First Aid

Our policy in the event of illness or accidents is to contact the parents immediately so that arrangements can be made for your child to be collected from the College.

If students are ill in class time, their teacher will send them to the office. The staff will then attend to their needs and if necessary set up a temporary bed until their parent arrives to take them home. Should students require any first aid attention a note will be written in the student diary so that parents are kept informed.


Most staff members are qualified in First Aid.  Training is also given specifically for Anaphylaxis and Asthma.


If students come to school with an injury, sore throat, or other complaint, they are expected to bring from home any dressing or medication they may need during the day. 


Please ensure that your emergency contact number is kept up to date at the College at all times. If no contact is possible and it is deemed necessary, then the student will be taken to the Casualty Ward at Castlemaine Health. 



If children suffer from Asthma, they must keep an inhaler e.g. Ventolin (with the child's name on it) and a spacer at school. If children need to take medicine at school, it must be clearly labelled and in the prescription container.  A form giving instruction for use must be completed. Medication must be distributed via the Office and not kept in school bags.



At the College we provide basic First Aid for minor accidents. 



Infections can spread quickly through a school.
As some illnesses can have a serious after-effect, the School Medical Service has developed an Exclusion Table, which all schools must follow. While the Exclusion Table is available from the office, a 'plain English' list of the Infectious Disease Table follows: 

  • Chicken Pox: Exclude for at least 7 days after onset of the illness, and until the last lesion has healed.
  • Conjunctivitis: Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased.
  • Diarrhoea: Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased or until medical certificate of recovery is produced.
  • Diphtheria: Exclude until at least 2 negative swab tests have been received at intervals of not less than 48 hours. The first swab test is not to be administered until 72 hours after antibiotic or chemotherapeutic treatment has stopped. Siblings of infected children are to be excluded until cleared by a Medical Officer. 
  • Glandular Fever: Exclusion is not necessary.
  • Head Lice: Re-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
  • Hepatitis A: Exclude until a medical certificate of recovery is received, but not before 7 days after the onset of jaundice or illness. 
  • Hepatitis B/C: Exclusion is not necessary.
  • Herpes (cold sores): Young children unable to comply with good hygiene practice should be excluded while the lesion is weeping. Cover lesions with dressing, where possible.
  • Hookworm: Exclusion is not necessary.
  • HIV/AIDS: Exclusion is not necessary unless the child has a secondary infection.
  • Impetigo (School Sores): Exclude until sores have been healed. Exclude until appropriate treatment has commenced. The child may be permitted to return to school provided appropriate treatment is being applied, and that sores are properly covered with appropriate dressings.
  • Influenza: Exclude until well.
  • Measles: Exclude for at least four days after onset of rash.
  • Meningitis (bacteria): Exclude until well.
  • Meningicoccal infection: Exclude until adequate carrier eradication therapy has been completed.
  • Mumps: Exclude until fully recovered.
  • Parvovirus: Exclusion not necessary.
  • Poliomyelitis: Exclude for at least 14 days from onset. Re-admit after receiving medical certificate of recovery.
  • Ringworm: Re-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
  • Rubella (German Measles): Exclude until fully recovered, or at least 4 days after onset of the rash.
  • Salmonella: Exclude until after diarrhoea has ceased.
  • Scabies: Re-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
  • Streptococcal infection (inc Scarlet Fever): Exclude until child has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and the child feels well.
  • Tuberculosis: Exclude until receipt of a Medical Certificate from the treating physician stating that the child is not considered to be infectious.
  • Typhoid Fever: Exclude until approval to return has been given by the GP.
  • Viral hepatitis: Exclude until a Medical Certificate of recovery is produced.
  • Whooping Cough: Exclude the child for 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment.



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