The following policy and procedures are in place for the administration of medications to students at Holy Family Catholic Primary School. (This Policy has been developed in conjunction with the Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst.)
1. Non-prescription medication – medications such as asprin, Panadol, cough mixtures, etc may be given to students with verbal permission from parents.
2. Prescription medication –
3. Specific needs –
Parents complete an Asthma/Allergies Form at the beginning of each school year. Staff are informed about pupils who suffer from Asthma and their need to have access to medication, usually a bronchodilator, at all times. If the Asthma is severe in its effects, parents should provide special guidance to enable staff to assist pupils in distress.
Parents of students with diabetes are asked to assist the school by providing thorough information and regular updates on the best management needs for their child. Staff members are given adequate knowledge and guidance for the care or pupils with diabetes. This may include workshops given by the local Diabetes Educator.
Staff are involved in First Aid and Anaphylaxis training. Class teachers have the responsibility of introducing and maintaining the ‘BE A MATE’ Program. (Make Allergy Treatment Easier). This can be incorporated into the PDHPE KLA. The program incorporates the following key learnings:
4. Medical Alerts – A specific ‘Medical Alert’ form for a student with a specific medication condition is displayed in the staffroom. A copy of the Alert is issued to the class teacher, canteen, computer lab and library.