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Wound Management: A Practical Guide

  • : Mildura VIC 3500

Two-day Seminar: Includes Healing, Leg Ulcers, Chronic Wounds, Diabetes, Wound Bed Preparation, Inflammation and Infection, Dressings and much, much more…



Wound Management is an essential and very popular seminar for all nurses and other healthcare practitioners. It is based on evidence and includes updates relating to foundation principles for effective wound management. Subjects include:

  • Best practice in the assessment and management of chronic and acute wounds
  • Appropriate therapies such as dressing selection, nutrition, compression therapy and bandaging
  • A strong focus on foundation principles of wound management
  • How to incorporate a person-centred approach to care

Ausmed has educated thousands of nurses and other health practitioners across Australia on this topic. The lecturers are popular and extremely adept educators who are consistently very highly evaluated. Improve your understanding of wound management by attending this popular event.


Need for Program


There is a growing gap between known best-practice wound management and current wound care. Many practitioners are required to care for people who have wounds as part of their clinical role. As new evidence is rapidly emerging about this area of professional practice it is essential that education be made available to those whose practice includes wound management.

New wound management products are entering the market each year which are increasingly sophisticated, meaning that practitioners need clarity and guidance regarding their use and efficacy. Wound management knowledge and practices must be regularly updated in order to maximise opportunities for healing, reduce the overall impact on the patient and help to reduce the duration and cost of care.

It is therefore essential that practitioners have regular access to up-to-date, evidence-based information on best-practice wound management if they are to be effective in achieving desired patient outcomes.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this foundational program is to educate nurses about best-practice wound management. It is also intended to provide practitioners with up-to-date information, tools, resources and strategies relating to wound care that can be immediately implemented in the healthcare setting.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Correlate knowledge of the aetiology of common chronic wounds and related pathophysiology with factors that impact on healing
  • Determine a systematic approach for assessing and managing a wound to optimise healing
  • Apply best-practice principles in the selection of dressings
  • Critique different approaches to managing a range of acute wounds
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Wound Management - The Big Picture

    This introductory session looks at modern wound management – the challenges of wounds, trends in care, best-practice resources and how this program will address these issues. Topics include:

    • What is the burden of chronic wounds in today’s society?
    • How does the healthcare system impact on person-centred care?
    • Why do best-practice resources significantly help in planning management?
    • How will these two days be structured to enhance your knowledge of wound management?


    The How and Why of How Wounds Heal...or Not

    Refresh your knowledge on the process of wound healing and discover the latest information about the factors that delay or impede effective outcomes. Topics include:

    • What is a wound?
    • How do wounds heal?
    • What delays or prevents healing?

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Principles of Chronic Wound Assessment

    CCompetent assessment of a chronic wound is imperative for correct management. Assessment involves a range of considerations including the wound, the person and their environment. Topics include:

    • What tools can you use to ensure you do not miss anything during your assessment?
    • How do personal characteristics and the environment impact on wound healing?
    • How do you document your assessment?
    • How do you know if the wound will heal or not?
    • What are your goals of care and how do you set them?


    Pressure Injuries - Meeting Standards of Care

    The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) Standard 8 ‘Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries’ requires ‘Clinical leaders and senior managers of the health service organisation [to] implement evidence-based systems to prevent pressure injuries and manage them when they do occur….’ (1) This session will provide the relevant knowledge and identify resources to assist practitioners to meet these standards. Topics include:

    • What strategies can be used to prevent pressure injuries?
    • How do I know it's a pressure injury – including staging?
    • What is the management of a pressure injury?

    1:00pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Leg Ulcers – Venous, Arterial and Mixed Ulcers

    Today in Australia it is estimated that 400,000 people suffer from venous leg ulcers. There is a strong body of evidence that describes how these ulcers should be managed, but the gap between evidence and practice is wide. This session will clarify how to manage leg ulcers according to the evidence for best outcomes. Topics include:

    • What causes leg ulcers?
    • What is the difference between a venous and an arterial ulcer and why is this differentiation very important?
    • How do mixed ulcers manifest?
    • What is the current best practice for leg ulcer management?

