@JCU Swallowing Awareness Day
Like breathing, swallowing is essential to everyday life.
Did you know that we swallow around 900 times a day! This includes around 3 times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more during meals.
We take it for granted that we can perform this everyday function relatively easily and with little thought.
However around 1 million Australians have a swallowing difficulty (called dysphagia).
Swallowing problems can occur at any stage of life.
Speech pathologists assess, diagnose and treat swallowing difficulties.
If you, or someone you know experiences swallowing difficulties, please refer to a speech pathologist.