Media Release: Wound CRC Signs Capital Health Network As Participant

Left: Nurse Practitioner Juliet Scott, Nurse Practitioner Candidate Sharon Whalley, Gaylene Coulton, Dr Michelle Gibb and Dr Ian Griffiths at the Wound Innovations telehealth centre; Right:Dr Gibb and Dr Grifffiths providing a facilities tour of the education simulation room at Wound Innovations. 

Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (Wound CRC) has today announced the joining of Capital Health Network as Participant. This new partnership signifies the commitment of both organisations to be a model of exemplar primary health care outcomes, and a mutual confidence in the investment of the CRC’s future.

Capital Health Network (CHN), ACT’s primary health network, plays a pivotal role in supporting general practice, primary, aged care and community care services to better meet the health needs of the community.  CHN’s vision is for connected health and community care through better health, better care, better supported workforce and better value.

The CRC compliments this vision with enabling CHN to drive its service planning with health economics, industry integration and clinical expertise through the CRC’s Participant research capacities.

The relationship also enables immediate primary health outcomes.

The Wound CRC’s translation infrastructure, Wound Innovations, is the culmination of the nearly 8 year term of the CRC and provides research and evidence based clinical services, telehealth, wound advisory and research. It is this body through which the CRC will continue to not only conduct clinical research, but enable the provision of evidence-based, best practice clinical treatment for patients nation-wide.

CHN Chief Executive Gaylene Coulton visited the Wound Innovations facilities last month and trialled the nationally connected telehealth system along with a tour of the world class treatment facilities.

After meeting the acclaimed team and facilities, Ms Coulton expressed excitement for what the future holds for wound sufferers in the primary health sector, and together finding improvements outside of the traditional health sector.

Dr Griffiths today said,

“Today marks a significant step in the future of the CRC. Now in our translation phase, we are working to ensure there are minimal barriers for consumers accessing best practice, evidence-based care – the treatment our research has proven is essential to better wound outcomes.

We see CHN as a thought leader and great exemplar in primary health leadership. The CRC can benefit CHN and its members through health economics already built in the CRC to better exemplify the costs of wounds to the Australian nation, and to work on becoming partners in telehealth and access to expert multi-disciplinary teams specialising in wound care.

For the Wound CRC, today’s signing represents a solid belief in the future of the CRC. Together we have exciting opportunities and shared resources to close the gap between industry-led research and healthcare. “

“CHN looks forward to a collaborative partnership with Wound CRC in improving health outcomes for Canberrans” Gaylene Coulton said.

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