Course Title: Provide support in dysphagia management

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OHTH5761C

Course Title: Provide support in dysphagia management

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4321 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Heather King

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisite units:

  •   HLTAH301C Assist with an allied health program
  • HLTAH410C Support the development of speech and communication skills

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with the delivery of speech pathology programs designed to achieve and develop optimum independence in speech and communication skills.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAH411C Provide support in dysphagia management


Deliver therapeutic program under supervision of speech pathologist

Performance Criteria:

Obtain informed consent from the individual client, or a third party where the individual is not in a position to provide this consent independently, before commencing the program

Confirm client/carer's understanding of requirements of the therapeutic program

Provide mealtime assistance to client, under instruction of speech pathologist, including the reinforcement of positioning and strategies to support safe swallowing and maximum level of independence of eating and drinking

Prepare texture modified foods and fluids, as determined by speech pathologist, for assessment purposes and for mealtimes for purposes of checking correctness of modified foods and fluids

Provide the client with relevant information and advice, as instructed by the speech pathologist, at a level and pace appropriate to the client's level of understanding, culture and background, preferred way of communication and need

Refer questions outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation to speech pathologist and/or relevant member of care team

Provide client with sufficient time, opportunity and encouragement to practise existing and newly developed skills

Provide set up and support of the client during videofloroscopy assessment of swallowing, performed by speech pathologist

Carry out supplementary treatment programs
(e.g. oro-motor exercises), as instructed by the speech pathologist

Identify adverse reactions/events associated with dysphagia and respond according to the detailed risk management framework


Document client information

Performance Criteria:

Use accepted protocols to document information relating to the treatment program in line with organisation requirements

Provide accurate and prompt feedback to the speech pathologist and client's care team to support future planning

Use appropriate terminology to document symptomatic expression of identified problems related to the therapeutic exercise program


Monitor client's management of dysphagia in consultation with speech pathologist and care team

Performance Criteria:

Work with the speech pathologist, care team and the individual to identify and record areas of positive progress and success and specific difficulties arising

Reinforce constructive feedback and advice provided by the care team about the client's approach and ability to manage their dysphagia

Support and encourage client to maintain and enhance their efforts to manage dysphagia

Reinforce the benefits of continuing to practice and develop skills and knowledge for dysphagia management

Identify adverse reactions/events associated with dysphagia and respond according to the detailed risk management framework

Refer to speech pathologist when additional input from health professional is required



Prepare for support of treatment and monitoring programs to promote safe swallowing and eating

Performance Criteria:

Obtain information about requirements from the speech pathologist

Determine need for interpreter where the client has English as a second language

Confer with speech pathologist about any ambiguities or requirements outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-
• Face to face teaching
• Case studies
• Class room activities and practical work
• Reflections and discussions
• Accessing information online

The details of the class schedule on weekly basis is available on the time table that has been provided to students and is also available on RMIT Learning hub.

Teaching Schedule

There will be face to face teaching and practical activities for this course and the details of the class date and time will be in the timetable provided to the students.
The face to face teaching schedule is as follows-
10th Nov, 11th Nov., 12th Nov., 13th Nov., and 14th Nov.,
The students need to attend all sessions as there will be ongoing assessments during the delivery of the courses.

The course will be delivered in cluster with another course" Provide support in Dysphagia management".
Timetable can also be accessed online in the learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course as comprehensive course material will be provided by the teacher through RMIT Learning Hub.


Online learning materials can be accessed using the RMIT Online Learning Hub.
The online learning materials listed include:

Subject outlines
Lecture notes
Case studies
Assessment details
Practical work details

Other Resources

The students can access library for more resources like-
• Videos
• Articles of interest
• useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will involve assignments and practical assessment in the simulated environment. On gaining competency in these assessments, students will undertake clinical placement for this competency.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks will include a range of activities and assessments to assess the student for the learning outcomes for the course.
The assessment tasks will include-
Written assessment
Practical assessment
Clinical placement assessment

The students need to be deemed competent in all assessmenmts to pass the competency.

The details of the assessments will be provided to the students by the teacher through the RMIT Learning Hub.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course will be delivered and assessed with-

OHTH 5760C- Support the development of speech and communication skills.

Important- The students need to be deemed competent in ALL pre-requisites and core competencies before proceeding to this course.

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