Health

Health Support Planning Information

Adelaide West Special Education Centre is committed to supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of all students. An important part of this commitment is the Health Support Policy. Parents/caregivers are responsible for their children’s health care. This includes providing accurate, up-to-date and relevant information for staff regarding student’s routine and emergency health care needs.

Where possible students will be supported to develop safe, self-management of their health care needs. This will occur with respect for the student's age and stage of development.

All supporting health plans can be accessed here.

Complex and Invasive Health Care

There are some students who have complex and invasive health care needs that involve procedures that are not routinely expected of educational personnel. These circumstances require the involvement of the Child, Youth Women's Health Network (CYWHN) Access Assistant Program (AAP) who plan and provide complex invasive health care support. Health Support Officers (HSOs) are specifically trained to provide this support by Registered Nurses. This support may include gastrostomy meals, tracheostomy care, oxygen therapy or catheterisation.

Health Support Agreements

A health support planning agreement may be developed for children and young people with complex or multiple health conditions. The agreement contains copies of all health care plans, management plans, first aid, medication agreements and other health support information.

The agreement remains with the child or young person at all times to be accessed by all supporting staff during school, respite and out of school hours care. 

Medication Management

Medication’ includes all prescribed, non-prescribed, over the counter and alternative therapies (vitamins, minerals, supplements) that are administered in an education or care service. Education and care services can only administer medication orally, inhaled or topically.  

Families are encouraged to give medication outside of school hours, e.g. three times per day can be taken in the morning (before school), afternoon (straight after school) and bedtime.

If medication needs to be given/taken at school a Medication Agreement must be completed It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to provide the required medication

  • Medication must be provided in the original pharmacy container with directions on the label
  • The student’s name must be on the original label
  • The pharmacy label must match the supplied Medication Agreement exactly
  • A maximum of one day’s supply is to be provided at any time (except asthma medication, creams and lotions)
  • Parents must provide a Medication Agreement for medications that may only be used as required (PRN).  Instructions must be precise e.g. paracetamol to be given for headache every 4 hours
  • Medication for respite care must be packaged and labelled separately
  • School staff will complete the medication log when administering medication
  • Parents will be informed of any medication incidents

Allergies

Students with severe allergies should have an ASCIA Action Plan for allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. You can access these plans here.