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We pride ourselves on a high level of allergy awareness and have a number of processes and procedures in place to manage allergies and anaphylaxis, so your child can take part in activities to their full potential.

We complete anaphylaxis training every two years and are experienced in identifying and managing anaphylaxis.

Every Centre has at least two EpiPens.

We require medical information and consent forms to be completed and returned prior to your child’s stay.

Children with severe food allergies wear an identifying red wristband at all times during their stay.

We walk children with allergies through the process of how their food is prepared and collected as well as encouraging them to tell us if there are problems with their meal. We have risk controls in place for specific allergies. This can mean a child brings their own specially packaged food, after consultation and approval from the Centre or their carer comes along. Other times, it’s making sure children wear insect repellent, long sleeves and pants during outdoor activities.

Participants suffering from asthma or anaphylaxis should have an asthma management plan or anaphylaxis action plan which has been prepared by their doctor. Download sample plan templates from Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website. Please provide it to the Centre prior to attending camp.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s stay, we encourage you to call and speak to our staff or even visit the Centre prior to their stay. Our goal is to ensure you feel comfortable about your child’s stay at camp.

Parent Testimonials

“My daughter has coeliac disease which requires a strict gluten free diet and is also fructose intolerant. She attended Lake Ainsworth with her school and due to the complexity of the diet, was allowed to send all food to be consumed. With trying to cater for so many food allergies with children these days, Tim from Lake Ainsworth is obviously very experienced in this area and is a huge asset to the camp. Thank you to Tim for the outstanding level of service he provided my daughter.” 
- Margaret T

 

"We had a very enjoyable weekend at the camp. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and the meals were fab. I'd like to thank Priscilla for her patience with our crew and for going out of her way in being helpful regarding food. The gluten-free pancakes were a hit!” 
Diane S

Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Sport support the view held by Anaphylaxis Australia that the term “nut free” should not be used. We have several processes to manage all special diets, particularly the top 11 allergens.

Yes. Our Centres cater for many types of allergies and diets, including gluten free.

We can provide a menu on request for parents needing to consult with their child’s dietician or doctor.

We can, within reason. Our priority is to provide special diets for medical conditions and religious beliefs. Fussy eaters will find a number of food choices each meal time.

This will vary depending on your child’s diet and medical condition. Our staff are trained to implement a number of strategies when preparing food to minimise cross contamination.

In some instances, such as a medical condition, yes. However, the form linked below will need to be completed and returned to the Centre before attending camp. (Parent Information & Indemnity Form – Food Brought In From Client (DOCX, 147.98 KB))

 

This will depend on your child’s allergies and medical condition.  If they have severe allergies, it’s common for staff to set up a separate table for your child to eat at, but they will not be sitting alone.

Every Centre has a minimum of two EpiPens. Staff are trained in their use and also undertake refresher training.

We have steps in place to ensure your child’s dietary needs are looked after, from recording dietary information, explaining how their food is prepared and checking your child receives the specific meal prepared for them to encouraging them to tell us if they have any problems at any time during meals.

As an additional measure, children with food related anaphylaxis wear an identifying red wristband at all times during their stay. Contact the Centre to find out more.

We have a variety of lactose-free milks available, including soy. If your child has a preference, contact the Centre and our catering staff will endeavour to accommodate.

All special diet meals are similar in taste and quality to the standard meals.

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