Students need to feel safe and supported at school. Part of your
school’s responsibility is supporting and responding to the health care
needs of students.
If a student at your school has a health condition
that could impact on their attendance and participation, it’s important
to anticipate, plan and manage appropriate health support.
Student health support planning in schools has four stages:
Tell parents and carers about your school’s policy for supporting student health either before or during the enrolment process.
Ask parents and carers to provide accurate information relevant to their child, including:
Ask parents and carers to get their child’s health practitioner to complete:
Once you have the required medical advice, organise a meeting with:
Start developing the Student Health Support Plan by asking questions such as:
If there’s a delay between a health care need being identified and
receiving the necessary medical advice, put an interim Student Health
Support Plan in place outlining an agreed strategy.
Plan ahead for school excursions and camps
The school must also develop a Student Health Support Plan when a student is to attend school excursions and camps.
The parent or carer should provide the school with Confidential Medical Information for School Council Approved School Excursion.
Student Health Support Plans should be reviewed and updated:
Medical advice should be reviewed regularly, generally within twelve months.
Parents, carers and students must be informed that
their personal health information may have to be provided to other
school staff, such as school nurses.
Information about the student’s health condition and medication should be loaded in the “Cases21 Database”.
The School Policy and Advisory Guide has more detailed information about student health support planning in government schools, including:
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 states that schools have a responsibility to ensure all students feel safe and supported at school.
provide extra school-based support to students with a disability for
things like medical intervention, staff training and equipment grants
for students with vision impairments.
Home Based Programs
give students with severe disabilities access to an educational program
when they can’t attend school due to the nature of their disability.
The Catholic Education Office has information about health support planning for students in Catholic schools.
Independent Schools Victoria has information about health support planning for students in independent schools.
Health support planning in education and children’s services DECS 2006 outlines South Australian guidelines in relation to planning for health care needs in a school setting.
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