The health and safety of students is critical to wellbeing and learning and is important to schools. Principals, staff, parents/carers, healthcare professionals and students all have a role to play in the effective support of students’ health needs.
This policy is designed to assist schools with the management and support of students requiring specialised medical assistance. It ensures that there is clarity regarding the manner in which such support is to be provided and defines the responsibilities of the various parties, whose cooperation is required in order to ensure such support is effectively provided. The aim is to determine the best way possible for students’ individual health support needs to be met in the context of their particular school.
There are a range of tasks that can be performed by appropriately trained School Support Staff. These include the provision of first aid, non-invasive health care procedures and dispensing medication. This policy covers the situations where a student requires specialised medical assistance including insertion of tubes and indwelling catheters. Such procedures would ordinarily be performed by nursing or medical staff.