Dysphagia Workshops 2018

In conjunction with May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) 2018,
the Speech & Hearing Centre at Sunway Medical Centre will be organising 2 workshops for Speech-Language Therapist (SLTs).

Dysphagia Workshop for Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs)

The focus of multidisciplinary patient management has enabled and encouraged Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs) to play a vital role in ensuring safe swallowing amongst patients of varied diagnoses. There is an increase in the need for quality assured dysphagia management by SLTs due to an increase in the awareness amongst medical practitioners and the public.

However, due to lack of supervision or guidance, newly graduated SLTs and SLTs who are new to dysphagia management must strive to provide comprehensive management to this patient group. Therefore, this workshop aims to provide participants with the fundamentals in holistic management of adult patients with dysphagia.

13 JULY 2018 | 08:30AM – 05:30PM

SunMed Convention Centre, Sunway Medical Centre

Who Should Attend?

  • Newly graduated SLTs working with adults in a hospital setting
  • Final year Speech Therapy students
  • SLTs who are new to adult dysphagia management
  • SLTs who want to improve their knowledge on adult dysphagia management

Dysphagia Workshop for Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs)

13 July 2018
08:30 Registration
09:00 The anatomy & physiology of swallowing Cecilia Santiago
10:00 Morning break
10:15 The normal vs. disordered swallow & etiologies of dysphagia Cecilia Santiago
11:15 Getting the most out of the case history process Nurul Hidayah Dean
12:00 Clinical Bedside Evaluation (CBE) – general observation, cranial nerve assessment, swallowing assessment Cecilia Santiago
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Evidence-based Practice for dysphagia management Nurul Hidayah Dean
15:30 Afternoon break
15:45 Management of patients with dysphagia – post, acute, long term, progressive cases Cecilia Santiago
17:00 Dysphagia management in Sunway Medical Centre Visakha Tan
17:30 End

*Subject to change without prior notice

Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS) Workshop for Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs)

The Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS) is a commonly accepted “reference standard” instrumental evaluation technique for dysphagia as it provides the most comprehensive information of an individual’s swallowing structures and functions (O’Horo et al., 2015). However, due to the lack of training available in conducting VFSS in Malaysia, the number of SLTs trained and skilled in conducting VFSS is limited. Therefore this workshop aims to equip SLTs (with peer support) with the necessary knowledge and skills in setting up VFSS services and at the same time conducting VFSS for adults with dysphagia at their institutions.

14 & 15 JULY 2018 | 08:30AM – 05:30PM

SunMed Convention Centre, Sunway Medical Centre

Who Should Attend?

  • SLTs who manage adult dysphagia and are keen to initiate VFSS services in their institutions.

Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS) Workshop for Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs)

Day 1: 14 July 2018
09:00 Registration
09:30 Who & when to VFSS? Visakha Tan
10:15 Morning break
10:30 The Radiologist’s role Dr. Lee Chun Cheng
10:45 Radiation & pulmonary safety: A radiologist’s perspective Dr. Lee Chun Cheng
11:15 The Radiographer’s role Tung Swee Shing
11:45 Sponsors’ talk Sponsors
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Types & amount of contrast to use in VFSS Nurul Hidayah Dean
14:30 VFSS procedure Cecilia Santiago
15:30 Afternoon break
15:45 Setting up VFSS service in a hospital: An overview Cecilia Santiago
16:15 VFSS tour CS,NHD,VT
17:00 End of Day 1

Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS) Workshop for Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs)

Day 2: 15 July 2018
08:00 Registration
08:30 VFSS – Visualising the anatomy Cecilia Santiago
09:30 VFSS – Analysing the video & filling up the forms (Part I) CS,NHD,VT
*Morning break will be provided during video analysis
12:00 Sponsors’ talk
12:30 Lunch + certificate collection
13:30 VFSS – Analysing the video & filling up the forms (Part II) CS,NHD,VT
15:00 Afternoon break
15:10 Making recommendations based on VFSS findings Cecilia Santiago
16:00 Report writing Cecilia Santiago
17:00 Photography session & end of workshop

*Subject to change without prior notice

Workshop Fee

Includes workshop notes & meals

Dysphagia Workshop for SLTs

13 July 2018
RM200 for Malaysian Students

Dysphagia Workshop for SLTs

13 July 2018
RM250 for Malaysian SLTs

VFSS Workshop for SLTs

14 & 15 July 2018
RM600 for Malaysian SLTs

VFSS Workshop for SLTs

14 & 15 July 2018
USD200 for International SLTs

Dysphagia & VFSS Workshops for SLTs

13 - 15 July 2018
RM800 for Malaysian SLTs

Dysphagia & VFSS Workshops for SLTs

13 - 15 July 2018
USD250 for International SLTs

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Account Number: 012316-400741
Bank Address (for FTT only): 30 & 32 Jalan PJS 11/28A, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
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  • 50% is allowed 1 week before the closing date
  • Substitutes will be allowed with prior notice to the Organiser.
Ms. Cecilia Santiago
Specialist Speech-Language Therapist, Speech Haven Enterprise

Cecilia is a Speech-Language Therapist with 20 years of experience and is equipt with an intimate knowledge of the best speech and language therapy practices employed in the United Kingdom (UK). Having worked within the National Health Service of the UK (in Edinburgh and Falkirk, Scotland) and the University of Newcastle from 1998 to 2006 and later in London from 2008-2009, she then returned to Malaysia to establish her private practise where she specialises in working with adults with speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders within Sunway Medical Centre, Assunta Hospital, the National Stroke Association of Malaysia while also providing some home visits to those who are immobile.

