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Injury and Illness Policy

This procedure provides guidelines for staff about dealing with the way injury and illness is to be treated at the College.

The College will act in the best interest of the child’s health at all times.

The College will ensure that there are staff who have Senior First Aid Training who may be called upon to treat injury and illness should the need arise.

The College recognizes the potential for any injury or illness to escalate in seriousness at any moment and that will require reassessment.

Exclusion

The Principal may require a student not to attend the College or be involved in the educational program on any day which the student or any other student at the College is suffering from a medical condition requiring exclusion.

Communicable Diseases

The College will ensure that an up-to-date copy of the Communicable diseases guidelines put out by the Department of Health is used as a guideline for dealing with Communicable diseases.

The College recognizes that there are incidental injuries which occur during normal life and these may occur during a student’s time at College. When a child needs treatment the staff will assess the level of care required.

LEVEL ONE

Includes:
  • This could include scratches, insect bites and nose bleeds. 
Treatment:
  • Injury or illness will be treated with appropriate first aid in line with current first aid practice. 
Records/Notifications:
  • A register containing, date, student name and action taken will be kept for all action taken by student services dealing with injury and illness. 
  • Parents will not be notified except in the following cases: 
    • For head injuries, parents will always be informed. 
    • For back injuries, parents will always be informed. 
    • For neck injuries, parents will always be informed. 

LEVEL TWO

Includes:
  • Any injury or illness that is more serious than Level One but does not need immediate attention outside the College. This could include: severe headaches or vomiting, 
Treatment:
  • Injury or illness will be treated with appropriate first aid in line with current first aid practice. 
  • If students are ill, parents will be asked to take students home as it is preferable for them to be resting at home rather than in the classroom or sick bay 
Records/Notifications:
  • Parents will be notified. 
Where there is medical attention required and the staff believes the injury may lead to legal, or other investigations an accident report form will be filled in by the witness/s and the record retained. These reports are available from the front office and should be given to the Business Manager who will in turn give them to the Occupational Health and Safety Committee for discussion and retention.

LEVEL THREE

Includes:
  • Any injury or illness that the staff believes needs medical attention outside of College. This could include, suspected broken bones, suspected internal injuries or severe burns. 
Treatment:
  • These will be initially treated with appropriate first aid in line with current first aid practice. 
  • In the case of any injury or illness for which it is deemed that urgent medical attention is needed, the College will call an ambulance to transport the student to the Hospital.
  • In all cases of asthma requiring medical treatment outside of the College an ambulance will be called to transport the student to the Hospital. 
  • If the parent cannot be contacted, staff will make a decision as to whether an ambulance should be called, or a staff member should take the student to the hospital. If an ambulance is called and parents are unable to be contacted, a staff member will accompany the student to the hospital. 
  • If the parents are able to be contacted the parents will either 
    • Come and collect the child 
    • Allow the College to call an ambulance 
    • Give consent for a staff member to transport the student to the hospital 
Records/Notifications:
  • Parent’s will always be notified. 
  • Accident Report Form/s will be filled in.