"I want to eat that!" - dignity of risk is dysphagia management. 4 key essential factors to include in complex dysphagia risk management plans



RACF staff are regularly faced with the conundrum when residents and/or EPOA request access to food and drinks that go against speech pathology advice. Aged care organisations must be ahead of the game and ensure they have clear dysphagia management process to protect residents and staff and reduce potentially disastrous effects form choking.

Ensuring dignity for patients with dysphagia is essential. This presentation will highlight the 4 key critical factors to include when developing a dysphagia management risk plan. Case studies, coroner’s reports, The Aged Care Act and The Charter of Resident’s Rights and Responsibilities will be used to support each critical factor.

Delegates will be informed and empowered to enable them to support their organisation to have clear dysphagia management processes that meet the needs of RACF residents and choice.


Bernadette Dutton

Loqui Speech Pathology

Bernadette actively strives to empower teams and organisations to support a positive mealtime and communication experience for adults with communication and swallowing disorders. She is the Principal of Loqui Speech Pathology, a national speech pathology aged care service. She supports students from Griffith, Queenland and Australian Catholic Universities and is a guest lecturer at the University of Queensland.