Student Medication Update

Dear Families

We would like to just give you a quick update on the schools processes in relation to student medication.

If your child requires any medication to be administered whilst at school, the following is required:

  • Relevant Action Plan (where applicable e.g Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Allergies).
  • Required Medication – all medications must be correctly labelled by a pharmacist with student’s name, medication name and dosage. These medications must also be supported by a Medication Agreement completed by either your doctor or pharmacist (Please Note: Controlled Drugs need to have Medication Agreement completed by a Doctor).  All medication must be within the expiration date.

The school will provide medication bags in which your child’s medication will be stored in the First Aid Room.  All bags are clearly labelled with the child’s details, medication details and a photo of the child. All controlled drugs are stored safely in a locked cabinet.

If your child requires medication in tablet form that needs to be halved, we would please ask parents to provide a tablet cutter.  These are readily available from pharmacies.

“As Required” Medication

  • As per Departmental Guidelines, we are unable to administer any Medication that is specified “As Required” (e.g Panadol, Antihistamine) unless it is part of an Action Plan completed by your child’s doctor.

Camps & Excursions

  • If your child does not have medication kept at school but requires medication to be administered by a staff member whilst on camp or an excursion, a Medication Agreement will need to be completed.  This includes “As Required” medication such as Panadol or antihistamines for hayfever/allergies.

Self Administration Of Medication

  • Parents also have the option of completing a form (Decision Making Tool for Medication Administration) to allow their children to administer their own medication whilst at school or on camp/excursion.
  • There is an Assessment section of the form that will be completed by the child’s teacher to confirm that they feel the child is comfortable and competent in administering their own        medication.
  • Both the parent/caregiver, the child and the child’s teacher must then sign the Acknowledgement and Endorsement section of the form.

Medication Expiration

  • Children whose medication is due to expire within the next 3 months will be sent home with a letter advising parents that medication needs to be replaced prior to the expiration date.
  • We would ask that new medication (and Action Plan if required) are provided promptly and that any remaining medication is collected.  If medication is not collected, it will be taken to a pharmacist for disposal.

Please note that all forms, including Action Plans, are available from the front office upon request.

If your child no longer requires medication at school, please advise us as soon as possible so that we can update our records and return any unused medication.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information or clarification.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.

Front Office Admin.