School Policy & Advisory Guide
Purpose of this policy
To ensure schools support students with thalassaemia.
See: Health Care Needs
Schools must implement strategies to assist students with thalassaemia. All students with thalassaemia must have a current Student Health Support Plan.
See: Health Support Planning Forms within Related policies
- is a hereditary blood disease that, if untreated, causes anaemia
- is particularly prevalent in people with ancestry from:
- Mediterranean countries
- the Middle East
- Southeast Asia.
This table describes the 2 forms of thalassaemia.
Serious illness where:
- blood transfusions are needed every three to four weeks
- the general health can be markedly affected
- regular blood transfusions to boost haemoglobin levels in the blood is required.
More common and mild illness. Although there may be some lack of energy, many students with thalassaemia minor appear quite healthy.
Schools are able to assist students with thalassaemia by:
- raising awareness about the condition with staff and if appropriate with students to increase understanding
- ensuring that the school receives medical advice from the student’s health practitioner and that this practitioner completes the Department’s General Medical Form
- recognising the educational and social implications for students with thalassaemia who:
- make frequent trips to a hospital for the day for blood transfusions
- may be restricted in their physical activities
- communicating regularly with their parents about the student
- suggesting to the parents/guardians that a student who is consistently lethargic should see a doctor.
- Medical Therapy Unit at Monash Medical Centre on (03) 9594 2756.