Dysphagia and Swallowing

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Dysphagia is a common condition seen in many long-term care clients, with chewing and swallowing problems affecting between 30 and 50% of Australian aged care residents. It can have serious consequences such as choking and aspiration pneumonia if not appropriately managed.

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Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing. It can make swallowing painful, and in some cases, impossible. People with dysphagia may experience gagging, coughing or choking when eating and drinking.


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Laura is a certified Speech Pathologist, graduating with a Master’s Degrees from London in 2012. She is a Senior Clinician for NSW Health and Director and Principal Speech Pathologist at Nulingua Speech Pathology. Laura is a sessional academic and clinical educator at Australian Catholic University.
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06 Mar 2021
Helps to know the types of food and fluids given to different people who have swallowing difficulty.
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