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Student Health Care in Public Schools Policy


1. Policy statement

The Department of Education promotes student health, supports student health care needs, and identifies and minimises health risks within the context of the schools’ resources, and the assistance available from specialist services.

2. Policy rules

Principals will, in accordance with the Student Health Care in Public Schools Procedures:

  • obtain information from parents about their child’s health care needs;
  • respond to the health care needs of students;
  • develop plans for medical emergencies; and
  • develop and implement school procedures and practices to manage specific health issues.

3. Responsibility for Implementation and Compliance

Principals are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Compliance monitoring is the responsibility of line managers.

4. Scope

This policy applies to all principals in public schools.

6. Definitions

Specifies the support required to cater for a student’s health care needs while in the care of the school.  If required, health care plans incorporate an emergency response plan.

Students under 18 years of age, living independently whom the principal determines to be an independent minor (under Regulation 147 of the School Education Regulations 2000), may sign their own consent forms.

In relation to a child, means a person who at law has responsibility for the long-term care, welfare and development of the child; or the day-to-day care, welfare and development of the child.

Provides an overview of a student's health needs/conditions, planning requirements and emergency contact details.

Persons appointed by the Director General pursuant to section 236(2) of the School Education Act 1999 and consisting of the following classes:

7. Related documents

8. Contact information

Policy manager:

Student Support Services

T: (08) 9402 6100                                               

Policy contact officer:

Principal Consultant, Student Wellbeing

T: (08) 9402 6133

9. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
1 January 2015 3.0
Major review undertaken, Student Health Care Policy and Procedures endorsed by Director General on 19 September 2014.
1 January 2015 22 February 2016 3.1
Updated contact information D16/0154847
1 January 2015 11 August 2016 3.2
Updated broken links D17/0329162
1 January 2015 3 August 2017 3.3
Updated broken links D17/0329162
1 January 2015 21 February 2018 3.4
Updated contact information D18/0075906
1 January 2015 29 August 2018 3.5
Minor changes to include reference to Public Schools D18/0151652 and updated legislation links D18/0207680.
1 January 2015 9 February 2021 3.6
Minor changes to Broken Links, Titles of Forms, Legislation Titles and Contact Details.D21/0062242

10. More information

Policy review date

1 January 2018

Policy last updated

9 February 2021