School Camp and Excursion Medical Update Form?

• Does your child have their reliever medication and spacer on hand at all times?

• Are they attending with any other medications to be taken on the camp/excursion? If so, are there sufficient instructions to staff for use/dosage?

• Does your child self-administer their medication? If so, has their technique been checked recently?

For more information please contact The Asthma Foundation of Victoria on 1800 278 462 or visit.