Re-thinking Texture Modified Food: Level 6 Soft and Bite-Sized and Level 5 Minced and Moist

Featuring Maggie Beer with:
Amanda Orchard – Chef, Maggie Beer Foundation
Module Description:
As we age, our bodies undergo changes that can sometimes affect our ability to swallow food and fluids. Changes can include a decrease in saliva production, the loss of teeth, shrinking gums, loss of sensory perception, weakened jaw muscles, and changes to the strength of the tongue.
The medical term to describe difficulty in swallowing is dysphagia. It occurs when the muscles and nerves that control the mouth or the tongue, or the swallow itself, become weak or uncoordinated. It can cause coughing, gagging or even choking whilst consuming food or drink.


People with dysphagia may require prescribed changes to the texture of their food and fluids following assessment. But it doesn’t mean that their meals should be less interesting. To support a person’s independence and maintain their dignity, it’s important that every bite is appealing, aromatic and delicious whilst using nutritious, colourful ingredients.


With the right skills and a little creativity, aged care cooks and chefs can prepare sensational meals that residents and clients will consume with renewed enthusiasm.
In this module:


You will learn about Level 6 Soft & Bite-Sized and Level 5 Minced & Moist:
  • Identifying and preparing suitable ingredients
  • Maximising the impact of flavour, aroma, and nutrition
  • Applying simple plating and presentation methods



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The Nitty Gritty

  • Duration & Cost

    All of the modules are designed to contain approximately 30 minutes of high quality content plus a self assessment check which could take another 10 to 15 minutes.

    The cost per module is free.

  • What do I get?

    These online training modules are designed to provide important practical skills that will help cooks and chefs provide wholesome, tasty foods for older Australians. On successfully completing each module you will receive:

    - MBF certificate
    - PDF download of key learning
    - MBF recipes presented in each module
    - Enrolment in the MBF Community Forum which encourages sharing of knowledge, answers to questions and access to experts
    - Ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and access to Maggie's expertise

  • Can I do it any time?

    Yes, once you have registered for a module you will be able to complete it at any time.

  • What happens after I complete the course?

    After completion, you will gain access to the MBF Community Forum, a place where you'll have the chance to ask any questions you might have and gain access to ongoing recipes created by the Maggie Beer team and expert chefs.

  • Ask Questions

    Once you've completed the course, you'll gain access to the MBF Community Forum where you'll be able to ask any outstanding questions to experts.

  • Learning Resources

    You will have access to the module PDFs and by enrolling in the MBF Community Forum, ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and Maggie's expertise.

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