The safety and well-being of students at Samford State School is always our highest priority. In order to provide for the specialised health needs of our students, the school will:
Gather information from parents and carers about the student's health support needs when the student enrols at Samford State school and throughout their schooling.
Request an action plan for any student who is identified as requiring support to manage their health condition or administer their emergency medication at school.
An action plan is a document developed by medical professionals to provide guidelines to safely manage a student's health support needs, for example diabetes, anaphylaxis or asthma. It ensures that all relevant staff have access to current information about a student's specialized health need and the required actions to fully support the needs of the student. Action plans are available through a medical professional or on the Samford State School website.
Please note that school staff are not permitted to administer any medication, including over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, naturopathic, herbal and homeopathic preparations and pharmacist-only medicines at school, unless one of the following forms (available on the Samford State School website) are completed and submitted to the school.
1. Administration of medication at school record sheet (routine/short-term medication) - This form is completed by the parent or carer, and is used on a daily basis to administer medications. It is for use with prescribed medications administered on a routine or daily/regular basis, or for short-term medications. For example anti-biotics or any medication where there is a set time to administer the dosage.
2. Administration of medication at school record sheet (emergency medication) - This form is completed by the parent or carer and is for medications such as Adrenaline auto-injectors (Epipen) or Ventolin that have been prescribed to the student and used to respond to a medical emergency. This form is used in conjunction with the student’s Emergency Health Plan, Diabetes, Asthma or Anaphylaxis Plan.
3. Administration of medication on school camp (routine/short term) - This form is used to record the administration of a medication to a student during a school camp. The parent or carer completes the highlighted sections of this form and returns it to school prior to the camp.
Prior to administering any medication at school Samford State School staff will confirm that:
- The parent/carer has completed all sections of the relevant form and provided in-date medication in the original pharmacy labelled container
- The medication container has a valid pharmacy label which includes the name of the prescribing health practitioner to confirm that it is prescription medication
- The student has received a dose at home without ill effect prior to the school administering the medication
- The pharmacy label instructions match the relevant section of the form
- Samford State School staff are bound by these regulations. which are detailed in the Department of Education Policy for the Administration of Medication in Schools.