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Supporting Clients with Dysphagia (Adelaide)

This course provides disability support and aged care staff with the knowledge and skills to support a person with swallowing difficulties.


FREE per person



About this experience

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain an understanding of the following concepts:

  • The anatomy and physiology of swallowing

  • What to look out for - signs and symptoms of dysphagia

  • The consequences and impacts of dysphagia on the person

  • How swallowing assessments are undertaken

  • The IDDSI framework for food and fluid modification

  • The role of the support worker

 Course Structure & Competency

The course is delivered across 3 hours in the classroom and includes theory, practical activities and a theory knowledge test.

Practical activities include practice and demonstration of competency in:

  • Preparation of thickened fluids

  • Meal assistance

To receive a Certificate of Attendance, all attendees must attend the entire classroom session, complete all practical components to a satisfactory level and achieve a 90% pass rate in the theory knowledge test.

A Certificate of Attendance is issued listing all topics and components of the training stating simulation only. It is recommended that employers follow this training with workplace-based assessments to determine competency.