Modified Foods and Fluids Terminology
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) supports members to use current Australian standards for modified foods and fluids while working towards the implementation of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative framework on 1 May 2019.
New guidelines from 1 May 2019
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative framework for labelling and testing modified texture food and fluids was adopted in Australia on 1 May 2019.
Speech Pathology Australia endorses the IDDSI framework as best practice for speech pathologists in Australia. The IDDSI framework provides standardised names and descriptions of food and drink used to reduce choking risk. The framework is also supported by the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare.
The IDDSI framework consists of a continuum of 8 levels (0-7), where drinks are measured from Levels 0 – 4, while foods are measured from Levels 3 – 7. The IDDSI framework can be accessed from IDDSI International.
Speech pathologist can access general resources for use in professional practice from the IDDSI website resources page. Australian specific resources are listed under the ‘Country Specific’ tab.
For further information about the adoption of the IDDSI framework in Australia email Dr Julie Cichero, the Australian IDDIS Project Officer or the Association's Manager, Ethics and Professional Issues or Natalie Stapleton at Dietitians Association of Australia..