On the 22nd April 2015 the Australian Wound Management Association (Now Wounds Australia) lost an esteemed colleague, mentor and friend, Sandy Dean, who was widely recognised for making a difference in wound management and ultimately for people with chronic and complex wounds. Sandy was a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association, past AWMA National Nursing Representative, past President of AWMA Victoria and a leader in the field of wound management
Sandy played a vital role in educating others, caring for people with wounds and updating clinical practice guidelines to provide a foundation for future practice especially in the area of pressure injury prevention and in collaboration with her close colleague and good friend Cathy Young: gained world recognition as experts in hospital mattresses. Through this ground breaking investigation, including critiquing and classifying the quality of a foam surface, a minimum standard was set for clinicians to follow and changed practice in hospitals nationally which were included in the Pan Pacific guidelines for the prevention and management of pressure injury
Sandy's legacy provided the foresight to recognise the importance of supporting members to enhance their professional development through education and networking with other professionals particularly through attendance at major conferences
The Sandy Dean Memorial Grant is named in recognition and commemoration of Sandy's extraordinary work in wound management. Over the years, Sandy played a vital role in educating others, caring for people with wounds and updating clinical practice guidelines to provide a foundation for future practice especially in the area of pressure injury prevention. Her legacy provided the foresight to recognise the importance of supporting members to enhance their professional development through education and networking with other professionals particularly through attendance at major conferences.
The Sandy Dean memorial grant is aimed at supporting members to attend a State or International conference in the field of wound management to promote the networking and professional development Sandy was so very passionate about.
- Applicant has been a member of Wounds Australia for a minimum of 2 years.
- Applicant must not have received the grant within the previous 4 years of the current application to ensure equal opportunity and access for all Wounds Australia members.
- Submissions will be considered for applicants to attend their first National or international conference or for applicants who have not attended a conference for the past 3 years.
- The funding can be used for expenses directly associated with the conference and may include but are not limited to:
- Conference registration fees.
- Travel costs associated with attending the conference.
- Accommodation expenses associated with the period of the conference.
- The chosen conference must be related to wound management.
- The application must clearly describe the education aim, expected outcomes, and plans.
- The application must clearly outline the budgetary requirements that lists costs associated with the chosen conference, including:
- Expected total costs
- Funding being sought / obtained from other sources
- What the funding will be used for
- The application must clearly outline the capacity of the individual to fulfil the requirements of the education activity and grant requirements including past compliance of the individual with responsibilities of grant recipient.
Prior to awarding the grant, the potential outcome must be discussed with a member of Sandy’s family. It is important to keep Sandy's family abreast of any potential award and discuss any potential changes to the award.
To find out more about the guidelines click here.
To apply online click here or to download a printable application form click here.