Why is Wound Awareness Week important?
Wound Awareness Week kicked off this week, featuring the campaign #LetsTalkAboutWounds.
Wound Awareness Week highlights the burden of chronic wounds on health care professionals, the system and on the general public. Most recent estimates show that wound care issues are costing Australian taxpayers up to $3 billion dollars a year. The campaign aims to generate conversation on healing wounds, identifying warning signs and highlighting risk factors for chronic wounds.
Peak body Wounds Australia are calling for increased funding and support, having announced a Five Point Plan to implement better strategies and reduce the burden on the existing system.
Lack of awareness on issues associated with wound care contributes to the financial burden on the healthcare system. Untreated or mismanaged ulcers can become chronic and cause ongoing health issues. Those most at risk are over the age of 60.
Across Australia, over 430,000 people would benefit from specialised wound care, leading to an increased demand for health professionals with specialised wound care skills. Whilst health professionals can provide short term care for wound treatment, long term care with a wound care specialist can improve a patient’s quality of life.
Monash University Master of Wound Care Course Director Adriana Tiziani says that wound care is an area which demands increased attention and support.
“We are really seeing the increased burden of wound care and related illnesses on the healthcare system. Health professionals who have a wound care specialisation can provide tailored management plans to optimise care for those with wounds,” said Ms Tiziani.
“A specialist program, like the Master of Wound Care at Monash University can upskill health professionals and hopefully support in easing the burden of wound care on patients and the system,” she said.
“This week really provides people with the opportunity to think about wound care and its importance in existing clinical practice.”