NSW Cervical Ausc. for Infants Ch'n & Adults With Dysphagia

Workshop summary

In this one-day workshop, Dr Julie Cichero will review background information regarding cervical auscultation and the recent literature pertaining to the anatomy and physiology of swallowing and risk factors associated with development of aspiration pneumonia. Registrants will be given an opportunity to develop an appreciation of the acoustic characteristics of normal and abnormal swallowing cycles and an understanding of the current information on the cause of swallowing sounds. Participants will have a practical opportunity to correctly place a stethoscope for auscultation of swallowing and swallow-related breath sounds.

Learning objective

  • A brief history of the technique is discussed. In order to appreciate the cause of swallowing sounds a review of normal anatomy and physiology of swallowing is included.
  • The workshop discusses the normal and abnormal (dysphagic) swallow-respiratory sounds in detail and provides practical opportunities for general and specific acoustic training using stethoscopes provided.
  • Information pertaining to correct use and care of stethoscopes is included, as is information about methods of recording swallowing sounds for later analysis.
  • Practical information about the concurrent use of CA with the clinical bed-side assessment and videofluoroscopy is provided.
  • Participants will be provided with information about the reporting of CA findings.
  • Efficacy of the CA technique with reference to recent literature is included.
  • The workshop also affords participants up-to-date information pertaining to deglutition anatomy and physiology and risk factors for the development of aspiration pneumonia.
  • The presenter will share her practical experiences of using the technique.

Who should attend?

  • Registrants must be speech pathologists.
  • This workshop is relevant for speech pathologists who work with adult, paediatric and disabled populations. Those who routinely work with a dysphagic population are likely to benefit most from the workshop. It is assumed that registrants will be familiar with typical dysphagia rehabilitation techniques (postural, airway, compensatory). Familiarity with the Australian Standards for texture modified foods and liquids is also assumed.
  • Speech pathology students who have undertaken relevant dysphagia lectures and/or coursework and/or clinical placements are welcome to register.

Before the workshop

It is suggested that participants have read the Speech Pathology Australia Dysphagia Clinical Guideline prior to attending the workshop accessible via the SPA Website.
Stethoscopes are provided for the practical sessions, however, you are welcome to bring your own stethoscope if you have one.

Workshop details

One day workshop in Sydney on Monday 11 November 2019 
8.45 am registration for a 9.15 am start, concludes at 4.45pm


If you have any questions about the workshop or venue, please contact Shirani Gomes, NSW CPD Coordinator nswcpd@speechpathologyaustralia.org.au

If you have any questions about the registration process please contact National Office office@speechpathologyaustralia.org.au or 1300 368 835.

Rydges Sydney Central 28 Albion Street SURRY HILLS SYDNEY NSW
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