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IDDSI Changes

IDDSI Implementation Advice

IDDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) is being implemented from May 1st 2019. IDDSI provides a standardised framework for the terminology and definitions for modified diets and thickened fluids. There are many differences between the current Australian Standards and IDDSI. IDDSI Implementation Advice #1...

Feeding aged care residents

Swallowing and COPD

People who have respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) face a number of difficulties. One common but not often discussed difficulty is with swallowing or ‘dysphagia’. Why might swallowing be a problem? Swallowing is a fast and complex process which involves the careful coordination...

Sunlight and Vitamin D

Shining the Sunlight on Vitamin D for Older Adults

Deserving of focus is vitamin D, which is important for a number of functions, including maintaining bone health and decreasing risk of osteoporosis and osteomalacia, immune function, helping to maintain healthy skin, and maintaining muscle strength. Severe vitamin D deficiency may cause bone and muscle pain...