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Wound care nursing project wins national award

By Karen Keast | Date Updated:
 

RDNS chief executive Stephen Muggleton

An initiative to create Victoria’s first state-wide approach to wound management has received national acclaim.

The Connected Wound Care Project, a partnership between the Royal District Nursing Service, the Victorian Department of Health and Regional Wounds Victoria, has been recognised with an Australian Institute of Project Management award for its outstanding achievements.

The project, which began in July 2010, developed nine wound health care guides and a diabetes foot kit in a bid to improve the management and prevention of chronic wounds, including leg and foot ulcers, pressure injuries and burns, across
Victoria.

The guides were developed for both nurses and patients, covering topics such as healthy eating for healing, skin care, activity and healing, and the use of footwear for patients with wounds or at risk of developing wounds.

The resources have now been distributed to 275 public healthcare providers, while the project has received requests from GPs and there has also been interstate interest in the project.

The project was designed to create a consistent, best-practice approach to manage and treat chronic wounds, connecting wound management clinical nurse consultants with the department, community care healthcare providers and the RDNS.

RDNS chief executive Stephen Muggleton said it was a significant award for RDNS staff, including project manager Pam Smedley and project officer Kylie Elder, along with project partners and particularly patients.

“It demonstrates that RDNS has the people and the skills to deliver important projects that lead to better health care,” he said.
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