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Medication

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All medication must be kept at the office not in your child's school bag.

  • notify the school if the student requires medication during school or school-based activities (including camps and excursions) via:
  • a letter (for short term medication) or a Request to Administer Medication at School form, completed and signed by the parent and the prescribing health practitioner, if the student has a chronic (long term) medical condition and requires routine or emergency medications
  • Notify the school in writing of any requests and/or guidelines provided by the students' prescribing health practitioner concerning medication administration
  • consult with the school to develop an Emergency Health Plan if emergency medication is required by the student
  • notify the school in writing (with an accompanying letter from the prescribing health practitioner) when changes occur to the students' routines or emergency medication
  • notify the school in advance (in writing) if medication is being transported with the student for purposes other than administration at school (respite, shared parental arrangements)
  • advise the school in writing and collect medication when it is no longer required at school

Communication with Health Practitioners and Pharmacists

  • where possible ask the prescribing health practitioner if the required medication is available in a form which minimises or eliminates the need to administer medication at school
  • discuss the option with the dispensing pharmacist to supply the medication in a multi-dose pack with clear administration directions (particularly when multiple medications are prescribed)
  • obtain written advice from the prescribing health practitioner if the dose is to be varied in response to specific criteria (eg. blood glucose level, behaviour)

Supplying Medication and Written Advice

  • provide the medication in person or via a delegated adult in a safe manner to the school and in the original container (rather than send medication with the student if possible) with the medical authority attached
  • provide an Action Plan for Anaphylaxis or Asthma completed by the student's medical practitioner when medication is prescribed to managed emergency health conditions/situations for these health conditions
  • ensure the medication supply has not expired and is adequate for the agreed time period, and replenished as required (school may notify)

routine-shortterm-medication.pdf

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Last reviewed 22 May 2019
Last updated 22 May 2019