Before any medications can be administered to a student, strict guidelines must be adhered to. This includes over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Department of Education and Training medications policy requires that, before ANY medication (prescription OR over-the-counter) is administered at school:
The parent notifies the school in writing via the Administer medications form to administer medication.
An authorised practitioner (e.g. GP) must also complete a section on this same form.
The medication provided to the school must be in the original pharmacy labelled container and handed to the school's office.
The medication's expiry date must be identifiable and will not be given if it is out of date.
The original pharmacy label must include the student’s name, dosage and time/s to be taken.
The student has received a does at home without ill effect.
Notify the school in writing via the Administer medications form when a change of dosage is required. This instruction is to include the prescribing health practitioner signature or change of label from a pharmacist.
Advise the school in writing and collect the medication when it is no longer required at school.
Where parents are working with a prescribing health practitioner to determine a dose for that day (e.g. insulin, Rivotril) parents will provide a letter from the prescribing health practitioner instructing that parents will be responsible for notifying the school of the adjusted dose.
Staff members keep accurate registers of administration of medication.
Students with medical conditions must have a completed medical conditions form (PDF, 19 KB) submitted to the school.
Asthmatics may keep puffers on their person or in school bags and are exempt from the above policy, in that they may self-administer puffer medication as they feel the need. Parents of asthmatics must ensure that their children are familiar with the procedures for puffer use.
Forms may be handed in person to the front office, emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to: (07) 3430 9100
It is not appropriate for a child who is ill to be at school. When children are not feeling well, they are sent to the “Sick Room” to lie down. In the majority of cases, parents are contacted and further action is negotiated. It is the policy of the school not to have children in the “Sick Room” for longer than one period of instruction except in exceptional circumstances.