Cecilia’s career in dysphagia management was fueled and formalised when she attended a post-graduate dysphagia certification course in Sheffield, UK in 1999. Through the years, she has fine-tuned her skills specialising in dysphagia management by attending various courses to consolidate and update her knowledge and expertise especially when managing complex dysphagia cases in the areas of neurological care (both acute and progressive) and head and neck cancer care. During her work in Falkirk, Scotland, Cecilia assisted during weekly videofluoroscopy swallow study (VFSS) clinics. Later in London, she conducted weekly peer-run VFSS clinics and had the opportunity to collaborate with the multidisciplinary team (MDT)  in the management of dysphagia cases. Since working in Sunway Medical Centre, she has further developed this service and has trained various colleagues to conduct VFSS clinics. Cecilia believes that report-writing is pivotal in ensuring collaborative patient management in dysphagia care. She is very passionate about sharing with others the tools which she uses to assess, analyse, report and educate the patient, family members and the MDT to understand dysphagia care in an integrated manner.

Cecilia is registered with the Malaysian Association of Speech-Language and Hearing (MASH) as an Exco member and she is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, UK (RCSLT).

Ms. Nurul Hidayah Dean Kamarudin
Speech-Language & Swallowing Therapist, Sunway Medical Centre

Dean has been practising as a Speech-Language & Swallowing Therapist since 2009. She holds degrees in Master of Science in Speech Difficulties from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) and Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) Speech Pathology from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is a member of the Malaysian Association of Speech-Language & Hearing (MASH).

Dean joined Sunway Medical Centre in 2015 as our speech-language and swallowing therapist. She predominantly sees adult patients who have speech, language, swallowing and voice disorders. She sees inpatients in the wards and outpatients at the Speech & Hearing Centre. She is VFSS-trained and has been conducting VFSS procedures here at Sunway Medical Centre.

Working in a multidisciplinary setting, she works closely with Doctors, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Nurses and other Allied Health professionals. She actively conducts dysphagia training for the nurses to enable early swallowing management for each patient. She believes in providing the best possible care through evidence-based practice and the importance of educating family members and carers to ensure patients receive continuous care and monitoring at home.

Ms. Visakha Tan Shann Nee
Speech-Language & Swallowing Therapist, Sunway Medical Centre

Visakha is a practising speech-language therapist since 2012. She graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with a Bachelor of Speech Science (Hons). Prior to joining Sunway Medical Centre in 2016, she was with a private hospital in Penang and worked primarily in the stroke unit where she provided clinical assessment and rehabilitative intervention to stroke survivors with speech-language and swallowing difficulties. She is also familiar with acquired speech and swallowing disorders following traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease.

Visakha has a special interest in stroke rehabilitation. She enjoys working in a multidisciplinary setting. She believes that the multidisciplinary model not only benefits the patient, but also the patient’s family members and all of the professionals involved as they learn from each other.

Dr. Lee Chun Cheng
Consultant Radiologist, Sunway Medical Centre

Dr. Lee Chun Cheng is a gazetted radiologist in clinical and interventional radiology at Sunway Medical Centre Sdn. Bhd.

Dr. Lee completed his fellowship in Interventional Radiology at several institutes including; Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Selayang, University of Maryland Medical Centre, United States of America (USA); Strasbourgh University, France; and National Cancer Centre, Japan. He is also a member of Royal College of Radiologists, United Kingdom (UK), European Society of Radiology, and Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiological Society of Europe. He specialises in clinical imaging, minimally invasive image guided procedures (MIIPs), locoregional cancer therapy, and palliative procedures.

Ms. Tung Swee Shing
Radiographer, Sunway Medical Centre

Tung Swee Shing graduated from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) with a Bachelor of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy.

She has been practising as a radiographer in Sunway Medical Centre since 2011.

She works closely with the radiologists, nurses and also other allied health professionals in the Radiology department to produce the best possible images using the imaging modalities such as Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Fluoroscopy, and Digital X-ray.

Parking Options

  1. Sunway Medical Centre, Tower A Carpark
  2. Sunway Medical Centre, Tower D Carpark
  3. Sunway GEO (Opposite Sunway Medical Centre)
  4. Kompleks BRT Sunway (at Sun-U Monash University BRT Station)

Prayer Rooms

  1. Sunway Medical Centre, Tower A, Level 4
  2. Sunway Medical Centre, Tower B, Level LG
  3. Sunway Medical Centre, Tower C, Basement

Mosque for Friday Prayer

  1. Masjid Al-Husna (in front of Sunway Pyramid)
    Within 5KM, ETA 15 minutes

Nearby Accommodations

  1. Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
    750m, 11 minutes of walking
  2. Sunway Pyramid Hotel
    900m, 13 minutes of walking
  3. Sunway Clio Hotel
    1.6KM, 21 minutes of walking

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