Where possible we encourage students to take medicines when at home. This enables parents to keep a close eye on any reactions and to get access to further medical support if necessary.
We appreciate there are times when medication is required to be kept at school for emergencies and also times when medication such as antibiotics are required during the school day.
School staff are unable to administer regular medications unless accompanied by a medication authority. In emergency instances parents can provide school staff with a 24 hour authority to administer medication whilst a visit to the Doctor is organised to get the medication authority completed. Authorities are still required for over the counter medications.
In some instances students can self administer medication such as inhalers for asthma. However, this still requires an authority from the Doctor.
At Mount Barker Primary School we do not keep more than 5 days worth of medication on site and we send all emergency medication (such as Epipens) home with students at weekends. It is the responsibility of students/families to ensure that the medication is returned to us on a Monday morning. Once a life threatening condition has been declared to the school, we are unable to have a student on site without the appropriate medication and plans.
Should you have any queries regarding the administration of medication at school please contact the Administration Office.
The most frequently used medication authority forms are available on this page for download.