Hearth’s Joanne Whiteoak Presents Online Dysphagia Workshop

Hearth Speech Pathologist Joanne Whiteoak Presents Online Dysphagia Workshop

Hearth Speech Pathologist Joanne Whiteoak Presents Online Dysphagia Workshop

We are so fortunate to have someone as experienced as Joanne on our team and we are very excited that she will be presenting about dysphagia which is such an important topic.

This workshop will provide essential basic skills in identification and collaborative management of dysphagia which is so prevalent for many NDIS participants.

What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a medical term for swallowing difficulties. It is associated with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions.

Did You Know?

People with disability who have dysphagia are more likely to die from choking or respiratory illnesses or have serious health complications because of poor management of dysphagia.’( NDIS Practice alert 2020)

About this Event

Joanne Whiteoak will deliver a session that addresses.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview of general anatomy and physiology of swallowing
  2. To identify the common causes and conditions associated with Dysphagia
  3. Recognise the signs and symptoms of swallowing difficulties
  4. Understand the role of the Speech Pathologist and other medical / allied health professionals and get an overview of Speech Pathology assessment, treatment, and recommendations in dysphagia management.
  5. To better understand diet and fluid modification definitions using the IDDSI framework
  6. To understand your roles and responsibilities
  7. Recognise the importance of following a Mealtime management plan
  8. Understand individual choice and control in the context of dysphagia management. Consideration of quality of life and risk feeding.
  9. Know where to go for more information / useful links / resources

Why Has Hearth Created This Event?

This event is part of our series of professional development opportunities at Hearth, bringing together leaders in the field.

At Hearth, we believe that we have a collective responsibility to promote best practice and share our expertise with the broader NDIS community, therefore this Professional Development opportunity is offered free of charge.

Presenter Joanne Whiteoak

Joanne is a highly experienced Speech Pathologist having worked in Australia and the United Kingdom for over 28 years.

This has included work in private and public acute and rehabilitation facilities in Australia, such as Alfred Health, Epworth Healthcare, Monash Health, Melbourne Health, and Western Health. In the UK she has worked at HCA Healthcare and a range of public NHS hospitals. Joanne’s roles have been diverse and in addition to several Senior clinical Speech Pathology positions she has worked as a Speech Pathology department Manager, presented at workshops and lectures on Brain injury in Malaysia and participated in research into the use of productive communication strategies for people post traumatic brain injury.

Joanne has extensive skills working with adults with acquired speech, language, cognitive, voice and swallowing difficulties. She is committed to the provision of client centred and compassionate support for our NDIS participants to ensure assessment and therapy is tailored to an individual’s needs and can assist them to meet their life participation goals.

Who Should Attend:

NDIS Support Coordinators

NDIS Support Workers

NDIS Group Home Managers/Supervisors
NDIS Participant, Family Members or Support Network
TAFE or University Students seeking a career pathway or employment.
Allied Health Professionals seeking to gain essential basic skills in identification and collaborative management of dysphagia (certificate of attendance to provide to your registration / peak body as evidence of CPD).

How can I attend?

Click here to register and gain access to the event

Date: Thursday the 17th of November 2022
Time: 10.00 – 11.00am 
Event Cost: Free
Certificate of Attendance: 

You will be provided with a certificate of attendance via email that can be used as evidence for CPD

I look forward to you joining us online for the event!

Fiona McAlinden

Director – Hearth Allied Health

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