Health and First Aid
Staffed by qualified and experienced registered nurse
Rowville Secondary College’s Health & First Aid Office is staffed by both a registered nurse and qualified first aid officers and is provided by the school during school hours. Any illness or injury can be attended to during this time.
Stephanie Sear is a registered nurse employed at Rowville Secondary College. Her role is to provide first-aid and nursing care to the students who have medical problems or who are injured whilst at school. This position involves collaboration with other College staff to develop and implement health and injury guidelines for the College. The nurse is also responsible for providing health promotion to staff and students, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
Health Office Procedures
If your child is unwell before school, it is best for them to stay at home. Please call the school attendance line, East Campus 9755 4515, West Campus 9755 4525 or record the absense in compass.
However, should they become ill or injured at school they will be attended to by the Health Office. Parents/guardians/carers or emergency contact person will be notified to arrange transport home should it be deemed necessary. To ensure this happens promptly, please make sure all contact details are up-to-date, any changes can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are NOT PERMITTED to RING or TEXT their parents/guardians themselves OR leave the school without permission. If they are unwell, they are to attend the Health Office to be assessed by the nurse/first aid officers.
If your child requires regular medication to be administered during school hours, parents/guardians need to send the medication to school, clearly labelled and it will be stored in the Health Office & made available for use by your child. Please note: this includes pain relief medication (such as Paracetamol & Ibuprofen). It is a Department of Education policy that a Medication Authority Form is completed and signed by parents before any medication can be dispensed, including Paracetamol. (excludes insulin, Ventolin & anaphylaxis medication.
Please ensure your child’s medical records are up-to-date. Some complex medical conditions require a School Care Plan and an Emergency Action Plan.
It is a requirement that specific medical conditions such as anaphylaxis, diabetes, epilepsy and seizures, all have individual school management plans. These plans may be uploaded in colour, completed and returned to the College Health Office. Other medical conditions may require a plan that is written by the child’s specialist doctor.
A Diabetes Management & Action Plan are required for all students diagnosed with diabetes. These need to be completed in conjunction with the child’s general practitioner/diabetes education specialist.
It is also a requirement that a small ‘hypo kit’ be supplied for managing diabetic emergencies for each child. Contents could include a small drink, jelly beans (or similar), a small tube of glucose gel, in-date glucagon, spare needles and testing strips as required.
Each student who is at risk of anaphylaxis is required to have a management plan that has been developed in consultation with the parents/guardians/carers and their medical practitioner. Prevention strategies for each student at risk of anaphylaxis must be developed for both in school and out of school settings.
Each of these students are required to provide an in date EpiPen and any oral medications prescribed by the child’s general practitioner.
For events such as excursions & camps, an EpiPen must be supplied from home.
First aid medical supplies are only issued for injuries/incidents that occur at school. Sports strapping or ongoing dressings for previous injuries will not be supplied. Students are required to bring these items from home