The Role of the Speech Pathologist in Informed Choice and Decision Making in Dysphagia

Miss Andrea Whitehead, MSPA CPSP

QLD The Role of the Speech Pathologist in Informed Choice

Workshop summary

This workshop will run as a Live Online event.
This workshop will address the key considerations for speech pathologists when working with people making an informed decision to eat and drink at risk. The workshop will expand on the soon-to-be released SPA Position Statement. 

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges associated with the use of the term “risk feeding;”
  • Recognise some of the reasons behind a person’s decision to eat / drink at risk;
  • Discuss how person-centred health care is an important consideration when working with people who are eating / drinking at risk; 
  • Describe shared decision making models in the context of working with people who elect to eat / drink at risk;
  • Describe the key positions of SPA regarding the role of the speech pathologist in supporting informed choice and decision making of people with dysphagia, including but not limited to documentation requirements;
  • Translate key elements of the SPA Position Statement related to people who elect to eat / drink at risk into their workplace.
 Who should attend?
Registrants must be speech pathologists.
This workshop is relevant for clinicians with knowledge or experience working with people who elect to eat and/or drink at risk. This workshop is relevant for clinicians working with people across the lifespan and in a wide-range of clinical areas, including paediatrics, disability, acute hospital settings, community and palliative care, and aged care. 
Registrants should be familiar with/have knowledge of the management of people with dysphagia who elect to eat and/or drink at risk. 

Speech Pathology students who have undertaken relevant lectures/coursework/clinical placements in dysphagia management are welcome to attend.

Before the workshop
It is anticipated that the SPA Position Paper will be released ahead of this workshop. Participants will be advised its location on the SPA website at the time; it is highly recommended that participants read it before attending the workshop.
Participants are required to bring their own pen/s and paper to the workshop.

Workshop details

Half-day online workshop on Thursday 23 April 2020 
3.30 pm registration for a 4.00 pm start, concludes at 8.00 pm


If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Tricia Charon, CPD Coordinator

If you have any questions about the registration process please contact National Office or 1300 368 835.

23/04/2020 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Registration Fees

Registration categoriesFee
SPA Certified Practising, Non Certified or Re-entry Members$110.00
SPA Non Practising or Full-time Postgraduate Student Member$72.00
SPA Student Member$55.00
Non Member$220.00
Early Bird closing date is 1 month before the event. After this date an additional $99 registration fee applies.
In proceeding with your registration you agree to the SPA CPD Branch Terms and Conditions.