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Safe Meal Times


Always follow the person’s mealtime support plan.

Before you start – remove any unnecessary distractions

  1. Check the person is alert and sitting as upright as possible
  2. Offer small amounts of food
  3. Wait for food to clear from the person’s mouth before offering more

Never leave people alone while eating or drinking


  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Choking or gagging
  • Persistent coughing
  • Bringing food back up
  • Wet ‘gurgly’ sounding voice or breathing

Call ambulance 000

Nurse on Call 1300 60 60 24

Download Safe Mealtime poster A3

Level 30, 570 Bourke Street,

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 Australia

Call for enquiries or complaints - 1800 677 342

Email for enquiries or complaints - complaints@odsc.vic.gov.au