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Principles of Dysphagia PG (10267.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Speech Pathology


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This unit provides the theoretical knowledge underpinning assessment and management of swallowing disorders across the lifespan. Students will gain an understanding of the mechanisms involved in the normal swallow and the etiological factors associated with swallowing disorders. The unit prepares students to conduct clinical assessment and select appropriate evidence-based approaches to management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe normal and disordered swallowing across the lifespan;

2. Understand the associated etiological factors related to swallowing disorders;

3. Select appropriate informal and formal assessments for infants, children and adults;

4. Analyse and interpret assessment results, and identify referral requirements;

5. Apply evidence-based practice and ICF principles in planning and developing treatment and management plans for individuals with swallowing disorders across the lifespan; and

6. Discuss long-term outcomes and set goals for intervention in conjunction with the client's desired outcomes, their cultural expectation, the interdisciplinary team and the client's health literacy.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, consisting of lectures/problem based learning/workshops.


10266 Foundations of Communication Science PG AND 9594 Epidemiology and Principles of Research PG


Must be enrolled in 371JA Master of Speech Pathology. Must be enrolled in 10270 Neurogenic Communication Disorders PG.

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