When someone in a school community is diagnosed with cancer, people usually want to help but may not be sure where to start. Cancer in the School Community is a guide for school staff who would like to support students, families and colleagues affected by cancer. The content is relevant for all primary and secondary school staff and it may also be useful for parents, students and family members.
Cancer in the School Community
Anaphylaxis resources for schools
Schools need to be allergy aware and work with parents, guardians and children in the management of anaphylaxis.
School staff should refer to relevant policy documents and available training for managing anaphylaxis in a school environment.
The Information for Health Professionals – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) site provides further information.
DonateLife Western Australia sits under the Public Health branch within the North Metropolitan Area Health Service (NMHS). The agency coordinates all professional organ and tissue donation activities for transplantation across the state and works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical specialists and nurses to encourage best practice and to increase donation rates. The agency also offers compassionate support to donor families for as long as they require it.
DonateLife WA also aims to raise awareness and encourage discussion about organ and tissue donation in the wider community. Currently only 38% of Western Australian’s have registered their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and nationally only 8% of all 16-25 year olds have registered their decision. It is now possible to register online in less than a minute at https://donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today – you just need your Medicare details.
School education resources and information about organ and tissue donation are also available online http://www.donatelife.gov.au/school-education . These are aligned to the learning descriptions in the Australian Curriculum and are now available for both teachers and students. DonateLife WA also offers presentations to year 11 & 12 students and also offers information and registration opportunities at School Health Expositions. For further information, please ask to speak with the Communications Officer.
Manage My Asthma Kids Club
The manage my asthma kids club is a free club for kids with asthma aged 5-12 years. The club aims to provide children and their parents with asthma information in regular newsletters and also provides free one on one asthma education. There are also regular giveaways, competitions and resources.
Epilepsy Smart Schools
A nationwide schools program that helps schools to meet their duty of care to children living with epilepsy. Teacher training opportunities (both in person and via an online learning portal) and a free web based platform containing school resources and epilepsy management templates are available through Epilepsy WA and the Epilepsy Smart Schools Website.
Life Education Programs
Life Education WA provide a range of age appropriate Curriculum outcome based programs from Kindergarten to Year 6. Click for more information for K and PP and for primary modules here. The sections marked in yellow refer to Mental Health outcomes. Life Education WA partner with both Government and Non Government Schools and provide education to around 30,000 primary students each year.