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CASE STUDY Gemma, QDTP, Physical

Year level
Educational setting
Mainstream school

Level of adjustment
Category of disability
Included in data collection

Gemma's story

Gemma, a Year 4 student, was diagnosed with anaphylaxis in relation to all nut and dairy products when in kindergarten.

In the past 12 months, Gemma has only had one anaphylactic reaction while at home, resulting in adrenalin being administered by her parents and an ambulance being called to transport her to hospital. No incidents of anaphylactic reaction have occurred at school.

When initially enrolled at the school, her parents informed the Principal about her health needs. As a result, the Principal scheduled a Student Support Group (SSG) to plan for Gemma’s transition to school. Gemma’s parents were requested to complete a current anaphylaxis management plan with her GP and provide copies of any plans from the preschool setting to assist with developing supports at school.

At the SSG meeting, the Principal outlined the school’s obligations to implement a comprehensive anaphylaxis management plan for Gemma, including communication strategies for staff, students and members of the school community, and the need to ensure staff are adequately trained in recognising and responding to Gemma’s anaphylactic reactions.

The school completes an annual anaphylaxis risk management checklist, provides training for all staff responsible for the wellbeing of students with anaphylaxis, and undertakes all-staff briefings every six months. Additional adrenaline auto-injection devices are purchased by the school and made available to trained staff if necessary. Gemma’s needs remain subject to close monitoring and review.

Gemma has attended school since Prep without incident. Comprehensive planning and training remain in place. No other specific educational adjustments have been made for her over a 10-week period in the 12 months preceding the collection.

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

    • Medical diagnosis evidence of disability (ie current anaphylaxis management plan, GP)
    • Copies of any anaphylaxis management plan(s) from Gemma's preschool 
    • Notes of meetings (eg SSG) with staff, student and parents
    • Anaphylaxis risk management checklist
    • Staff training calendars
  • Step 2. What is the level of adjustment? QDTP

    • Training for all staff responsible for the wellbeing of students with anaphylaxis in recognising and responding to students’ anaphylactic reactions
    • Ongoing training and planning for Gemma (eg briefings every six months for all staff)
    • Purchase of additional adrenaline auto-injection devices which are made available to trained staff
    • Gemma's needs are closely monitored and reviewed
    • Information provided to staff, students and other members of the school community, on the risk for students with anaphylaxis and food that can place students with anaphylaxis at risk
  • Step 3. What is the category of disability? Physical

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

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