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Mealtime assistance (blended course)

Why choose this course?

This course is available:

  • for Cerebral Palsy Alliance employees: see the scheduled dates below
  • for public participants or organisations: please enquire below about course dates or group bookings at your venue or ours

This course is an orientation activity for all staff who assist clients during mealtimes. The course provides participants with information on enjoyable mealtimes, safe eating and drinking procedures and improved nutrition. It outlines strategies on how to facilitate safe and enjoyable mealtimes for clients by following their individual mealtime plans.

For Cerebral Palsy Alliance Employees

  • At Cerebral Palsy Alliance this is a compulsory induction activity for all employees who assist clients with mealtimes or who are present during mealtimes or are otherwise involved in clients’ mealtimes.

  • Staff are required to complete a compulsory online prerequisite course (details below)

  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance employees are exempt from the course fee.

What content does the program cover?

This half day course offers guidelines on how to follow clients’ individual mealtime plans, and how to facilitate safe enjoyable mealtimes.

The content of this course will enable you to:

•    Recognise the importance of mealtimes
•    Recognise signs of swallowing difficulty 
•    Understand the purpose, function and importance of mealtime plans
•    Understand how to follow and implement mealtime plans 
•    Understand what to do with any inconsistencies or difficult to follow instructions in a mealtime plan
•    Introduction to the IDDSI Framework 

The training covers strategies that promote personal dignity, safe swallow, appropriate seating and positioning and mealtime assistance techniques. The course also includes practical tasks on food and drink preparation. 

The presentation includes a range of multi-media examples, hands-on activities and group discussions.

How will course work be assessed?

The assessment for this learning activity is contained within group activities and is determined through observation of participation and contribution towards the learning objectives of the course.

Does the program have any prerequisites? 

For Cerebral Palsy Alliance staff the following online learning course must be completed prior to taking part in the Mealtime Assistance workshop. 
•    Mealtime Assistance CPA – Online 

This online course will be made available on the Online Learning System one week before the course and must be completed by 9.30am the business day prior to the workshop. 

What is the cost?

There is no cost for this course for CPA employees. 

Public participants or organisations, please contact us for more information.  

How long is the course? 

Duration: Half day
Time: Please see scheduled times or enquire below

Where can I get more information?

Contact: The Training Alliance team
Email: training@cerebralpalsy.org.au 
Phone: +61 2 9975 8715 

Cancellation conditions apply

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Course Dates

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Start DateLocationCost
Mon 09 Aug 2021 at 9:30AM 1 class Ryde Register

Classes for 2021
Monday 099:30AM12:30PM

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Mon 23 Aug 2021 at 1:00PM 1 class Ryde Register
Wed 01 Sep 2021 at 1:00PM 1 class Alpha LifeCare (FOR HUNTER STAFF ONLY) Register
Mon 20 Sep 2021 at 9:30AM 1 class Ryde Register
Thu 07 Oct 2021 at 1:00PM 1 class Ryde Register