Medication Policy

Date: October 2017

 

DEFINITION:

 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.

Rationale:

All medications including prescription and non-prescription medication must be stored, handled and administered correctly. This policy outlines the processes and protocols to be followed by all staff members in relation to the storage and administration of medication.

 

Aims:

  • To ensure that teachers abide by their duty of care by assisting students to take their medication where appropriate.
  • To ensure that all medication being administered is accompanied by written advice providing directions for appropriate storage and administration.
  • To protect student privacy and confidentiality to avoid stigmatization
  • Where possible to encourage parents/guardians to consider whether they can administer medication outside the school day, such as before, after school, and before bed.

 

 

Implementation:

  • All medication to be administered must be accompanied by written advice providing directions for appropriate storage and administration.
  • All medication to be administered must be in the original bottle or container clearly labelled with the name of the student, dosage and time to be administered.
  • The medication must be within its expiry date.
  • The medication must be stored according to the product instructions, particularly in relation to temperature.
  • Written advice on a Medication Authority Form must be obtained for all medication to be administered.
  • The principal’s nominee must ensure that the correct student receives their correct medication in the proper dose via the correct method, such as inhaled or orally, at the correct time of day.
  • A log must be kept of the medicine administered.
  • Two staff members should be present when medication is administered; one to administer the medication, the other to supervise and check the information noted in the medication log.
  • For information on specialized medical procedures, see the Complex Medical Care Support Policy.
  • Medication can only be stored for the period specified in the written instructions received.
  • The quantity of medication provided should not exceed a week’s supply, except in long-term continuous care arrangements.
  • Medication must be stored securely to minimize risk to others and in a place that is only accessible by staff who are responsible for administering the medication.
  • When a student has taken medicine incorrectly, follow the first aid procedures outlined in the Student Health Support plan or Anaphylaxis Management Plan or ring the Poisons Information Line 13 11 26 and give details of the incident and student.

 

 

Resources:

 

·         Medication Administration Log

·         Medication Authority Form

 

References:

 

Asthma Foundation - Resources for Schools and Children's Services

 

Evaluation:

  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three year cycle or as new guidelines are released.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ratified School Council:     October, 2017

Review date:                         October, 2020