Many students attending school need medication to control a health condition. It is necessary that teachers (as part of their duty of care) assist students, where appropriate to take their medication. The school will ensure the students’ privacy and confidentiality and will exercise sensitivity towards this issue to avoid any stigmatisation.
The purpose of this policy is to explain to parents/carers, students and staff the processes Laburnum Primary School will follow to safely manage the provision of medication to students while at school or school activities, including camps and excursions.
This policy applies to the administration of medication to all students. It does not apply to:
If a student requires medication, Laburnum Primary School encourages parents to arrange for the medication to be taken outside of school hours. However, Laburnum Primary School understands that students may need to take medication at school or school activities. To support students to do so safely, Laburnum Primary School will follow the procedures set out in this policy.
Students will generally need supervision of their medication and other aspects of health care management. The school in consultation with parents/carers and the student’s medical/health practitioner may consider the age and circumstances by which the student could be permitted to self-administer their medication, however, this may only occur in very rare circumstances.
Authority to administer
If a student needs to take medication while at school or at a school activity:
Parents/carers can contact Laburnum Primary School for a Medication Authority Form, or use the website writable pdf.
Please note: In order to ensure that the interests of staff, students and parents/guardians/approved persons are not compromised, medication will only be administered with explicit written permission from parent/guardian/approved person, or in the case of an emergency, with permission of a medical practitioner.
Any medication brought to school by a student needs to be clearly labelled with:
Parents/carers need to ensure that the medication a student has at school is within its expiry date. If school staff become aware that the medication a student has at school has expired, they will promptly contact the student’s parents/carers who will need to arrange for medication within the expiry date to be provided.
If a student needs to take medication at school or a school activity, the Principal (or their nominee) will ensure that:
In some cases it may be appropriate for students to self-administer their medication. The Principal may consult with parents/carers and consider advice from the student’s medical/health practitioner to determine whether to allow a student to self-administer their medication, factoring in the age and circumstances by which the student could be permitted to self-administer their medication. Ideally, medication to be self-administered by the student should be stored by the school. However, where immediate access is required by the student, such as in the case of asthma, anaphylaxis, or diabetes, medication must be stored in an easily accessible location.
Note: It is at the Principal’s discretion to agree for the student to carry and manage his/her own medication.
If the Principal decides to allow a student to self-administer their medication, the Principal may require written acknowledgement from the student’s medical/health practitioner, or the student’s parents/carers that the student will self-administer their medication.
The Principal (or their nominee) will put in place arrangements so that medication is stored:
For most students, Laburnum Primary School will store student medication at in the sick bay.
The Principal may decide, in consultation with parents/carers and/or on the advice of a student’s treating medical/health practitioner:
Laburnum Primary School will not:
If a student takes medication incorrectly, staff will endeavour to:
|1.||If required, follow first aid procedures outlined in the student’s Health Support Plan or other medical management plan.|
|2.||Ring the Poisons Information Line, 13 11 26 and give details of the incident and the student.|
|3.||Act immediately upon their advice, such as calling Triple Zero “000” if advised to do so.|
|4.||Contact the student’s parents/carers or emergency contact person to notify them of the medication error and action taken.|
|5.||Review medication management procedures at the school in light of the incident.|
In the case of an emergency, school staff may call Triple Zero “000” for an ambulance at any time.
This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways :
Further information and resources:
The Department’s Policy and Advisory Library (PAL):
Our School policies and documents:
Other medical forms are available on our Forms page.
The school council will evaluate this policy as part of the three-year cycle of policy reviews.
|This policy was endorsed by Principal||September 2021|
|This policy was last noted by School Council in:||September 2021|