Although dysphagia competency with clients of all ages is a professional requirement for speech pathologists working in Australia (see the Competency-Based Occupational Standards, Speech Pathology Australia, 2001), undergraduate speech pathology students have overall less clinical and theoretical exposure to paediatric dysphagia than adult dysphagia. Except for Jakobs (2004) and Mathisen (2003, 2004), no researchers have explored the extent to which the speech pathology profession is equipped to meet the increasing demand for service provision in paediatric dysphagia across the Australian health sector. This paper highlights the need for tertiary institutions to increase clinical and theoretical training in paediatric dysphagia at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
2004 International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatics Congress (IALP 2004). 2004 IALP Congress Proceedings (Brisbane, Qld 29 August - 2 September, 2004)