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SIDE’s Referral Program provides short term support for students who have special circumstances that impact on school attendance. The program is coordinated by SIDE’s School Psychologists.

Enrolment in the Referral Program is NOT a long term alternative to regular schooling. Students in Pre-Primary to Year 6 need to be working towards re-integration to their current school or an alternative program.

What constitutes Special Circumstances for SIDE enrolment?
  • severe medical/chronic health problems
  • severe mental health issues
How do I know if a student might be eligible?
  • If the student is genuinely unable to attend school at all (or an alternative program) for an extended period, generally three months or more, AND
  • The student is engaged in ongoing and regular counselling, specialist treatment or other appropriate intervention.

The student’s treating clinician or specialist will be consulted to assist in establishing eligibility and to determine whether the SIDE program is suitable for the student. Documentation will be requested following the consultation.

Enrolment information

Eligible students in Pre-Primary to Year 6, remain enrolled in their school while accessing SIDE’s Referral Program. SIDE works in partnership with the student’s current school.

Further information

Parents, schools, clinicians and others working with students can contact SIDE for further information. Please phone SIDE on 9311 1447 to enquire about the Referral Program for a primary student with special circumstances.