National Tour

Speech Pathology Australia is proud of the highly skilled, professional and dedicated speech pathologists who have been invited by the Association to be the National Tour speakers.

2018 online event - detail

Registration for all the workshops for the 2018 National Tour have now closed. The 2018 National Tour program will finish with a 90-minute online CPD event that will run live on Friday 8 March 2019 from 2.30 – 4.00 pm AEDT.

Further information and registration

2019 National Tour Speaker

The 2019 National Tour speaker is Dr Julie Cichero.

Dr Julie Cichero is a speech pathologist and is internationally recognised for her work in the field of feeding and swallowing disorders.

Dr Julie Cichero

This is a photograph of the Association's 2018 National Tour Speaker, Dr Julie CicheroFor 27 years Dr Julie Cichero has worked clinically and conducted research into dysphagia from infancy to old age in a range of public and private health care settings. Julie is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Clinical Sciences (QUT). She has also been a lecturer and researcher affiliated with The University of Queensland since 1996.

Julie is an Honorary Senior Fellow with the School of Pharmacy, and an affiliate with the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology at UQ, and has provided specialist lectures for Griffith University, and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Julie is an invited international speaker (USA, Canada, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Philippines), to speech pathology, dietetic, medical, nursing and pharmacy conferences.

Julie is a reviewer for 30 international journals in the diverse fields such as medicine, nursing, speech pathology, allied health, chemical engineering, acoustics, nutrition and food technology. She has published more than 54 journal articles and co-authored four books: Dysphagia: Foundation, Theory and Practice (2006, Wiley & Sons Inc.) More peas please: Solutions for feeding fussy eaters (2009, Allen & Unwin) Stepping Stones to Living Well with Dysphagia (Karger, 2012) and The Essential Dysphagia Handbook (2013, Create Space). Julie is co-chair for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) and the Australian IDDSI Project Officer.

Workshops

Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia

This workshop will focus on person-centred care for adults living with dysphagia. It will utilise the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) Framework to provide practical information on assessment, recommendations and treatment. In particular use of the IDDSI framework to identify optimal food and drink recommendations for people with dysphagia will be provided.

The workshop will then focus on rehabilitation using a person-centred approach and will include features that increase the likelihood of success from rehabilitation. It will demonstrate how different food textures and drink thicknesses can be utilised in both rehabilitation and compensatory approaches, and the complementary nature of these techniques. With an aging population, and the implementation of the new Australian Aged Care Quality Standards in July 2019, speech pathologists have an important role in guiding resident choice for meals. To provide a context, a broad update on dysphagia in progressive neurological conditions such as dementia will be provided. Risk feeding and information about feeding during palliative care will also be provided. Case scenarios will be used to highlight shared decision-making models and discuss ethics associated with risk feeding, while balancing the autonomy of choice.

This workshop is relevant to speech pathologists working in a range of settings including hospitals, community-based programs, and residential aged care, and will show clinicians how to improve the lives of adults with dysphagia by using person-centred approaches to assessment and treatment.

Cervical Auscultation for Infants, Children and Adults with Dysphagia: A Practical Workshop

In this one-day workshop, Dr Julie Cichero will review background information regarding cervical auscultation and the recent literature pertaining to the anatomy and physiology of swallowing and risk factors associated with development of aspiration pneumonia. Registrants will be given an opportunity to develop an appreciation of the acoustic characteristics of normal and abnormal swallowing cycles and an understanding of the current information on the cause of swallowing sounds. Participants will have a practical opportunity to correctly place a stethoscope for auscultation of swallowing and swallow-related breath sounds.

Paediatric dysphagia: The A-Z of the IDDSI Framework, fussy eating and medication administration in babies and children

This workshop will focus in detail on four areas currently topical in paediatric dysphagia:

  • It will introduce the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) Framework in a practical way to help speech pathologists in hospitals, community and schools to understand the framework and apply it to their clinical setting. The workshop will include interactive sessions to become familiar and confident using the IDDSI testing methods for liquids and foods.
  • The workshop will then focus on fussy eating. It will provide general information to assist with assessment and treatment of fussy eating and specific information relating to chewing strategies and working with families.
  • Building from the general information participants will then use a problem-based learning approach to work through complex cases. Topics covered under the complex care module will expand to include information regarding parental anxiety and forced feeding, potential application of cervical auscultation to assessment of fragile populations and options for the management of dehydration associated with thickened fluids (e.g. free water protocols).
  • The workshop will conclude with a module on medication administration including information around the practice of cutting and crushing solid dose medicines and thickening liquid medications.

This workshop is relevant to speech pathologists working in a range of settings including hospitals, community-based programs, and schools.

Workshops – schedule and registration

Brisbane (two workshops)

Thursday 14 February 2019
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
EVENT HAS RUN

Friday 15 February 2019
Cervical Auscultation for Infants, Children and Adults with Dysphagia: A Practical Workshop
by Dr Julie Cichero
EVENT HAS RUN

Melbourne (two workshops)

Monday 20 May 2019 
Paediatric dysphagia: The A-Z of the IDDSI Framework, fussy eating and medication administration in babies and children
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Tuesday 21 May 2019 
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Launceston (two workshops)

Thursday 23 May 2019 
Paediatric dysphagia: The A-Z of the IDDSI Framework, fussy eating and medication administration in babies and children
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration Is open

Friday 24 May 2019 
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Perth (two workshops)

Monday 1 July 2019 
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Tuesday 2 July 2019 
Paediatric dysphagia: The A-Z of the IDDSI Framework, fussy eating and medication administration in babies and children
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Adelaide (two workshops)

Thursday 4 July 2019 
Paediatric dysphagia: The A-Z of the IDDSI Framework, fussy eating and medication administration in babies and children
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Friday 5 July 2019 
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Darwin (two workshops)

Thursday 1 August 2019 
Paediatric dysphagia: The A-Z of the IDDSI Framework, fussy eating and medication administration in babies and children
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Friday 2 August 2019 
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
Registration is open

Sydney (two workshops)

Monday 11 November 2019
Cervical Auscultation for Infants, Children and Adults with Dysphagia: A Practical Workshop’
by Dr Julie Cichero
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Tuesday 12 November 2019
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
Watch this space

Canberra (two workshops)

Thursday 14 November 2019
Paediatric dysphagia: The A-Z of the IDDSI Framework, fussy eating and medication administration in babies and children
by Dr Julie Cichero
Watch this space

Friday 15 November 2019
Improving the lives of adults living with dysphagia
by Dr Julie Cichero
Watch this space

Online events – detail

In addition to these workshops, the 2019 National Tour program will finish with a 90-minute online CPD event that will run in December 2019. Information will be made available nearer the event date.

Previous Tour Speakers

View information about previous National Tour speakers.