Health

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Allergy Aware

South Padbury PS has introduced an Allergy Aware Policy. This policy recognises the need to adopt a range of procedures and risk minimisation strategies to reduce the risk of a child having an anaphylactic reaction, including strategies to minimise the presence of the allergen in their immediate environment (Anaphylaxis Management Guidelines for Western Australian Schools, Government of Western Australia, 2009). This replaces the previous approach of banning items that potentially contained the allergen, acknowledging that this is not sustainable or practical in an open environment such as a public primary school.

Health Care Authorisation

On enrolment of your child, you will have the opportunity to complete a Health Care Authorisation form. This form covers a variety of medical issues that can be experienced in a school. If your child has any health issues or if medication is required to be kept or administered by staff, it must be noted on the Health Care form. On an annual basis you will be required to update the Health Care Authorisation form. It is imperative that we are kept informed of all medical conditions of all our students for their own safety.

Medication

We are not permitted by our regulations to dispense medication to children without parental permission. Therefore, the school does not carry supplies of paracetamol or similar.

If it is necessary for the school to dispense medicine, a Health Care Authorisation form must be obtained from the office, completed by a Doctor (if prescription) and returned to the office.

All children have a health record which is sent on to the new school if a child transfers.

Community Health Care Nurse

From time to time the Community Health Nurse carries out checks and examinations of children.

Kindergarten: Health Assessment of Vision and Hearing.

The Community Nurse, who is shared with other schools, visits on a needs basis. The nurse works in the area of health promotion, including vision and hearing checks to locate any possible problems with pupils physical, emotional and mental development. The school health record completed by parents provides permission for health checks to be undertaken.

Sickness

We do not have the facilities for diagnosing or treating children as our primary task is education.

Parents are asked not to send children who are obviously unwell to school, as we are forced to then contact parents to have the child picked up, or in extreme cases, where parents can’t be contacted, contacting medical authorities to deal with the matter.

Immunisation

Please check that your child’s immunisation is up to date. The immunisation schedule can change. A copy is available on the Department of Health website.

Parents of children in Pre-Primary are encouraged to take their child to either their doctor or one of the community based clinics to have their vaccinations.

When a child is enrolled at a new school, parents are required by The School Education Act (1999) to present their child’s immunisation records – ACIR history statement. You can request this at any time by: Telephoning ACIR on 1800 653 809, visiting a Medicare branch or emailing acir@humanservices.gov.au. The website address for Department of Human Services Online Services is www.humanservices.gov.au

Communicable and Infectious Diseases

The Communicable Disease Guidelines are updated and a copy is available at the school or on the Department of Health website.

Should a child be identified as suffering one of the diseases listed, the school will follow the Health Department recommendations and the child, if necessary, will not be allowed to attend school until cleared.

Some illnesses to look out for; (this list is not conclusive, a complete list is available in the Communicable Disease Guidelines booklet)

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Ringworm
  • Worms
  • School Sores (Impetigo)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Herpes Simples (Cold Sores)
  • Chickenpox
  • Head Lice, Scabies, Trachoma and Rubella
  • Whooping Cough
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Hand, Food and Mouth disease

Dental Therapy Unit

A dentistry clinic operates at Padbury Primary School. The purpose is to provide a continuous preventative dental service for each enrolled child from Pre-Primary to Year 11. This is a free service.

Hours of Operation – (Dental Therapy Unit)

MONDAY – FRIDAY

8.00am – 12:30pm

1.00pm – 4.00pm

If there are any enquiries the Therapy Centre can be contacted on 9401 7285. Email padburydtc@dental.health.wa.gov.au.

Appointments are sent via South Padbury Primary School after consent forms have been completed and it is then the parent’s responsibility to take the child to the Centre. Children are not permitted to walk or ride to the Centre on their own during school hours.

Please remember to sign your child/ren out through the Office for their appointments.

Student Services (School Psychologist)

Counselling services are available to the school. Children may be referred by the school and case conferences involving the school psychologist, parent, teacher and administrator may be organised.