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CASE STUDY Ella, QDTP, Physical

Year level
Educational setting
Mainstream school

Level of adjustment
Category of disability
Included in data collection

Ella's story

Ella is a Year 1 student attending a mainstream school. Ella was diagnosed at 4 years old with anaphylaxis to peanuts and shellfish. In collaboration with the Deputy Principal, Ella’s parents have completed the student healthcare risk management plan and provided the school with an auto-injector and a signed anaphylaxis management plan from their general practitioner. Staff have been informed of Ella’s medical needs and her management plans and Ella is actively monitored by the staff during break times, cooking activities and excursions, to ensure she is not sharing food.

The school has a general policy about not sharing food and Ella’s parents state that she is aware of her allergies and is generally wary of trying new foods.

To manage Ella’s risk on a daily basis, the school has:

  • ensured Ella’s anaphylaxis management plan is on the staffroom wall and in the duty file
  • ensured teachers, including relief teachers, are aware that it is a school rule that children are not to share food and that they actively monitor the students in relation to this during break times
  • stored Ella’s auto-injector in a medical cabinet as is known to all staff
  • informed all of Ella’s teachers of her allergy and identified the need to take this into consideration when planning any activity involving food
  • incorporated anaphylaxis management into their excursion planning policy, including that anaphylaxis management plans and medications are always taken on excursions.

Ella’s student healthcare risk management plan and medication are reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

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, Ella has a presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease or illness.
  • Do you have evidence? Yes

    • Current anaphylaxis management plan from her GP
    • Meeting notes with student and parents
    • Notes of conversations between deputy principal and parent(s)
    • Student healthcare risk management plan
  • Step 2. What is the level of adjustment? QDTP

    • Ella’s needs are closely monitored and reviewed
    • Incorporation of anaphylaxis management into the school’s excursion planning policy
    • Ensuring Ella’s auto-injection device is stored safely and is accessible to all staff
    • Information provided to all staff of Ella’s medical needs and her management plans and that food that can place Ella at risk
  • Step 3. What is the category of disability? Physical

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

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