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 Student Health

St Stephen's takes your child's health seriously and responsibly. The school keeps a health profile on all students enrolled at the school and has its own policies and procedures for protecting your child's health while attending school. Details are listed below:

Focus areas:

Student health profile Medication at school Accidents and illness
Dental clinic School Nurse Recommended Exclusion Periods for Infectious Conditions
Swine Flu

Student health profile

Information regarding your child’s health, which is provided at the time of enrolment, should be kept up-to-date. Please advise the office of any changes.

Accidents and illness

Should your child suffer from an accident or a sudden illness at school, office staff members will attempt to contact you by telephone. (Parents should advise the school of any changes to contact telephone numbers so that the school’s records are up-to-date and contact can be made in an emergency.)

The school will call an ambulance for medical emergencies.

Medication at school

The school will not administer medication to children without:

1. Written instructions specifying:

  • the name of the medication
  • the dosage
  • the times the medication should be administered
  • the method of administration of the medication, as prescribed by a doctor or other legally qualified medical practitioner.

2. A signed Student Medication Request Form.

Staff will not administer non-prescribed medications e.g. analgesics or headache tablets.

Dental clinic

Parents may choose to arrange for their child to utilize the free dental service offered through the Queensland State Government. A dental van will visit the school every second year to provide this service. Emergency dental treatment is also available by contacting the dental van directly on 0418 885 194.

School Nurse

A nurse from the Queensland Department of Health regularly visits the school to make a physical assessment of children in Year 1 and any other children who have been identified as being in need of assessment.

Reducing the Spread of Infections

Infections with or without illness, are common in children. When children attend school they are exposed to a large number of children, increasing the opportunity for the spread of infectious diseases. It is not possible to prevent the spread of all infections and illnesses within schools, however a lot of illnesses from infectious disease can be prevented.

Please refer to the Recommended Exclusion Periods for Infectious Conditions produced by the Australian Government's National Health & Medical Research Council.

Swine Flu

Any students displaying flu-like symptoms should visit a doctor and, if necessary, be tested for the swine flu virus. They should stay away from school until they are well. Further details are available on the websites: www.health.qld.gov.au/swineflu and www.deta.qld.gov.au