Mealtimes are an important part of our daily lives.
Having access to meals that are safe and enjoyable is important to minimise the risk of choking and serious health problems for people with swallowing difficulty; and to improve their quality of life.
Under the NDIS Code of Conduct, NDIS workers have to provide supports and services in a safe and competent manner, with care and skill.
So how can NDIS workers best support someone who needs mealtime support?
An elearning module is available to help NDIS workers understand how to best support safe and enjoyable mealtimes.
The module was co-designed and developed in consultation with the sector, including people with disability and NDIS providers and workers.
Completing the module
The module is free and available to any persons or professionals interested in this topic, taking approximately 90 minutes to complete.
Once completed, workers will receive a Certificate of Completion.
e-learning module support
Having trouble completing our e-learning modules or need help accessing your certificate? You can read frequently asked questions or submit an online help query via our e-learning modules support page.
The Supporting Safe and Enjoyable Meals module is screen-reader accessible and mobile device compatible.
Auslan and Audio Described versions of the module are also available.
Resources and training
Guidance for NDIS providers and workers is also available in our Practice Alerts on the following related topics:
- Dysphagia, safe swallowing and mealtime management
- Medicines associated with swallowing problems
- Lifestyle Risk Factors
- Oral Health
These resources are available in several formats including short animations, quick reference guides and the original text-based, short research summaries. Easy Reads will also be available soon.
There is also a video in the ‘Make it known, make it better’ videos series – empowering people with disability to raise a concern or complaint if they are not happy with the quality or safety of their NDIS supports or services and a corresponding poster, that addresses the importance of safety during mealtimes.
The Disability Research Network at the University of Technology Sydney, through an Australian Government grant, has produced a suite of resources and training modules called 'Co-Creating Safe and Enjoyable Meals for People with Swallowing Disability'
The resources and training are designed to support people with swallowing difficulties in their mealtime decisions and mealtime assistance needs, and promote the co-creation of safe and enjoyable meals. Visit the website www.enjoysafemeals.com to find out more.