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Regal Home Health & Wounds Australia Wound Management Scholarship 2017

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The state wound association was established in 1991 and has continued to grow in strength and membership numbers since this time. Associations such as wound care association of NSW (WCANSW) are built as a result of dedicated founders who share a vision to grow a sustainable organisation. The founders of WCANSW were a group of health care professionals who shared an interest of caring for patients who suffered from wounds. We acknowledge the hard work of all past committees that have created a framework to continue their work of continuing to raise the profile of wound management and improve wound care practice in the state of NSW.

Jocelyn McLean provided a little insight into our beginning of WCANSW and the following is what she recalled….

Jocelyn McLean was appointed CNC at Concord and facilitated a study day for nurses working in surgical areas and operating theatres in 1991. There were several topics which included burns management, stomal therapy and vascular care. The speakers on the day included Noreen Cubis, Heather Hill and Sue Monaro. They were recognised as expert clinicians in their various specialties which all involved wound care.

The study day was very well attended and included Brenda Ramstadius in the audience. Jocelyn recalls at the conclusion of the day a number of the presenters and attendees stayed on and discussed wound care which resulted in a wound group being formed. The committed colleagues launched the 1st states wound care group and organised the first conference which was the official beginnings of the WCANSW.

The first conference was hosted at the Novotel-Potts Point in Sydney. This meeting attracted large delegate numbers of 80 – 100 nurses. The specialty of stomal therapy greatly influenced the emerging wound care specialty. The availability of wound care products started to increase in Australian through companies who traditionally supplied stoma products also marketing wound care products. Stomal therapist started to combine wound care into their existing roles and training.

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