MEDICATION IN TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
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: www.education.tas.gov.au
- 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 www.education.tas.gov.au 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.
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