HAAS Survey Results
Our survey on the Health Access At Schools program, conducted between June 17 and July 3 has revealed widespread concerns about the impact on student safety and educator workload.
July 25 Branch Council Resolution on HAAS
Council acknowledges the broad consultation that has occurred within the AEU ACT Branch membership, including through a member survey and member meetings, on the question of the Healthcare Access at School (HAAS) program.
Council requests the Secretary to prepare a submission for the current ACT Government review into HAAS which reflects the following principles:
- All young people have the right to access a school education
- It is not always practical or desirable for education staff to carry out individual complex healthcare procedures
- Education staff involved in individual complex healthcare procedures associated with the HAAS program or equivalent should do so through mutual agreement between the manager and education staff member
- Responsibility for the performance management of education staff regarding their HAAS –related duties must sit with ACT Health and not school principals
- Education staff participating in HAAS or equivalent must be funded and supported to achieve the pre-requisite skills as part of formal accredited training through a recognised training provider in addition to the specific healthcare procedures relevant to the identified student or students with whom they are directly working
- Education staff participating in HAAS or equivalent must receive commensurate remuneration, to be negotiated with the AEU, for performing this role
- At least one registered nurse should be present at all times in specialist schools
- The AEU is open to negotiations to address the unique circumstances at a given site