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Wound Assessment

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives

Course Overview

Understanding wound assessment is fundamental for healthcare professionals. Nearly half-a-million Australians are affected by wounds in some form, which places strain on patients as well as the healthcare system.


  • Characteristics of a comprehensive wound assessment;
  • Standards for wound management;
  • Measuring wound dimensions;
  • Evaluating wound progress.


A comprehensive assessment of wound characteristics is a fundamental component of wound management. A thorough, systematic wound assessment is essential to clinical decision-making in relation to aetiology and severity. It is the basis upon which treatments and wound dressings are determined and allows progress to be measured. In addition, health professionals are required to assess and record wound characteristics, but often have not received formal training regarding how to do this, resulting in varied and sometimes inaccurate assessments.

A systematic, standardised wound assessment promotes reliability and confidence, leading to better decision-making in wound management and, ultimately, improved outcomes for patients.


This Course provides registered nurses and other healthcare professionals with current knowledge and skills in regards to assessment of wounds.

Learning Outcomes

  • Carry out a comprehensive wound assessment with greater confidence to provide optimal patient care.
  • Differentiate between types of wounds in order to ensure management and treatments are individualised for each person.
  • Evaluate wound dimensions and progress through effective assessment and documentation.

Target Audience

This Course is relevant to registered nurses and other health professionals working in all clinical areas in which wound assessment skills are required.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


Melinda Brooks

Melinda Brooks has worked in wound management for more than 20 years in a variety of settings from the Victorian Adult Burns Unit to community nursing to research and lecturing in wound care at both Monash and Latrobe Universities. Melinda works in private practice as a nurse practitioner in wound management, following her endorsement in 2013. Her work is mainly in aged care and the community, providing consultancy and education. In 2016, Melinda and two colleagues began 'Wounds R Us' – a collaboration that provides wound management education to clinicians around Melbourne. Melinda has presented at many state and national conferences and thrives on teaching others about the importance of holistic wound management. Melinda is currently a member of the Wounds Australia Education Pillar and committee member of the Wounds Australia national conference 2018.

Wound Assessment
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Wound care
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
CPD Points
32 minutes of CPD
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