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Wed 7 Oct 2015, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Dr Phoebe Macrae, Department of Communication Disorders

- What is a disorder of swallowing?
- Who has disordered swallowing?
- How do you fix swallowing when it’s broken?

Many people look perplexed when I tell them that my job involves swallowing research. A swallowing problem is something you’ve probably never considered, unless you’ve had personal experience with one, or watched a loved one deal with the frustration and isolation of not being able to eat and drink. Swallowing is one of the most complex acts we perform as humans. We do it most often without any conscious control over the process. So what happens when disease or injury prevents us from swallowing without thought? What happens when we can no longer maintain our nutrition and hydration through eating and drinking? Swallowing disorders can affect people throughout the lifespan, and complicate the recovery of many hospital patients, by increasing the length of stay, decreasing health outcomes, and increasing mortality rates.

This lecture will introduce you to the complexities of normal swallowing and what happens in the case of impairment. It will talk about the various treatment approaches for rehabilitation of swallowing. It will also provide an overview of the research and clinical activity happening at the newly opened University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research.

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