Credentialing

WOUNDS AUSTRALIA CREDENTIALING PROGRAM

Wounds Australia is pleased to announce that it will be launching a Credentialing Program for wound professionals in October 2019.

Wounds Australia is the peak body for wounds and the national standard setting organisation for wound management in Australia. The Wounds Australia Credentialing Program is for those health professionals who have been practising wound management as specialists in the field. 

The Program is a voluntary self-regulation opportunity for recognition as having met established professional standards in wound management.

A project to develop the Wounds Australia Credentialing Program has been in progress since August 2018. A Credentialing Committee, comprising leading wound care experts, is overseeing the development of the Program, including wide consultations with the sector.

Wounds Australia recognises that:

•  Wound Management is diverse

•  Wound Management is a multidisciplinary practice

•  Wound Professionals are broad in the extent of their knowledge and practice in wound management

•  Wound Management professionals may expand or extend their practice or contribution to wound management development


The Program will offer two categories of credential:

Wound Australia Credentialed Wound Professional (WA-CWP)

Wounds Australia Credentialed Advanced Wound Professional (WA-CAWP)


Wound Australia Credentialed Wound Professional (WA-
CWP)
The Wounds Australia Credentialed Wound Professional demonstrates an ongoing commitment to evidence-based practice and the development of wound management in accordance with Wounds Australia standards. The Credentialed Wound Professional is a clinical health practitioner in any setting where there are patients requiring wound management. The Credentialed Wound Professional works in collaboration with or liaises with other experienced health practitioners regarding wound management, mentoring and ongoing education. 

 

Wounds Australia Credentialed Advanced Wound Professional (WA-CAWP)
The Wounds Australia Credentialed Advanced Wound Professional demonstrates an ongoing commitment to evidence-based practice and leading the development of wound management in accordance with Wounds Australia standards. The Credentialed Advanced Wound Professional is a health practitioner whose focus of practice is primarily wound management and advice. The Credentialed Advanced Wound Professional may contribute to wound management development through a range of leadership actions such as participation in Wounds Australia projects, advocacy, the education of others, contribution to policy and related health decision making, and research.

Further information about the program will be made available prior to the launch. Application will be open online after the launch of the program. 


THE BENEFITS OF CREDENTIALING

A range of benefits for health professionals, patients, community and health services have been identified.

The Wounds Australia Credentialing Program benefits include:

•  Wounds Australia recognition of your professional knowledge, experience, and scope of practice in wound management

•  A wound management credential awarded by the peak professional body which is a nationally recognised standard

•  Promotion of your enhanced credibility and guidance in wound management across a range of patient management situations

•  Patient confidence in a safe wound management experience provided by a Wounds Australia credentialed health professional

•  Contribution to improvements in clinical governance and patient outcomes with economic effects

The Wounds Australia Standards for Wound Prevention and Management (3e, 2016) underpin the expectation of health professionals who are awarded a credential.