Work has begun on a new model for the Healthcare Access at Schools (HAAS) program that will maintain a school nursing presence in all four of Canberra’s specialist schools.
The proposed model was announced by ACT Minister for Health Simon Corbell.
Mr Corbell said the proposed model follows consultation with parents, carers, teachers, nurses and learning support assistants.
‘The proposed model uses a combination of registered nurses, first aid officers and learning support assistants in a tiered approach to healthcare,’ he said.
The HAAS model is designed to provide individualised care based on plans determined by the needs of each student, for children with chronic and complex healthcare needs.
This new model maintains individualised care while easing the concerns of parents, teachers and learning support assistants by maintaining a nurse at each school.
It is planned to be in place for the 2016 school year.