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Mealtime Assistance

Promoting enjoyable mealtimes, safe eating and drinking procedures, and improved nutrition.

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What you'll learn

  • To preserve personal dignity during mealtimes.
  • Ensure safe swallowing techniques.
  • Utilise appropriate seating and positioning methods.
  • Provide effective mealtime assistance.
  • Recognise signs of swallowing difficulties.
  • Understand mealtime plan purpose and function.
  • Implement mealtime plans accurately.
  • Navigate inconsistencies in mealtime plans effectively.

Why choose this course?

This course is designed for those supporting clients with mealtime assistance. The course provides participants with information on enjoyable mealtimes, safe eating and drinking procedures and improved nutrition. It outlines strategies on how to facilitate safe and enjoyable mealtimes for clients by following their individual mealtime plans.

In developing the course, Training Alliance drew on the knowledge of subject matter experts including a Clinical Consultant Speech Pathologist, and people with lived experience of Cerebral Palsy.

What does the course cover?

The course content includes valuable strategies that focus on preserving personal dignity, ensuring safe swallowing, using appropriate seating, and positioning techniques, and providing effective mealtime assistance. Participants will gain knowledge on how to:

  • Understand the significance of mealtimes and their impact on individuals.
  • Recognise signs that indicate difficulties with swallowing.
  • Comprehend the purpose, function, and significance of mealtime plans.
  • Follow and implement mealtime plans correctly.
  • Deal with any inconsistencies or challenging instructions in a mealtime plan.
  • Get introduced to the IDDSI Framework©, a standardised system for food texture and liquid consistency.


Note: When completing this training you will need to have a biscuit and glass of water available to complete a practical task.

This course is essential for:

  • Anyone who supports someone with mealtimes.
  • Direct Support Workers and other staff who work in group homes, residential facilities, supported employment, and day programs.
  • Family and friends caring for loved ones


45 minutes

Refresher schedule

Every 12 months

100% online course
Interactive activities
Voice over
Video and/or animation
Certificate of completion
Aligned to NDIS Practice Standards
Access available for 12 months from purchase

Training 25 or more people?
We have flexible learning options, on our LMS or yours. Contact us to discuss hosting options, cost effective licences and additional discounts for your organisation.

Price: $49.50 Inc. GST
Buy 2 or more seats for $47.85 each inc. GST
Buy 11 or more seats for $46.20 each inc. GST

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