The impact of chronic
wounds in Australia

Wounds are estimated to affect more than 433,000 people in Australia and cost the healthcare system more than $2.85 billion per year.

Wounds can affect people of any age, yet unfortunately, prevalence increases with age. As the proportion of Australians aged 65 years and over continues to increase, the demand for trained wound clinicians, advanced wound care services and wound treatment, will also increase.

Fast facts:

  • Wounds are estimated to affect up to 5-10% of people over 80 years of age in Australia (approximately 3.5 million people)
  • Average duration of leg ulcers is a year or more
  • 60-70% of patients have recurrent ulcers and most suffer from the condition for 15 or more years
  • Foot ulceration affects 15-20% of all individuals with diabetes and precedes up to 85% of amputations in this patient group
  • The average age of lower limb amputation in Australia is 65-79

“It is our mission to establish world-leading, patient-centred, evidence-based, specialist wound services to ensure that all patients, regardless of where they live, have access to the expert care they require,”

Dr Michelle Gibb, Clinical Director, Wound Innovations.

A better model of care

Wound Innovations recognises the prevalence of wounds in our community and the impact that a chronic wound has on the individual, their carers and family and the healthcare system.

Traditionally, there has been a lack of practical education and training for health professionals in the speciality of wound management. Treatment has also been decentralised and not offered as a team approach with combined expertise from a range of different clinicians. Wound Innovations aims to address the urgent and serious health problem of chronic wounds and claim centralised responsibility for improving wound care across Australia.

Please contact us for more information.