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Compression Therapy for Venous Ulcers

    Applying compression therapy is not as straightforward as it seems, although it is the cornerstone of venous leg ulcer management. This final session of Day One will round off some practical aspects of venous ulcer management and will describe the underlying principles of compression therapy. Includes:

    • What level of compression is required?
    • What types of compression are available?
    • Should compression therapy be worn in bed?
    • Are there any dangers associated with this therapy?
    • How do you apply compression?

    4:00pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Acute and Difficult Wounds, including Skin Tears and Minor Burns

    Some wounds are acute and need urgent and appropriate care to facilitate healing. This session will look briefly at a range of acute wounds associated with sudden tissue disruption and damage. Topics include:

    • Minor burns
    • Skin tears
    • Skin grafts and donor sites
    • Surgical wound management
    • Skin cancers


    Diabetes and High Risk Feet

    Diabetes is the fastest growing condition in the world. Badly controlled diabetes leads to a raft of health problems, including ulcer development and poor healing. This session focuses on the effects that neuropathies and peripheral arterial disease have on the human body and why these cause so many problems once a wound develops. Topics include:

    • When a person has complications of diabetes, what pathophysiological changes can be expected?
    • How does this impact on the development of a wound and wound healing?
    • What are the wound management implications for people with poorly controlled diabetes?
    • What is the role of inter-professional management?

    10:45am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Wound Bed Preparation

    There is a global approach to the local management of a wound called the 'TIME' principles. These principles are helpful in giving a structured guide to the assessment and management of a wound, known as 'Wound Bed Preparation'. This session will examine the 'TIME' principles in some detail.

    Session One
    Tissue management - cleaning and debridement

    • What are the best methods for cleaning a wound?
    • What role does debridement have in wound cleansing?

    Session Two
    Inflammation and infection

    • What impact do inflammation and infection have on wound healing?
    • What role do antibiotics and antiseptics have?

    Session Three
    Moisture management

    • What is a 'moist' wound?
    • What is the function of wound exudate?

    Session Four
    Edge of the wound and the surrounding skin

    • What does the edge of the wound tell you about the wound?
    • Does the condition of the surrounding skin impact on wound healing?

    1:15pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Dressings – Getting the Wound Environment Right

    Dressings do not heal wounds. However, dressing selection is an important part of the overall management of the wound environment. A plethora of wound management products exists and this session will take a function-based approach on how to select the right dressing for the right wound. Learn:

    • How wound dressings are classified according to function
    • How to select the right dressing for the right wound
    • When is it time to modify the dressing regimen?
    • How to choose a basic range of products for your workplace

    3:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Putting It All Together

    Using case scenarios this final session will give you an opportunity to relate your learning to practice. Includes:

    • Consolidating the seminar program into practice
    • Taking your knowledge back to your workplace
    • Sharing your knowledge with others

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Geoff Sussman

    Geoff Sussman

    Geoff Sussman holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University and he has been a faculty member of the summer school on wounds at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research, clinical practice and teaching, and is the founder of the Wound Foundation of Australia. He was the inaugural Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2000-2004 and the Chairman of the Education Commission of the World Union from 2004 to 2008. He is associate editor of the International Wound Journal, a member of the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research Journal, and is a member of the advisory committee for Post Graduate Wound Care education, including Masters of Wound Care at Monash University. He was awarded an OAM in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2006 for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician and in the sports of gymnastics and diving. He was recognised at the 2008 World Wound Healing Congress in Toronto with a lifetime achievement award for his work in wound management.

    Sue Templeton

    Sue Templeton

    Sue Templeton is the Nurse Practitioner Wound Management for RDNS SA Ltd. Sue has been involved in wound management since 1987 and has extensive experience in hospital and community sectors, managing individuals with a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Sue is involved with Wounds Australia (formerly AWMA) at both a national and state level and has held several leadership positions. Sue delivers clinical care to individuals with wounds, provides clinical consultancy services, develops and delivers education to health practitioners, develops policies and tools, publishes and presents, and is involved with several significant projects and boards at a local, state and national level. Sue is passionate about improving quality of care and achieving optimal outcomes for all persons with a wound.

    Wound Management: A Practical Guide
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    10 hours 45 mins
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    10 hours 45mins
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    Mildura VIC 3500
    Mercure Hotel Mildura, 120 Eighth Street
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