Special Initiative: Wound Care
We believe that every Australian with a wound should expect the same standard of care regardless of their geographic location, type of wound or health care provider.
The current health and economic burden of chronic wounds arising from diabetic complications and other comorbidities is a serious public health issue, affecting 400,000 hospital and residential-care patients and incurring $3 billion of treatment costs nationally. This health burden is likely to escalate significantly as Australians become older and with the projected increase in diabetes incidence.
It is widely acknowledged that there is an urgent need to address current wound care challenges and that better wound-management, based on evidence-based research, will improve patient outcomes and lower the health burden.
The AHRA National Wounds Initiative involves four projects:
- Determine the actual (not modelled) costs of wound care based on best practice-best product
- Update the 2016 National Wound Care Standards to include new guidelines and a self-audit tool
- Develop an integrated Training and Education Framework
- Plan for a coordinated program of research excellence.