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Health support

Information on how education and care services provide proactive and reactive management for children and young people requiring health support. 

As this information is regularly reviewed and updated the Department for Education recommends accessing all forms and supporting documents from this page to ensure the most current information and forms are being used.  

Health support planning in education and care

The health support planning in education and care procedure (under development) will describe how education and care services support children and families to manage health support needs.

Health support agreement

Where a child or young person has a health care plan completed by a health professional a Health support agreement - HSP120 (DOC 132KB) must be completed. This includes a Safety and risk management plan - HSP121 (DOC 124KB) to document specific risk minimisation strategies, individualised management and treatment in the context of the education and care service.

A health support agreement can be started by the parent or education and care staff.  A meeting with the parents and education or care services should be scheduled to discuss and agree on strategies and management of the child or young person.

Where the safety and risk management plan has not addressed risk minimisation strategies for offsite activities an Offsite safety and risk management plan - HSP122 (PDF 136KB) may be developed.

The health support agreement should clearly identify any cultural, spiritual and language needs.

First aid

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

For information on standard first aid response for specific health conditions refer to physical health and personal care.

The department Work Health and Safety intranet page (staff login required) has further information on first aid training requirements for education and care staff. 

In some circumstances an Individual first aid plan - HSP124 (DOC 130KB) may be developed by the treating health professional where the first aid response is not the standard first aid response for that health condition.

Environmental exposure plan

An Environmental exposure plan - HSP123 (DOC 119KB) can be developed by the education or care service in consultation with the parent or legal guardian, to identify and document individualised management and treatment for a child or young person requiring nonstandard support based on environmental conditions. 

Incident management

All medical incidents and near miss medical events should be communicated to parents.

A Medication advice form - HSP157 (DOC 132KB) should be completed by the education or care service and forwarded to the parent when:
•    medication has not been administered
•    there has been a medication incident (ie missed does, incorrect does, incorrect medication)
•    post administration observations are required to be documented and communicated

All medical incidents that require medical treatment and all near miss medication administration incidents must be reported on the Incident and Response Management System (IRMS) (staff login required) within 24 hours of the event.

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.

The department Work Health and Safety intranet page (staff login required) has further information on first aid training requirements for education and care staff. 

For further information on training and education see health support training, or for training requirements for specific conditions refer to physical health, personal care and neurodiversity.

Health support planning folders

A health support planning folder may be developed for children and young people with complex or multiple health conditions.  The folder contains copies of all health care plans, management plans, first aid, medication agreements and other health support information.

The folder remains with the child or young person at all times to be accessed by all supporting staff during school, respire and out of school hours care. 

The Health support planning folder cover - HSP126 (DOC 127KB) and Health support planning folder guide - HSP127 (DOC 136KB) have been developed to ensure consistent use of the folder to allow easy access to the information.

Resources

Health support agreement

First aid

Incident management

Planning and management tools

Contact

Disability and complex needs team

Phone: 8226 3620
Email: education.health [at] sa.gov.au