Swallowing Awareness Day
In 2019, Speech Pathology Australia will host Swallowing Awareness Day on Wednesday 13 March.
Like breathing, swallowing is essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at between 500-700 times a day, around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more during meals.
Around one million Australians have a swallowing difficulty. Swallowing problems can occur at any stage of life. However, the knowledge of dysphagia and its implications remain largely unknown for most Australians.
Swallowing Awareness Day 2019 is an opportunity to bring attention to swallowing disorders and to connect people with speech pathologists, the professionals who can help.
The theme for Swallowing Awareness Day in 2019 is: Dysphagia. A difficult diagnosis to swallow!
A secondary theme is: What’s this thing called Dysphagia?
What is Dysphagia?
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) is any problem with sucking, swallowing, drinking, chewing, eating, controlling saliva, taking medication, or protecting the lungs from food and drink ‘going the wrong way’. It can be a problem with keeping the lips closed so that food, liquid or saliva doesn’t dribble out.
Sometimes, the first sign of a swallowing problem is coughing, gagging or choking when eating and drinking. Swallowing problems can mean food, drinks or saliva gets into the lungs and this can cause lung infections (pneumonia). Reflux is a problem where the valves in the oesophagus causes the contents of the stomach (like food, drink or stomach acid) to come back up, sometimes reaching as far up as the throat and mouth.
Learn more about swallowing difficulty (called dysphagia) by reading the Fact Sheet on Swallowing .
Help spread the word about Swallowing Awareness Day. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so share your experiences and thoughts.
Use the hashtags: #dysphagia and/or #SwallowAware2019 (NB. Do not use the hashtags: #swallowing #swallow or #SAD).
Promote Swallowing Awareness Day by including the Swallowing Awareness Day email signature on every email you send. Download the Swallowing Awareness Day email signature.
NB. Once the signature is downloaded it may need to be resized for specific usage. Link the email signature to this page.
An infographic is available to highlight Swallowing Awareness Day. The following can be downloaded:
In the Campaign Kit you will find material to help promote the Association’s Swallowing Awareness Day.
All the materials have been designed to allow you to either print them in your workplace or to take them to a commercial printer. The kit also includes a line drawing so you can get children involved with a colouring competition (or the like).
A4-sized version of the Swallowing Awareness Day Poster is available. Again, you may either print this in your workplace or take finished artwork to a commercial printer. (Both versions downloadable in PDF) .
Download/view the Swallowing Awareness Day Campaign Kit . Print or photocopy individual pages from the kit in your office or workplace.
NB. The kit contains all the promotional collateral for Swallowing Awareness Day. All of the material in the kit is designed for printing on an office printer. Artwork for a commercial printer is also available for the same material.
Download artwork for use with a commercial printer.
Other Useful Campaign Material
In addition to the above campaign material there are an additional five Swallowing Awareness Day A4 fliers that provide further information about Dysphagia and speech pathology. Download the additional Swallowing Awareness Day fliers .
Download the Swallowing Awareness Day logo and add it to your website or Facebook page or on other materials.
Primary logo (Pelican)
Secondary logo (Dysphagia)
A template media release is available for Association members-only to use to promote Swallowing Awareness Day.
View the media release template .