Wound Innovations to lead $5.25 million Aged Care research project with Flinders University and global partner Paul Hartmann Pty Ltd
With an increased focus on Wound Management in the Aged Care sector, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has announced funding for this Aged Care Technology CRC-P.
The project duration is 18 months with $1.5 million in Commonwealth funding and a total of $5.25 million.
With the current Royal Commission into Aged Care, the introduction of new Aged Care standards and reforms that now require mandatory reporting of pressure injuries (bed sores), there is an increased need for the advanced tools, training and devices to ensure older Australians do not suffer or die from these avoidable injuries.
Wound Innovations, Hartmann and Flinders University bring together a unique offering to enable this innovative research and will create a model for technology and service support for the Aged Care industry which will deliver benefits to residents, staff and Aged Care providers.
Wound Innovations was formed through the research of the Wound Management Innovation CRC and will now focus its expertise and collaborative network of Aged Care partners to address the challenge of managing and preventing pressure injuries.
Dr Anthony Dyer, Wound Innovations Chief Executive Officer, today said
“We are delighted to work with our partners to improve the health and quality of life for older Australians who suffer unnecessarily from pressure injuries”.
Hartmann is one of the leading providers of wound care products for patients and healthcare professionals around the world, offering effective solutions for wound healing, simplifying dressing selection for aged care nurses, and making life easier for patients.
The Australian Industrial Transformation Institute (AITI) at Flinders University is a national leader in industry and workplace innovation research. The AITI multi-disciplinary team undertakes industry, economic and workforce research in response to major change and will evaluate the impact and benefits of this project for the Aged Care sector.
“Transforming pressure injury diagnosis and healing in aged care through smart 3D camera automation” is one of 16 new projects announced under round 7 of the Australian Government’s CRC-P grants. The project will conduct research into 3D measurement systems for pressure injuries, producing a novel understanding and methods for quantitative diagnosis.
This non-subjective technique for pressure injury assessment will support the future of the Australian Aged Care sector by providing a unique tool for measuring pressure injury combined with the services and education to support wound management.