Important information for all families.
All students enrolled in De La Salle College identified as suffering asthma are required to submit an Asthma Action Plan to assist management of your son’s medical condition.
The Asthma Foundation in consultation with the Department of Education, Catholic and Independent Schools, have developed new school specific Asthma Action Plans to meet the needs of recent changes in the Education and Training Reform Act and Regulations and the Schools Policy Advisory Guide. These plans are designed to complement the child’s Asthma Management Plan, whether it be the National Asthma Council’s Asthma Action Plan, or Asthma Australia’s Asthma Care Plan in an Education and Care Setting. The Victoria Asthma Action Plans have been developed to assist staff members identify a students asthma signs and symptoms including their severity and what action needs to be taken in regards to administering the child’s asthma reliever medication.
In 2017 De La Salle College will adopt the new Asthma Foundation Action Plans and further information will be sent to families in the 2017 Communication Pack.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. These things make it harder to breathe. An asthma flare-up can come on slowly (over hours, days or even weeks) or very quickly (over minutes). A sudden or severe asthma flare-up is sometimes called an asthma attack. One in ten people in Australia has asthma. It affects people of all ages. Some people get asthma when they are young; others when they are older. Asthma cannot be cured, but for most people it can be well controlled by following a daily management plan.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
A person’s asthma symptoms can vary over time — sometimes they will have no symptoms, especially when their asthma is well-controlled. Symptoms often vary from person to person, but they are most commonly:
- tight feeling in the chest
- continuing cough.
Symptoms often occur at night, early in the morning or during/just after activity. They are caused by the narrowing of the airways. If your asthma is well controlled, you should only have occasional asthma symptoms. If you have symptoms regularly, you should see your doctor and an Action Management Plan be established.
Different Types of Action Plans
It is important to note that these are all medical documents and therefore must be completed and signed by the treating doctor.
The Actions Plans can be viewed here. Please consult with your doctor for the action plan relevant for your son’s asthma.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Answers
Q1: Why has another type of Action Plan been developed?
The Department of Education and Training approached The Asthma Foundation of Victoria to develop a unified Asthma Action Plan for Victorian Schools. Feedback they had been receiving from schools and parents was that there are many different types and formats of Action Plans being provided to schools, and staff members were becoming confused. A lengthy consultation process involving schools from all three school sectors, Government, Catholic and Independent, was undertaken and the Victorian Asthma Action Plans were produced.
Q2: Can schools or parents complete an Asthma Action Plan for their students or children?
No. The Asthma Action Plan for Victoria Schools have been developed as medical documents and must be completed, signed and dated by the patient’s medical doctor. If copies are required the original signed copy should be colour photocopied or scanned.
Q3: Is it possible to obtain an electronic copy of the Asthma Action Plan so that the child’s information can be inserted by parents or school/childcare staff?
No. The Victorian Asthma Action Plans have been developed in a PDF format to ensure the documents are concise, consistent and easily understood. They now have fields that can be directly typed into by the treating doctor, but not by parents, or school, as they are medical documents.
Q4: How often does an Asthma Action Plan need to be updated?
Asthma Action Plans should be reviewed annually and/or when patients are reassessed by their doctor. If there are no changes in diagnosis or management the medical information on the Asthma Action Plan may not need to be updated. However, if the patient is a child, the photo should be updated each time, so they can be easily identified. The Victorian Asthma Action Plan includes the date of next Action Plan review.
Q5: Do I have to complete an Action Plan, if the child only has seasonal asthma, or asthma symptoms when they have a cold?
Yes, any time asthma medication is prescribed and expected to be taken at school or the children’s service, it must by law be accompanied by a medical management plan. If the health professional is concerned about diagnosing the child with asthma, it is recommended that they put a shorter review date on the action plan, and write a covering letter to the school or children’s service explaining the expected time frame the child will need reliever medication.
Please refer to Asthma Australia for further information.
Lunch in recognition of the De La Salle Brothers and their Outreach Work
The De La Salle community is invited to a special luncheon in recognition of the De La Salle Brothers and their untiring efforts in improving the lives of disadvantaged young people here and in third world countries.
Wednesday 30 November
East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Dr, Malvern East VIC 3145
RSVP Mon 21 Nov
To book and organise payment ring Marie Grafen on 03 9509 1742 or Mary Thomas 9572 4203. Any enquiries to Trish Woodman at the College on 9508 2138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.