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Asthma

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

Health support for asthma

The asthma in education and care procedure (under development) will describe how education and care services manage asthma.

Care plans

The Department for Education supports the use of the Asthma Australia Asthma Care Plan for education and care services to provide instructions for the individual management of asthma. These are completed by a treating health professional. 

Health support agreement

A health support agreement HSP120 (DOC 243KB) and safety and risk management plan HSP121 (DOC 147KB) may be completed, however generally the Asthma Care Plan is all that is required to support children and young people with asthma in education and care.  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 Health Support Agreement should clearly identify cultural, spiritual and language needs.

Medication agreement

Where medication is prescribed for asthma and this is included on the Asthma Care Plan a medication agreement is NOT required.

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.

The Asthma Australia's document Asthma First Aid provides instructions for standard response to an asthma emergency. First aid instructions are clearly documented on the asthma care plan.

As a first aid response education and care staff can administer blue reliever medication to a child without an asthma care plan or medication agreement.  

Time is critical when a child is experiencing an asthma attack.  Staff should not hesitate to commence asthma first aid

In all cases where an undiagnosed child is administered asthma medication for the first time an ambulance must be called and the care for the child must be transferred to the ambulance officer.

Asthma emergency kit

Asthma Emergency Kits are funded and maintained by the education or care service for general use in an emergency and as a back up to reliever medication supplied by parents of children diagnosed with asthma. The contents of the Asthma Emergency Kits are not intended for general everyday use but for the management of an asthma emergency.

Asthma Emergency Kits must contain

  • at least 1 reliever inhaler (i.e Airomir®, Asmol®, Ventolin®)*
  • at least 2 single-person use spacer devices**
  • clear Asthma First Aid instructions, including how to use the medication and spacer devices and steps to be taken in treating an asthma attack
  • an Asthma Emergency Kit Log to track usage of the reliever medication
  • stickers to label spacers (and masks) 
  • if the Asthma Emergency Kit is for children under 5, it should also contain at least 2 single-person use face masks

Education and care services must provide and maintain at least two general use Asthma Emergency Kits; and the Department for Education recommends the purchase of an additional kit for every 300 students.

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.  This training includes asthma first aid.

The Asthma Australia free online training Asthma First Aid for Schools is recommended as a refresher and where education and care staff:

  • are in remote areas where face-to-face training is not accessible
  • are awaiting a face-to-face session booked in the future
  • missed a face-to-face session at their site
  • have newly enrolled students with asthma.

The Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) provide Asthma Awareness education. For training enquiries contact RNDS 
•    phone 1300 364 264
•    email bookings.disabilities [at] rdns.org.au

Resources 

Care plans

Asthma care plan for education and care services

Health support agreement

First aid 

Planning and management tools

Contact

Disability Policy and Programs

Phone: 8226 1769
Email: education.specialeducation [at] sa.gov.au