Coroner recommends providers review ‘swallowing’ policies and guidelines

Providers are being encouraged to review their policies and guidelines for services to people with swallowing difficulties, following coronial findings in Queensland.

This follows an inquiry in the tragic death of a resident in supported accommodation in that state.

The Coroner recommended that

… National Disability Services note the findings and pass on to its members that they consider implementing as part of their respective policies and guidelines a Nutrition and Swallowing Checklist similar to one in use by Multicap and adapted from a document of the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care for use by care providers who are providing disability care services to those who could be considered to be in a risk category for swallowing difficulties.

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