Education and care staff cannot administer medications that are taken by other means. These include drugs that need to be injected into the needle. Ask the school for these drugs. You need special planning and sometimes help from a nurse. An exception are emergency medications that your child may need immediate access to. For example, an asthmatic puffer fish to relieve asthma. Your child can keep this with you or you can ask an employee to look after them. The administration of such drugs is part of the division`s legal obligation to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of students during the school cycle. If your child is taking medication at school, make sure it is in the original pharmacy container, including the label. This will help employees identify them. When a doctor has prescribed medications that must be administered during the school day, parents/guardians: schools generally do not administer medications that have not been requested for the specific condition of a single student. In some cases, the doctor cannot write a prescription for these drugs because it may be available “on the counter.” NSW Health advises that “over-the-counter” medications may still be harmful and that schools should follow the same procedures for non-prescribed medications as for prescribed medications. If a student needs to take medication during school or in the school camp, you should inform the school.
You can inform them by encouraging your doctor to fill out a form for the medication agreement. Students cannot take medication at school or camp without a medication agreement form. Schools do not provide or administer medication in an emergency unless they have been provided by parents as part of an individual health plan for a particular student. Educational and health care staff can help with the admission of medicines: schools store medicines safely at school or at the campsite. Staff only help with medications that cannot be taken before or after school. For example, some medications should be taken three times a day – you can give it even at breakfast, after school and at the end of the day. Students should not take the first dose of a new medication at school.