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Departmental guidelines for student health support planning for Learners1
The document Health support planning in education and children’s services (as updated with web references, 2006) details the scope and limits of responsibility for education and children’s services staff in relation to health support planning for learners with physical and mental health care needs. These guidelines are available on http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/publicationsGuidelines/. Copies can be purchased from the child health and education support services (chess) Information Services ph 81617262, email info@chess.sa.edu.au. An information pamphlet on health support planning in education and care for families can be accessed on http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/infoFamilies/. The guidelines highlight duty of care and occupational health and safety obligations and outline safe and consistent procedures for health support planning to ensure services are not discriminatory to students with health care needs. These procedures encompass:  first aid  control and prevention of the spread of infection and infestation  supervision for health-related safety  personal care. The guidelines emphasise that the health of children is a parental responsibility and that complex and invasive care should be referred to health services. They direct principals and directors to regional support services for advice when planning and risk managing individual learner health support. Principals and directors should ensure they have worksite procedures that identify how they will enact the responsibilities outlined in the Health support planning guidelines, and that staff have the information and training they need to safely enact these procedures. First Aid The Health support planning guidelines summarise roles and responsibilities for sites in the provision of first aid. First aid in education and children’s services (DETE 2001, updated with web references, 2007) details practical information taught in basic first aid courses and information required by sites to meet their first aid
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This information was extracted from Section 3 Paragraph 77 of the Administrative Instructions & Guidelines and modified in July 2009

-2obligations to learners. These first aid guidelines are available on http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/publicationsGuidelines/. Copies can be purchased from the child health and education support services (chess) Information Service ph 81617262, email info@chess.sa.edu.au. Principals and directors should ensure that all learners can access first aid support. Information about first aid training for staff can be accessed at http://www.chess.sa.edu.au/Training/Trai_Home.htm. Prevention and control of transmission of infection The Public and Environmental Health Act (1986) and Regulations and Amendments under that Act, describe public health obligations. The Health support planning guidelines outline the responsibilities of schools and preschools in relation to provision of standard and additional precautions. These are further described in the South Australian Department of Health publication (2006) You've got what? distributed to all schools in 2006 and available from Department of Health website: www.dh.sa.gov.au/pehs. You’ve got what? includes recommended periods for learners and others with a diagnosed infectious disease to stay away from the worksite for the safety of others. Information sessions on infection control can be requested on line at http://www.chess.sa.edu.au/Training/Trai_Home.htm. Prevention and control of transmission of infestation Infestation management procedures for schools and preschools are described in the Health support planning guidelines. Additional practical strategies can be accessed at http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/preventcontrol/. In the event that headlice or other public health pests are persistently detected in a group of learners, the principal, director or delegate can seek assistance from the environmental health officer at the local council. Telephone advice is available from the Children Youth and Women’s Health Service Parent Helpline (ph 1300 364 100). Routine supervision for safety Steps for planning health support for students with individual needs are detailed in the Health support planning guidelines and on http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/infoEducation/. These guidelines encompass planning and record keeping, medication management, facilities and equipment issues and curriculum accommodations for students with health care needs. Information and training sessions in health support planning can be accessed via http://www.chess.sa.edu.au/Training/Trai_Home.htm. Personal care support Roles and responsibilities in relation to the provision of personal care support are described in the Health support planning guidelines and in the Personal care support planning guidelines (updated with web references, 2007). These personal care

-3guidelines can be accessed on http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/publicationsGuidelines/. Copies can be purchased from the child health and education support services (chess) Information Service ph 81617262, email info@chess.sa.edu.au. Information and training sessions in personal care support planning can be accessed via http://www.chess.sa.edu.au/Training/Trai_Home.htm. Complex and invasive health support Principals and directors should ensure that departmental workers do not attempt to provide complex and invasive health support. The Children Youth and Women’s Health Service statewide Access Assistant Program provides a medical consultancy to sites and employs trained health support officers to undertake complex and invasive procedures in schools and preschools. This service will also determine where a student’s health is such that a registered nurse is required to provide care at the worksite. Sites can make a referral to the Access Assistant Program through their Manager, Regional Support Services. Some students require health support procedures that are in addition to those routinely taught in basic first aid training and departmental health support planning training. The training that is available from accredited first aid training agencies and listed on the chess website is a helpful guide to what first aid could reasonably be expected from school and preschool staff. For example, if a first aid course is routinely available (for example emergency use of oxygen) then this is a first aid procedure which staff can be trained to undertake. If a first aid course is not available (for example rectal administration of medication for seizure management) then staff and families can reasonably assume this is not a procedure that can be managed by a person trained only in first aid. In these situations, the principal or director should contact regional support services to determine whether a referral to the Access Assistant Program is required http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/accessAssistantProgram/. Some students have a not-for-resuscitation order (also known as a resuscitation plan or palliative care order) as part of their palliative care plan to manage a deteriorating and life-threatening condition. Principals or directors who are advised that a child has a palliative care order should advise their regional director, in confidence, and seek advice via local support services about their legal obligations in supporting the child. School and preschool staff supporting a child with a not-for-resuscitation order should still provide first aid to the individual. The first aid response which workers will provide, either cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or rescue breaths, should be agreed and documented with the family and relevant health professional before any such situation arises. Emergency/medical personnel – not DECS personnel - will then make the assessment about whether the situation is one where the order should be applied. Additional information regarding resuscitation plans http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/health/infoInvasive/. is available on


								
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