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“New technology tackling Australia’s hidden affliction of chronic wounds”

18 October 2017

Breakthrough health service Wound Innovations is using the latest technology to tackle Australia’s ‘hidden affliction’ of chronic wounds, which won’t heal or recur.

Few people are aware that chronic wounds are a serious health issue in Australia, impacting nearly half a million people a day and costing the health system $3 billion annually. The number of sufferers is expected to soar due to Australia’s ageing population, as people aged 65+ are most at risk.

 

“Wounds Australia calling for action on out of pocket costs of wound care during Wound Awareness Week”

17 October 2017

Wounds Australia is calling on the Australian Government to take action and reduce the out of pocket costs of wound care.

During Wound Awareness Week, which runs from 16 to 20 October, Wounds Australia will draw much needed attention to the cost of chronic wounds. Few people are aware that chronic wounds are a serious health issue, impacting nearly half a million Australians a day and costing the health system $3 billion annually. The number of sufferers, and associated costs is expected to soar due to Australia’s ageing population, as older people aged 65+ are most at risk.

 

“Man who narrowly avoided amputation after a wound became infected calls for Australians to ‘Be Wound Aware’”

17 October 2017

Melbourne resident John Cocomello is calling for Australians to recognise the serious risk of chronic wounds during Wound Awareness Week, after he nearly lost his leg when a scratch became infected. Running from 16 to 20 October, Wound Awareness Week is drawing attention to Australia’s ‘hidden affliction’ of chronic wounds, which are wounds that won’t heal or recur. Nearly half a million Australians a day suffer chronic wounds, costing the health system around $3 billion each year.

 

“Wounds Australia releases new guide for health professionals”

16 October 2017

Wounds Australia has released a new publication to support healthcare professionals apply aseptic technique in wound care to assist in preventing infections.

 

 “Call for Australia’s ‘hidden affliction’ of chronic wounds to be recognised as a serious health issue as number of sufferers soars”

16 October 2017

Wounds Australia is calling for Australia’s ‘hidden affliction’ of chronic wounds to be recognised as a serious health issue this Wound Awareness Week - with the number of sufferers set to soar as Australia’s population ages.

 

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Medical check-up: This week’s health news - The West Australian, 20 October 2017

Nearly half-a-million Australians a day suffer chronic wounds, costing the health system an estimated $3 billion a year, according to Wounds Australia. Due to a lack of awareness, too many people were not getting the right treatment, said podiatrist Kerry May, of Epworth Eastern Hospital.

 

Checkup Medical Column for Oct 20 - SBS, 20 October 2017

Australians are being asked to be 'wound aware' and seek prompt treatment to avoid potentially nasty complications such as amputation.  Nearly half a million Australians a day suffer chronic wounds, costing the health system an estimated $3 billion a year, according to Wounds Australia.

 

Wound Awareness week encourages people to look for warning signs - The Examiner, 20 October 2017

Wounds aren’t sexy but they are a part of life. That is the message from Launceston General Hospital (LGH) nurse practitioner for wound management Clarissa Young, who is encouraging more people to be ‘wound aware’.

 

Denise Drysdale Wound Awareness Week Ambassador - The Advocate, 19 October 2017

The surprising statistics around the lack of care for wounds have inspired TV personality Denise Drysdale to speak up for Wounds Australia.

Ms Drysdale is the ambassador for Wound Awareness Week and is asking the Australian public to be wound aware.

 

Older Australians Warned not to Ignore Small Wounds - WIN News Shepparton, 17 October 2017

Older Australians are being warned not to ignore small wounds and always get them checked.

The advice comes as part of National Wound Awareness Week, urging all of us to treat cuts and abrasions, as serious health issues.

 

Wound Awareness Week Interview with Denise Drysdale, Wound Awareness Week Ambassador - Talking Lifestyle (3AW/2GB), 17 October 2017

There has been a call for Australia’s ‘hidden affliction’ of chronic wounds to be recognised as a serious health issue as the number of sufferers soars. Denise Drysdale joins Ed on Better Living to discuss.

 

Wound Awareness Week Interview with Anne Buck, CEO of Wounds Australia - Health Professionals Radio, 17 October 2017

In today’s interview, Anne Buck from Wounds Australia talks about Wound Awareness Week, the causes of chronic wounds as well as what can be done to prevent them.

 

Brushing up on aseptic technique in wound care - Aged Care InSite, 17 October 2017

Health professionals hoping to learn more about aseptic technique in wound care now have access to a new consensus document by Wounds Australia. Chief executive Anne Buck said the publication will help clinicians provide evidence-based wound care and meet infection standards, whether they are working in a hospital or someone’s home.

 

 Brushing up on aseptic technique in wound care - Nursing Review, 17 October 2017

Health professionals hoping to learn more about aseptic technique in wound care now have access to a new consensus document by Wounds Australia.

 

"Six things to know about difficult wounds" - Pharmacy News, 16 October 2017

Pharmacists are being urged to single out anyone who comes into their store with a bandaged leg.  “Ask them how they are going,” says Wounds Australia spokesperson Kerry May.  Ms May, a podiatrist, says more than 42,000 Australians over 60 have a venous leg ulcer.

 

"New tool better supporting care of wounds at end of life" - Australian Ageing Agenda, 11 October 2017

Eastern Palliative Care (EPC) in Victoria has developed the client-centred Wound Assessment Tool for specialist palliative care to increase staff knowledge and practices and better meet the psycho-social needs of patients and their carers.

 

Call for greater wound awareness - National Seniors Australia, 12 October 2017

Chronic wounds, including leg ulcers, affect nearly half a million people a day and older people are most at risk, according to peak body for wound care and management, Wounds Australia. Award-winning TV personality and life member of National Seniors, Denise Drysdale, is helping to raise awareness of the hidden affliction of chronic wounds in the lead up to Wound Awareness Week from 16-20 October.

Denise busts wound myths

Denise talks wound myths during a segment on Channel 10's Studio 10 in September.

Christophers story: Healing through compression

Watch Christopher's amazing journey - from 15 years of a leg ulcer through to healing in 10 weeks with best practice care.

Wound Awareness Week 2017 Offical video

Densie Drysdale reminds us to know to warning signs of wounds. Get the right treatment - and start enjoying your life!

Live on Studio 10:
October 19th 2016

Wound Awareness Week was featured live on Studio 10 on October 19th 2016. Joining Denise, Sarah and Joe on the couch are Wounds Australia and the Wound CRC's Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts and Christopher Davenport.

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