A grassroots charity is offering every Australian teacher and parent access to free eczema resources as part of a passionate campaign to support the health and wellbeing of children battling this devastating skin condition.
With one in three children under age 6 struggling with eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), Eczema Support Australia is supporting schools to better support students living with the extremely itchy and painful condition that has a huge impact on quality of life, and which is often misunderstood.
“School-age children with eczema often experience physical, emotional and educational struggles, which jeopardise their long-term well-being,” says Ms Funk, whose twin sons have battled chronic eczema since birth.
“The condition can lead to low confidence, absenteeism from school and isolation, while younger children in early learning are also at risk of adverse health and well-being when their needs are not met,” according to Ms Funk.
Eczema Support Australia has developed two free tools for educators to support the health and wellbeing of children with eczema:
- The Eczema Awareness Course for Educators is a 45-minute e-learning course which promotes greater awareness of the complexities surrounding eczema and the impact it has on a child’s life and education. Access HERE.
- The Eczema School Kit provides expert advice and strategies designed to communicate potential eczema triggers in the learning environment and simple solutions to prevent and/or care for a child’s outbreak.
Developed in consultation with and endorsed by The Australasian College of Dermatologists, download HERE:
“With eczema prevalence amongst children in Australia rising, we have identified a lack of resources dedicated to supporting a child’s transition into an education environment,” continues Ms Funk.
“The Eczema Awareness Course and School Kit are designed to foster greater communication between carers and educators, to further support the health and well-being of a child with eczema through better understanding, clear communication and documented action plans,” says Ms Funk.