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Step by Step Guide

Step-by-Step Guides to Preparing a Student Health Support Plan


A Student Health Support Plan should focus on two key areas:

  • what the school can do to help the student best manage their health
  • what the school can do to ensure that the student’s school life is not disadvantaged in any way compared with other students in their year.
To help schools, students and their families achieve positive outcomes when developing a Student Health Support Plan, we have prepared a ‘Recommended Approach’ for each of the parties involved. Each recommended approach is a guide for working together and negotiating an effective Student Health Support Plan for the student. All three are designed to be quick and easy to use.


‘Recommended Approach for Schools’

‘Recommended Approach for Families’

‘Recommended Approach for Students’

We have also developed a list of helpful strategies, many of which were taken from the six student video clips.

Strategies for Helping Students


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development policy

The Schools Reference Guide states that ‘Victorian Government schools have a responsibility to provide equitable access to education and respond to diverse student needs, including health care needs. Schools need to make local decisions and create innovative solutions to meet the needs of all students.’

Schools Reference Guide 4.5.1, Planning for and supporting students’ health care needs at school