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The Department of Education provides a nursing service to state schools to support reasonable adjustments for students with specialised health needs so they can attend and engage in education.  Nursing services may include support with risk assessment, development of individual (daily routine) and/or emergency school health plans, provision of training in managing student health needs and performing health procedures, supervision and ongoing support (including refresher training) as required. 

State school nursing service is a regional service and registered nurses, Helen Higgins and Ainsley Robbins have an office here at Mt Ommaney Special School.  They support the students at Mt Ommaney Special School as well as other students in schools within the metropolitan region.  They are available to work collaboratively with students, their families, school staff and the treating health team, to minimise the impacts of the student’s health needs on learning.
The service is accessed by using the Student referral –Request for nursing services form.  It is the principal’s decision, after consultation with the parent/s, to determine if a referral for nursing services is required.  Parents should contact the principal if they have an interest in using the service for their child. 
Eligibility for referral includes students who require a specific health procedure or intervention during school hours or where the student’s health condition is not easily managed without nursing support. 
Examples of health conditions commonly supported by the State Schools Nursing Service include (but are not limited to):
  • management of artificial feeding and feeding devices (eg. gastrostomy, jejunostomy and nasogastric tubes)
  • management of urinary catheterisation (e.g. urethral, Mitrofanoff or urostomy)
  • maintaining a clear airway (e.g. tracheostomy care, oral suctioning)
  • management of oxygen therapy
  • management of stoma bag/device (e.g. colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy)
  • management of diabetes (e.g. blood glucose monitoring, insulin administration)
  • epilepsy and seizure management (e.g. Midazolam and vagus nerve stimulator use)
  • Epipen administration for anaphylaxis (practical use of an auto-injector)
  • Asthma management (emergency reliever medication).
 
For more information please contact the school.