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Dysphagia Training for Support Workers : Face-to-Face Training

Dysphagia Training for Support Workers : Face-to-Face Training


Overview/Content
People with dysphagia experience difficulty swallowing and have special care needs. This program is designed for support workers to develop the skills and knowledge to assist clients with their special needs when living with dysphagia. These skills include assisting with the safe ingesting of food, beverages and medicines and understanding the use of a texture-modified diet and consistency modified fluids.
The program will also discuss choking and the recognition of airway obstruction and the management of a partial and/or complete blockage.

Learning Objectives
Demonstrate how to assist a client with safe ingestion of food, beverages and medicine
Understand the principles of a texture-modified and altered fluid-consistency diet
Follow a specific health management /meal plan
Manage a partial or complete airway blockage

Delivery Mode
2 hours and 45 minutes face-to-face training and assessment

Qualification Issued
Dysphagia for Support Workers: Face-to-Face Training and Assessment

More About This Course
We select our Premium Health trainers and assessors carefully. All are nurses or paramedics with appropriate qualifications, technical expertise and experience in the health care, emergency first aid and education sectors. This enables them to provide you with quality training which is grounded in experience and knowledge of the field.

Some of the topics include:

  • Understanding the basic anatomy and physiology of the airway and upper gastrointestinal system

  • Outlining the bio-mechanics of health swallowing, understanding the method, process and structure

  • Discussing signs and symptoms of dysphagia

  • Identifying the causes and conditions related to dysphagia

  • Assessing common complications of dysphagia and when to refer for clinical assessment

  • Recognising and taking appropriate action for aspiration and choking

  • Examining treatment and lifestyle modifications to reduce risk of complications

  • Understanding the principles of a texture-modified and altered fluid-consistency diet

  • Following a generic client health care plan







Premium Health were fast, flexible and willing to assist at all times, we changed sessions from face-to-face (on-site) to video conferencing for all of our people. This was a great achievement and provided a great outcome.

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