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CASE STUDY Catherine, QDTP, Physical

Year level
Educational setting
Mainstream school

Level of adjustment
Category of disability
Included in data collection

Catherine's story

Catherine is a Year 4 student at a small remote primary school. Catherine has been diagnosed with anaphylaxis in relation to all nut and dairy products.

She has had one anaphylactic episode while at home in the last 12 months, which required her to be transported to hospital overnight after her parents administered adrenalin via an auto-injector.

During Catherine’s enrolment, her school called a case conference attended by her parents, who provided a healthcare plan from her GP. Catherine’s teacher spoke to the GP by telephone to confirm the details of the healthcare plan. During the initial case conference with the Principal, Catherine’s classroom teacher and her parents, it was agreed that all staff would participate in 6-monthly training, with all new staff trained within 6 weeks of arrival, and an annual review of the healthcare plan ensuring all contact numbers and details are up to date. It was also agreed that the school would take part in annual drills implementing the emergency response plan. Catherine’s parents committed to providing the school with medical updates as soon as was reasonably possible if her condition changed. They would also provide two new auto-injectors every 6 months.

During the class health lessons, Catherine’s teacher has talked about what anaphylaxis is and what it means for Catherine. Her mother has also come to the health lessons and talked about the alternative foods that Catherine eats and what things she needs to do to avoid a reaction.

Catherine has attended the school for two years without the emergency response plan being activated; however, the ongoing adjustments and resources in terms of training and planning continue to take place.

Information that supports inclusion in the NCCD What's this?

  • Step 1. Is there an adjustment to address disability? Yes

    • Yes, adjustments are provided to enable a student with disability to access education on the same basis as other students.
    • As defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Catherine has a presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease or illness.
  • Do you have evidence? Yes

    • Current healthcare plan from her GP
    • Notes of conversations between teacher/s and parents and teacher/s and Catherine’s doctor
    • Health plan provided by medical specialist that is reviewed regularly
    • Staff training calendars
  • Step 2. What is the level of adjustment? QDTP

    • Training for all staff on a 6-monthly basis (and within 6 weeks of commencing for new staff)
    • Catherine requires ongoing monitoring and her healthcare plan is reviewed annually
    • School participation in annual drills implementing the emergency response plan
    • Acquisition of two new auto-injectors every 6 months
    • Information provided to students on anaphylaxis, the risk for Catherine, and food that she eats and other measures she takes to avoid a reaction
  • Step 3. What is the category of disability? Physical

    • Catherine has a physical disability in the form of anaphalaxis.
  • Step 4. Record and submit the data Yes (Student is included)

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