Amberley O.S.H.C.

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4.6 Medication

In the interests of health and wellbeing of the children, Amberley OSHC will only permit medicine to be given to a child if a medical practitioner prescribes the medicine, and/or it is in its original packaging with a chemist label attached. The chemist label must state the child’s name and dose of medication required.

Amberley OSHC recognises and acknowledges the skill and competence of children in working collaboratively with families to enable children to self-administer medications, with prior parent authority.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 2.1.1, 2.1.4; 2.3.3; 4.2.1; 6.1.1; 6.2.1; 6.3.2; 7.1.2; 7.3.1, 7.3.2; 7.3.3, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 4.1 – General Health and Safety, 4.10 – Anaphylaxis Management, 4.11 – Emergency Health and Medical Procedure Management, 4.15 – Asthma, 9.2 – Enrolment, 10.8 – Information Handling (Privacy and Confidentiality).

Procedures

See procedures under Policy 4.1 – General Health and Safety, regarding obligations for parents to advise Amberley OSHC of particular health needs, including medication, for their children.

Parents will be requested, through the Family Handbook (see Policy 9.3 – Communication with Families) and initial enrolment procedures (see Policy 9.2 – Enrolment and Orientation), to respect this Medication Policy and, wherever possible, to administer any prescribed medication to their child before or after attending Amberley OSHC, rather than requesting Amberley OSHC to do so, unless absolutely necessary.

Educators will only be permitted to administer medication to a child if it is:-

  • in its original package with a pharmacist’s label which clearly states the child’s name, dosage, frequency of administration, date of dispensing and expiry date; and
  • Accompanied by a Medication Authority form, completed by the parent/guardian.

All medication will be stored in a locked cupboard or similar storage receptacle.  Storage should prevent unsupervised access and damage to medicines eg. some may require refrigeration.

All administration of medication will be recorded in a medication administration register.

All medication will be administered by the Nominated/Certified Supervisor (or an educator nominated by the Nominated Supervisor who is duly qualified in first aid) and witnessed by another educator.

Administration of medication will be recorded in an administered medication record (see Annex d).  The Nominated/Certified Supervisor and educator witness must fill out and sign the register with the parent signing acknowledgement at the end of the day.

All unused medication will be returned to the parent on collection of the child.

Individual illness management plans will be developed if necessary in conjunction with the Nominated/Certified Supervisor or a qualified first aid educator, parent/guardian, child and other health/educational professionals if required.

Parents are required on enrolment to complete an Allergy Form and Asthma Plan if their child requires it which is then filed in the Medical Conditions/Allergies & Asthma folder which is easily accessible to all educators.

Individual illness management plans will be developed if necessary in conjunction with the Nominated Certified Supervisor or a qualified first aid educator, parent/guardian, child and other health/educational professionals if required.

Educators will wash hands, apply hand sanitiser and wear disposable gloves prior to administrating medication.

After administering medication, gloves will be removed and disposed of in the correct manner, hands washed and hand sanitiser applied.

Children Self-Administering Medication

In all instances of children self-administering medication, the relevant authority form will be completed by the parent/guardian, prior to the child administering the medication.

For children who require regular asthma medication, an Asthma Form will need to be completed by the parent/guardian to advise the Nominated/Certified Supervisor whether their child will be responsible for administering their own medication or will require supervision and full details of how, when (ie at what intervals) and by whom all such treatment is to be administered.

This information will be detailed in the child’s medical conditions management plan and the medical conditions risk minimisation plan if appropriate, and the location of the child’s medication for self-administration must also be noted and made available to educators.

Educators will supervise children who are self-administering medications and to promote consistency and ensure the welfare of all children using the service, educators will ensure each child follows all administration of medication, health and hygiene policies and procedures.

Should educators feel that the child is not able to successfully administer the medication then they reserve the right to administer it on behalf of the child.

The service will record all instances of supervised self-administration of medication as per the procedures articulated within this policy

For diabetes or other similar ongoing medications, parents will be required to advise the Nominated Supervisor  in writing whether their child will be responsible for administering their own medication or will require supervision and full details of how, when (ie at what intervals) and by whom all such treatment is to be administered.

What To Check For When Administering Medication

Before Opening the Medication

  • The expiration date
  • The correct dosage as displayed on the sticker
  • When it should be administered
  • If it should be taken with food or after food

After Opening the Medication But Before Administering

  • Any foreign colours
  • The dosage amount
  • Any foreign bodies

**Please Note**  The Education and Care National Regulations 2011 (part 4.2, 90 (2)) states that “The medical conditions policy of the education and care service must set out practices in relation to self-administration of medication by children over preschool age if Amberley OSHC permits that self-administration.”

Reviewed 16 March 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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