School health plans help teachers and carers know what to do for your child. It is important that parents or carers advise school of a medical conditional and of all requirements for management.
If your school has requested a school health plan, visit your school or childcare website and learn about their procedures for medical management as well as speak with staff. Medical forms may be needed at the time of enrolment and updated if any changes are made to that plan during the year. As well as giving the health plan, take the time to talk to those that may help your child if needed, and see where the equipment will be kept (if required).
If you are needing the creation of a treatment and management plan, your GP is the first place to start.
If you are needing help in relation to autism for example, meet with your GP and they can help refer you to a suitable paediatrician who can create the treatment and management plan.
For asthma, it is called an asthma plan. Keep your child’s asthma spacer, medication and asthma plan together. Put the equipment in a container to keep it clean and clearly mark the container so it can be located when needed for your child. Asthma plans come in different formats, a copy of the Bello Alito asthma plan is available at any time to download. Ask your doctor for a plan that suits your needs. Visit the school office from time to time, to check all equipment is clean and medication is available. Although school staff will most likely do this, it doesn’t hurt to double check.
An important thing to do is to communicate regularly with the teachers and carers. Get to know each other and understand your child’s needs, share with the teachers and carers information such as good days and not so good days. Help each other and keep communication happening on a regular basis.
Education is essential so that teachers and carers understand your child’s needs and what to do from day to day as well as in an emergency.
I’ve included some links below to Australian education departments and organisations. You don’t have to manage solo, when you can work as a team with teachers, carers and the family doctor to provide the best support for your child.
Asthma Australia – Asthma Australia offer free training for school staff with their Asthma Friendly Schools program . First Aid posters, asthma care plans for schools, asthma first aid flowchart and other important resources are available from their site. Whilst on their site, register for their Asthma Assist program, it is also a free service for individuals, parents and carers.
Diabetes Australia – School information
Autism Qld – They can also arrange for a school visit.
QLD Department of Education
NT Depart of Education
VIC Department of Education
WA Department of Education
ACT Department of Education
NSW Department of Education
SA Department of Education – Health Care forms
TAS Department of Education
CareMonkey – Digital plans
BelloAlito – Asthma organisation kits.