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This intermediate unit highlights the importance of adequate nutrition and hydration for people with dementia and the swallowing problems (dysphagia) that can be a factor in malnutrition and dehydration resulting in declining health, repeated hospitalisations, and decreased quality of life. Evidence-based approaches to optimising health and quality of life with regard to nutrition and swallowing will be explored.

This unit is available to students from other courses, subject to meeting any prerequisites. For students in the Bachelor of Dementia Care program who wish to study CAD205, the prerequisites are successful completion of four (4) Level 1 units, one of which must be unit CAD101.

Summary 2020

Unit name Nutrition, Dysphagia and Dementia
Unit code CAD205
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Lynette Goldberg

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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CAD101 AND 37.5 Credit Points of units at Introductory level


  • Student Engagement Activity 5%
  • Comparative Case Study (1500 words) 30%
  • Oral Presentation 30%
  • Short Answer Questions (1200 words total) 30%
  • Reflective Discussion Board Post and Post-Unit Survey 5%
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