Did you know?

If your child requires medication while they are at school, you must meet with your child’s teacher and/or principal to ensure that the school staff are clearly advised on how to give your child their medicine.

Medication should only be prescribed during school hours when absolutely necessary.

Self-administration of some medication (eg ventolin, EpiPens and insulin) may be authorised by a parent and/or a doctor. In accordance with the poisons act, students under 13 should not be self-administering medication unless stated in the medical action and management plan.

You must tell the school and provide permission, for any non-prescribed (e.g. panadol) or prescribed medication taken by your child at school.

The school will ask you to…

  • Complete a written request to the school to administer the medication. You can download this form from the Department’s website at:
  • Provide signed authorisation from your medical practitioner/pharmacist or nurse giving specific instructions for the administration of the medication.
  • Transfer the medication safely to the school.
  • Provide the medication in the originally prescribed containers only.
  • Help prepare a Medical Action Plan and a Medical Management Plan for your child if ongoing medication is required.

How you can help

  • Ask your doctor to prescribe medication doses out of school hours where possible.
  • Ensure that regular scripts are filled on time and the school doesn’t run out of medication.
  • If you think your child may need prescription medications download the form from  and take it with you to the doctor’s appointment.

What your school will do

  • An official register for the administration of medication to students will be maintained by your school.
  • Schools must only accept prescribed medication provided in the dispensed, labelled container, or the original over-the-counter packaging for non-prescribed medication.
  • Two people must be present when any medication is administered.
  • All medication will be kept under lock and key, with the exception of EpiPens which may be kept in a first aid kit or in close proximity to a student for whom an EpiPen has been prescribed.  Ventolin inhalers may be carried by the student.
  • Training will be provided for all first aid qualified staff in schools, and additional training for staff where required for the administration of certain medication such as EpiPens.

Where can I get more information?

  • Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.

Medication in Tasmanian Government Schools – printable brochure

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