Dysphagia Training for SLTs - Level 1 Update

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This is a refresher for the level 1 course in dysphagia. It reviews the knowledge you need to support and advise school staff, families and other education therapists working with children with dysphagia or feeding difficulties. The Level 1 training you completed was in the area of eating, drinking and swallowing. It was designed to empower and enable you to provide support and resources to your colleagues in this area of practice.

The content was devised to enable all Education SLTs to provide the following services as laid out in the joint Operational Protocol:

  • Monitor and support the implementation of the Eating, drinking and swallowing plan in an educational context.
  • Provide advice and guidance to educational facilities to ensure implementation of Eating, drinking and swallowing plans.
  • Liaise with and refer to Child Development Services or Child Health Services (as relevant) where a referral or review is required.
  • Support Health SLTs to develop an Eating, drinking and swallowing plan.

This follow up learning will review your knowledge on anatomy and physiology, assessing risk, understanding assessment reports and management planning. There are reflection questions and various activities throughout, as well as opportunities to talk with your peers about what you are learning. You will find it helpful to make notes as you go through the course.


This course provides 2 MOPs points or 2 hour of CPD. 


This content has been developed by Bianca Jackson and Speech Science at The University of Auckland. Speech Science is located within the School of Psychology, with the Faculty of Science. 

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU),  an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


This Dysphagia level 1 update course is made available to you upon completion of Dysphagia Training for SLTs - Level 1

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