HESTA Aged Care Award for Master of Wound Care graduate Camille Koch

A desire to prevent hospitalisation from wounds has landed Camille Koch the 2016 HESTA Aged Care Individual Distinction Award.

A Registered Nurse, Camille works for Macedon Ranges Health in Victoria. The award recognises her work improving wound management through the establishment of a multi-disciplinary Wounds Resource Team, leading to improved practice, a reduction in the severity of wounds and better documentation.

After identifying a gap, Camille took the initiative to research and implement changes to existing wound management practices. She has become a champion for change to policies, procedures and documentation, ensuring the broader team at Macedon Ranges Health is educated on best practice wound management strategies.

Camille is currently completing her graduate diploma and intends to complete the master’s. She says that her study at Monash provided her with a more holistic view of wound prevention and management.

“Monash gave me the knowledge to successfully pursue innovation and change in my organisation, leading to improved quality of life for residents and clients.”

“I really appreciate Monash for being supportive of me throughout my studies. Balancing family, work and study can be challenging at times, however with supportive facility staff, study at Monash has been incredibly rewarding both professionally and personally"

Camille said she started her nursing career working in the acute care surgical ward, where she saw older patients with severe wounds.

“I really wanted to prevent residents from developing wounds that require hospitalisation. The Wound Resource Team aims to prevent and manage wounds holistically and in an evidence-based manner,” she said.

The Wound Resource Team now provides holistic and multi-disciplinary wound management and consists of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses (EN), Personal Care Assistants (PCA’s) Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, a Clinical Nurse Manager, Podiatry and District Nursing.

“This award acknowledges the work done by the whole Wound Resource Team. Macedon Ranges Health continues to support further innovation in wound management and prevention, bringing in a broad range of skills from specialist allied health professionals,” said Ms. Koch.