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Implementing IDDSI: case study. Julia Scott, Dietitian NZ

The International Dysphagia Diet Standard Initiative (IDDSI) is a global initiative which standardises the terminology and definitions of texture modified foods and thickened liquids. Australia is set to implement IDDSI by May 2019. In some areas of New Zealand, the implementation has already begun. Julia presented on the experience of implementing IDDSI at her workplace using the Monitor, Aware, Prepare, Adopt model outlined by the IDDSI framework. She spent time explaining some of the valuable lessons she learned during implementation. These tips would be useful for dietitians in the process of implementation of IDDSI at their workplace.

Julia Scott is a New Zealand registered dietitian who specialises in food service. She is the national dietitian for the Arvida group who have 29 aged care facilities throughout New Zealand. They provide meals to over 1700 people in aged care, including a significant number of texture modified meals. Julia has taken a proactive role in implementing the International Dysphagia Diet Standard Initiative at her workplace

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