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Wounds Australia (and formerly Australian Wound Management Association, AWMA) has published resources and information for members and other health professionals with an interest in wound prevention and management. These are available for electronic download. If you are interested in purchasing hard copies of any publications please email info@woundsaustralia.com.au

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Application of Aseptic Technique in Wound Dressing Procedure

This document has been developed by Wounds Australia to support healthcare professionals (HCPs) in the application of aseptic technique in wound dressing procedure. It is based on the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare and, Standard 3 - ‘Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections’ within the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

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Standards for Wound Prevention and Management (Third Edition)

Standards for Wound Prevention and Management (Third Edition)

The Standards for Wound Prevention and Management presented in this revised third edition provide a framework for promoting best practice in wound prevention and management as they reflect current evidence. The Standards are a valuable tool for guiding clinical practice and the development of policies, procedures and education programs. The aim of the Standards is to facilitate quality care outcomes for individuals with wounds or at risk of wounding.

It is the ongoing vision of Wounds Australia that these Standards will continue to be adopted by health care professionals, health care workers, educators and service providers across Australia, and that the challenge associated with validating and embedding the Standards across all practice and educational settings be taken up enthusiastically.


Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers

This guideline was developed by the Australian Wound Management Association and the New Zealand Wound Care Society. The guideline presents a comprehensive review of the assessment, diagnosis, management and prevention of venous leg ulcers within the Australian and New Zealand health care context, based on the best evidence available up to January 2011.

This guideline has been approved by The National Health & Medical Research Council and The New Zealand Guideline Group.


Venous Leg Ulcer Guidelines
Flow Chart
Patient information sheets

Please download and use the following information to assist in patient education.

Brief summary of VLU presentation and management The same information is available in two formats:

Detailed information on various aspects of VLU presentation, management and prevention Three comprehensive information sheets are available inA4 on the following topics:
What is a VLU?
Managing VLU
Preventing VLU



Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury

The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury has been developed by the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) and its subcommittee the Australian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel in partnership with independent, multidisciplinary experts throughout Australia and the New Zealand Wound Care Society, the Nursing Service, Ministry of Health, Singapore and Hong Kong Enterotomal Therapists Association.

Draft Version
Draft Version


Diagrams of Pressure Injury Stages are available in JPG format
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Photos of Pressure Injury Stages are available in JPG format
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Flow charts are available in JPG and PDF formats
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Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline

Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline is the result of a collaborative effort among the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA).

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Managing Wounds as a Team

Accessing the variety of health care services required by people living with a wound can be a complex and often confusing experience. Similar challenges are frequently faced by health care personnel as they seek to navigate the many referral processes to coordinate a package of services for a client. Whilst the term interdisciplinary care is frequently used in wound management literature, detailed descriptions and pragmatic solutions for the implementation and operation of these are frequently missing. Questions such as; "how is time allocated to team meetings?", "how should funding models be changed to accommodate a team approach?", "can varied access to a medical record be achieved?" or "what facilitates mutual respect in the team?" are often not addressed. The Managing Wounds as a Team position document attempts to address such deficits. It has been developed as a collaboration between the AAWC, AWMA, and EWMA and is aimed at providing pragmatic advise for clinicians wishing to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the service provided to the client.

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eHealth in Wound Care

This document aims to provide wound care clinicians with a rapid and structured overview of the key issues related to use of eHealth applications (telemedicine and telehealth) within wound care. This includes:

eHealth in Wound Care


Inventory of Wound/Skin Care products and devices

Other Publications


Wound Infection in Clinical Practice: Principles of Best Practice' (2016)

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  Use of Oxygen Therapies in Wound Healing




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