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Wounds Australia’s is committed to developing and driving change in the health and aged care systems to improve the health outcomes for people living with wounds, their families, communities and the highly qualified health care professionals who support, care and treat them.

The Wounds Australia Advocacy Program is built on evidence-based research and the expertise and experience of our members. Our plans and strategies have been developed to deliver results. Our focus is on driving much-needed change at the national, state, territory and local levels by working with Members of Parliament, Government Departments, wound care manufacturers and other important stakeholders.

Wounds Australia continues to expand our influence and impact with decision makers in order to deliver improvements in the prevention, treatment and management of wounds.

Wounds Australia’s Advocacy activities includes policy development, branding and key messages, media management and key activities such as Wounds Awareness Week and the Wounds Australia Conference.

Our 11 Point Plan to fight Chronic Wounds   identifies the challenges of wound care, current issues and – most importantly – the solutions that governments can adopt to support clinicians and those living with wounds.

Our 2022-23 Federal Budget Submission drills down into the essential actions the Government needs to implement to drive systemic change and improvements in wound prevention, treatment and management.

Both the 11 Point Plan and the Federal Budget Submission have been well-received and have bipartisan support.

Key solutions developed by Wounds Australia include:

  1. Medicare funding for the treatment of chronic wounds in primary health care
  2. Subsidised wound products (dressings and related products) for people at risk of venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and people aged 65+
  3. Raising awareness of chronic wounds through a public health campaign
  4. Wound care training for primary health care and aged care workforces, particularly in rural and remote areas.
  5. Mapping of care pathways for chronic wound care
  6. Introducing wound care modules into medical, allied health and aged care degrees and qualifications.

Wounds Australia, as the peak body for wound prevention, treatment and management, is focussed on delivering systemic improvements for health care practitioners , individuals living with wounds, their families and the communities in which they work and live.

To support Wounds Australia and the important work we do to drive change, contact our office on 1800 870 855 or email [email protected].

Raising Awareness

Our annual Wound Awareness Week is a critical national initiative that raises awareness of chronic wounds, works to reduce their impact, and highlights the invaluable work our members do in helping to heal wounds.

Underpinned by a national media campaign, the incredible work of our Ambassadors, staff and leadership group, the week helps raise awareness, educate and engage the public on the devastating impacts of wounds and the importance of prevention and best practice treatment and care.

Members and supporters of Wounds Australia are encouraged to participate and get involved in Wounds Awareness Week by organising local events and promoting Wounds Australia’s essential work.

For more information and ideas on how you can be involved go to Wound Awareness Week .

Be Part of the Conversation

Central to the success of the Wounds Australia Advocacy program is ensuring we have access to the most up to date, timely and relevant information relating to wound care practice, treatment, management and prevention. That’s where YOU come in!

The contributions of our members and supporters shape the development of real, sustainable solutions driven activities and policies, and helps us to identify the issues that are most important to you.

So be part of the conversation! Join Wounds Australia now and help us to drive positive change for Australians living with wounds.

Already a member? Actively participate in the development of our Advocacy program. Contact Wounds Australia at Join the Conversation