Course Title: Provide support in dysphagia management

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4367 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Title: Provide support in dysphagia management

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code

Campus

Career

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Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email: veemita.kaul@rmit.edu.au



Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist a speech pathologist to support clients participating in therapy programs to improve swallowing and/or to maintain independence in the management of dysphagia. This unit applies to allied health assistants and should be performed under the direction and supervision (direct, indirect or remote) of an allied health professional.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not applicable



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAHA013 Provide support in dysphagia management

Elements:

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

2. Deliver therapeutic program under supervision of speech pathologist

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

4. Comply with supervisory requirements

5. Document client information


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to-

 

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

1.1 Obtain information about requirements from the speech pathologist

1.2 Determine need for interpreter where required

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

2. Deliver therapeutic program under supervision of speech pathologist

2.1 Obtain 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

2.2 Confirm client/carer’s understanding of requirements of the therapeutic program

2.3 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

2.4 Prepare texture modified foods and fluids as determined by the speech pathologist and in accordance with the food safety program of the organisation

2.5 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

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

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

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

2.9 Carry out supplementary treatment programs
 as instructed by the speech pathologist

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

3. Monitor client’s management of dysphagia in consultation with speech pathologist and care team

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

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

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

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

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

 

4. Comply with supervisory requirements

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

4.2 Seek assistance when client presents with needs or signs outside limits of own authority, skills and/or knowledge

4.3 Report client difficulties to the supervising allied health professional for advice before continuing the program

4.4 Participate in supervision processes with the treating allied health professional in accordance with organisational protocol

 

5. Document client information

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

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

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


Overview of Assessment

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competence in this course-

 

Assessments

Task 1- Written assessment

Task 2- Practical assessment

Task 3- Clinical placement performance evidence

These tasks assess the following Course Learning Outcomes( CLOs)

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 To be deemed competent, the student must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required for the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.