This module examines the fundamental principles of wound assessment and management focusing on:
Skin anatomy and the physiology of wound healing; The different classifications of wound healing and the factors that prevent wounds from healing and Bacteria and Biofilms and their effect on wound healing.
The Introduction to Wound Management Module is designed to provide health professionals, paramedics and student health professionals with guiding principles on the physiology of wound healing and wound assessment and management.
This module has been developed specifically for Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHPs) to assist them in gaining the knowledge, skill, competence and confidence required to assess and manage patients with wounds, within their scope of practice.
The Aboriginal Health Practitioner Module is suitable for all Aboriginal Health Care employees who may look after people with a wound in community or clinic environments. It is also a great resource for all health professionals working collaboratively with AHPs in remote or rural Aboriginal communities.
This online course is for members of the Australian College of Remote and Rural Medicine and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The course comprises of the following modules:
- Introduction to Wound Management
- Fundamentals of Burn Management
- Comprehensive Foot Ulcer Management
- Lower Leg Ulcer Management
- Management of Malignant Wounds
- Perineal Care Module
- Assessment and Management of Pressure Injuries
- Essentials of Skin Tear Management
You can complete one or all of the modules over a 12-month period, with each module earning you 16 pts for QI & CPD Category 2 Activity (RACGP) or 30 PRPD points (ACRRM).
This module explores pressure injury assessment, management and prevention strategies including:
- Completing a pressure injury risk assessment, the tools recommended and how to conduct a skin assessment
- Classification of pressure injuries using the NPUAP/EPUAP/PPPIA pressure injury classification system and subsequent treatment for each stage of pressure injury
- Pressure injury prevention strategies such as suitable support surfaces.
This module provides foot assessment, management and prevention strategies for foot ulcers including:
- Foot ulcer epidemiology and the anatomy of the lower leg
- How to identify an ‘At Risk’ foot and determine differences between neuropathic and arterial ulcers
- Principles of conservative sharp wound debridement and the impact of diabetes on foot disease.
This module explores skin tear assessment, management and prevention strategies including:
- Skin tear risk factors such as advanced age, dependence for activities of daily living, and visible skin changes
- Maintaining a safe environment and effective handling techniques
- Classification using the Skin Tear Audit Research (STAR) Tool and dressing product selection.
This module outlines the emergency treatment of burns and includes the principles of:
- Burn injury assessment, burn first aid and referral criteria
- Emergency management of burn patients
- Burn wound management.
The burns module is suitable for all health and student health professionals working with clients/patients who have the potential to or have sustained a burn injury, from simple scalds to burns that require emergency management and fluid resuscitation.
This module has been developed specifically for Personal Care Workers to help them understand the importance of healthy skin and recognise the different skin conditions and injuries that can occur. This module explains how the skin works and discusses the causes of skin damage and how to reduce the risks of injury.The Healthy Skin Module is suitable for all Personal Care Workers working in either community or residential care facility environments. It is also a great resource for anyone who is caring for someone at risk of developing a skin injury, young or old.
This module explores leg ulcer assessment, management and prevention strategies including:
- Leg anatomy, calf pump physiology and leg ulcer aetiology
- Comprehensive contra lateral leg assessment
- Principles of leg ulcer management and correct application of compression bandaging.
The Lower Leg Ulcer Management Module is suitable for students and practicing health professionals wishing to learn about leg ulcer management. It is recommended for those working in domiciliary health services, residential aged care facilities, hospitals, wound or outpatient clinics and community health services.
This module explores the assessment and management of malignant wounds including:
- Skin cancer risk factors especially for Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Melanomas
- Characteristics of premalignant skin changes and pre-cancerous lesions
- Diagnosis and holistic management of the person with a malignant wound.
The aim of this online module is to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and understanding that is necessary to identify risks for perineal trauma. The module will also enable you to recognise and repair perineal trauma sustained during childbirth and advise women on how to relieve perineal pain.
The Perineal Care Module is suitable for all health and student health professionals working with women who have the potential to, or have sustained, perineal trauma.