Often we think of wounds as sores or cuts, however non healing or chronic wounds are a serious health concern, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and costing our health system billions. One type of chronic wound is a leg ulcer. These wounds, on the lower leg, can start out as a small scratch and ulcerate and not heal. Some people have these wounds for years and years.
Over the past few decades, research and treatment into wounds has changed the way you should look after a chronic wound. For instance, healthcare professionals do not recommend letting your wound ‘dry out’ or expose to sunlight, as this actually slows and damages the healing process.
In 2017 we joined with Wound Awareness Week Ambassador Denise Drysdale, asking the Australian public to ‘Be Wound Aware’.
Wound Awareness Week is a joint collaborative project between Wounds Australia and the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (Wound CRC). Find out more what our organisations are doing for improving wound management:
Australia’s twice awarded Gold Logie television personality, Denise Drysdale, backed the 2017 awareness campaign as an ambassador with Wounds Australia
Every day, nearly half a million Australians suffer from a chronic wound with the cost of managing this close to $3b annually. Despite this, wounds remain a silent epidemic. Wounds can affect people at any stage of life, however the most concerning are wounds that don’t heal, and go on to ulcerate, such as venous leg ulcers.
However, these wounds are completely treatable with the right care from a healthcare professional who is up to date with evidence based, best practice treatment.
Wound Awareness Week is a joint collaborative project between Wounds Australia and the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre. The week's focus is one of advocacy directed at the general public and consumers to gain increased awareness of wounds.