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Cancer health support for children and young people

Information on how education and care services provide proactive and reactive management for children and young people with cancer. 

Health support for cancer

The cancer in education and care procedure (under development) will describe how education and care services manage children and young people with cancer.

Many children will attend education and care services during treatment for cancer.  Special attention must be paid to the continuity of their care and education. 

Care plans

An oncology care plan HSP350 (DOCX 218KB) is completed by a health professional in consultation with parents or legal guardians for children diagnosed with cancer that require support in education and care services.

Intravenous care instructions HSP351 (DOC 590KB) should also be included to support staff and provide first aid strategies for children and young people with an IV.

Health support agreement

Where a child or young person has cancer a health support agreement HSP120 (DOC 243KB) and safety and risk management plan HSP121 (DOC 147KB) should be completed.  These are completed by the parent and education or care service to document specific risk minimisation strategies, individualised management and treatment for the child in the context of the education or care service. 

The guide to planning health support – HSP125 can assist in the development of the health support agreement by prompting through a series of questions and considerations. 

The Health Support Agreement should clearly identify cultural, spiritual and language needs.

Medication agreement

Where medication is prescribed and required to be administered during attendance in an education or care service a medication agreement HSP151 (DOC 142) must be completed by a health professional. 

Refer to medication management for further information.

First aid

All education and care staff are required to provide first aid measures following any care plan or support agreement and contacting emergency services if required.

Individual first aid plan

An individual first aid plan HSP124 (DOC 167KB) is completed by the health professional where the first aid response is NOT the standard first aid response for that health condition.

Training and education

Education and care services must have at least one designated first aider trained in HLTAID004 Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting in attendance at all times who is immediately available to administer first aid and emergency response medication.

Camp Quality have a primary school education program, featuring the Camp Quality puppets, helping to answer all the difficult questions children have about cancer, dispelling common myths and teaching children how to be supportive and understanding of those impacted by cancer, which prevents bullying and exclusion. Camp Quality have also developed a suite of educational resources for children and teachers to supplement the program and its messages. To book complete the booking request form and the primary school coordinator in your area will contact you as soon as they can. Or call Camp Quality on 1300 662 267 for more information.

EDMed Professional Development provides training for education and care services to support children with a diverse range of illnesses and develop strategies for a smooth transition and integration back to school. To request a free face-to-face EDMed professional development session complete the online EDMed enquiry form.

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program is a national program helping children with serious illness catch up on their missed education following hospital stays and absences from education services.  For more information on the learning program complete the online request form.

The Cancer Council have developed a Cancer in the School Community guide to provide information for education and care services to support children and their families affected by cancer.


Care plans

Health support agreement

First aid 

Planning and management tools


Disability and Complex Needs Team

Phone: 8226 0515
Email: education.health [at] sa.gov.au