Training Professionals in Family-Centered PFD Care: What Works Well, and Future Learnings

April 14, 2023 10:45 am

Presentation Summary

Pediatric Feeding Disorder is not rare, but many clinicians feel underconfident, and this affects service delivery. Further training is needed. This presentation will describe learning solutions researched by our interdisciplinary team, designed to support clinicians with theoretical and practical skill development, in both in-person and virtual modalities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the importance of both theoretical and practical learning opportunities
  2. Summarize the benefits and challenges of different training modalities presented
  3. Consider the application of different learning opportunities to personal context and workplace


  • Jeanne Marshall

    Jeanne Marshall PhD, B. Sp. Path.

    Jeanne Marshall is a speech pathologist with expertise in pediatric feeding and swallowing. She is currently employed in a conjoint role between Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and The University of Queensland. Jeanne’s research interests include pediatric feeding disorders and dysphagia, telepractice, education, and simulation. Jeanne also has a passion for research translation and building research capacity in the health workforce.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from the Children’s Health Queensland and The University of Queensland as a conjoint Clinical Research Fellow (Speech Pathology).

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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  • Madeline Raatz

    Madeline Raatz, PhD, B. Sp. Path

    Madeline Raatz is a clinician-researcher based in Queensland, Australia. She has almost 10 years’ experience working with children with pediatric feeding disorder across both community and hospital settings and she is currently employed at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Logan Hospital. In 2021 she completed her PhD at The University of Queensland investigating the feasibility and reliability of using telepractice to provide pediatric feeding assessments. Her current clinical and research interests include pediatric feeding, speech pathology, telehealth and workforce education.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Children’s Health Queensland and Metro South Hospital and Health Services as a speech pathologist.

    Non-financial Disclosures: Is an honorary fellow of the University of Queensland.

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  • Elizabeth Ward

    Elizabeth Ward B. Sp. Thy(HONS), PhD, FSPAA

    Elizabeth Ward’s research program in the field of speech pathology has been the assessment and rehabilitation of the motor functions of swallowing, speech and voice. She currently holds a joint position as the Director of the Centre for Functioning and Health (CFAHR:, Queensland Health, and is a conjoint Professor with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland. She has published extensively during her career, with over 400 publications. Elizabeth has received $3.8 million in competitive grant funding in the past 5 years across a number of research fields including dysphagia assessment and management, telehealth, head and neck cancer care, motor speech disorders, simulation training, and the implementation of new models of allied health care. Her research has a clinical focus with particular emphasis on projects designed to improve speech and swallowing outcomes in a broad range of surgical and neurogenic populations. She has been awarded multiple UQ teaching awards and has supervised students to successful completion of their research higher degree. In 2014 she was awarded the title of Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia in recognition of her contributions to the profession.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Metro South Hospital and Health Service and The University of Queensland. Director of the Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR), Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

    Non-financial: None

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