Why all health care professionals need to be ‘wound aware’
Anyone working in health care will come access wounds. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional or a personal care attendant, in hospitals, community settings or residential care. They may be surgical incisions, wounds that occur as the result of accidents through to the wounds that are complications of diseases and conditions and result in chronic wounds. These include diabetic wounds and venous ulcers or wounds of frailty and decreased mobility – pressure injuries.
As the population ages there will be more people at most risk of chronic wounds as they have one or more chronic diseases. HCP will see more and more wounds in the patients they care for regardless of the setting. While not all HCPs will pursue specialist knowledge and skills in wound management, it is important that you can assist your patients with slow healing or chronic wounds to get the best treatment for their wounds.
Wound management is rapidly changing with new products appearing regularly on the market and health care professionals, want to stay up to date with best practice wound management. Wounds Australia is committed to providing and facilitating education for health professionals through evidenced-based education forums.
Wounds Australia has a variety of free publications that can help all HCPs manage their patients’ wounds according to best practice. Our woundaware.com.au website also has information sheets that you can use for patient education.
To advance your knowledge of wounds and their management – sign up to Wounds Australia
Wounds Australia is the peak body for wounds care and management in Australia with membership close to 3000 professionals. We advance wound prevention and care through advocacy, education and research. Wounds Australia was established in 2015 following the nationalisation of the Australian Wound Management Association national and state and territory associations.
Wounds Australia members are drawn from the disciplines of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, industry and the sciences. The reason our membership is multidisciplinary is that it often requires multiple health care professionals to manage a complex, chronic wound. The involvement of such a team has been shown to enhance the healing of existing diabetic ulcers, and decreases hospitalisations and amputations due to diabetic foot disease.
Why should people join? Well apart from being a great group of people we provide great educational opportunities. Under the national regulation of health practitioners all registered practitioners are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development. This means ongoing education and it is a different amount for each profession.
Wounds Australia facilitates and promotes education in wound management including: Publications, Online learning modules and competencies, Conferences, seminars and wound management courses.
Wounds Australia is also the voice for wound prevention and care in Australia. We advocate to governments for better wound care and run national campaigns, like Wound Awareness Week to increase understanding about wounds and skin injury.
Wounds Australia welcomes health care professionals, scientists, students and others working in or with an interest in wound care to join.
As a member, you enjoy a range of benefits including:
- Over $50,000 in scholarships and grants available annually including:
Continuing Professional Development Events at discounted member pricing
- Access to educational webinars online
- Cutting Edge Resources including Standards, Guidelines and other publications
- A hard copy of the ‘Wounds Practice & Research Journal’ every 3 months
- Weekly emails on the latest wound news & updates
- Access to our specialist magazine “DeepesTissues”