Wound Management Innovation CRC Cements a Legacy by Incorporating Wound Innovations

The Wound Management Innovation CRC (‘Wound CRC’) is proud to announce the incorporation and registration for one of its legacy vehicles, Wound Innovations. This will ensure Australia remains at the leading edge of optimal patient care through the delivery of clinical services, telehealth, education, credentialing and ongoing research.

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Dr Charlie Day, CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA) today said:

“The collaboration between researchers and industry that led to the Wound Management Innovation CRC and now to the incorporation of Wound Innovations demonstrates the fantastic potential of Australia’s innovation system. I welcome this development as demonstrating that Wound Innovations is well placed to continue their leading-edge work of providing exceptional outcomes to Australian patients well into the future.”

Prof Keith Harding (Wales, UK), the internationally renowned thought leader in wound management and Principal Advisor to the Wound CRC, joined in the celebrations:

“The Wound CRC in Australia has made huge strides in improving the research and educational standards around the subject over the past 8 years. It has also shown that the provision of a high quality evidenced based interdisciplinary clinical service can benefit many patients suffering from wound healing problems.

The announcement that the incorporation of Wound Innovations will continue the provision of such clinical care is excellent news for patients who have difficult to heal wounds and providers of clinical care.”

Wound CRC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ian Griffiths, today said:

“One of the most unique, and challenging, opportunities of a CRC is to translate research into real world output, often within a short funding period. Not all CRCs successfully establish incorporated legacy vehicles to continue beyond their funding term.

Our CRC revised our research and translation program four years ago, following our Third Year Review, to align with our future vision: a sustainable legacy that combines multiple innovations to address the gaps in the industry that are leading to the multi-billion dollar burden of wounds.
I am delighted that the Wound CRC has delivered on this significant output and we are continuing to go from strength to strength with Wound Innovations.

We have reached the nation through telehealth and clinical services, we have major health economics research studies underway and we have delivered education to thousands of front line professionals through online education, face to face workshops and seminars. We have built, and are about to launch, the nation’s first wound credentialing system that recognises and promotes excellence in wound management.

By incorporating, we enable the legacies of the CRC – clinical service, education, credentialing and research – to continue its journey objectively and independently, ultimately reducing avoidable hospitalisations and saving patients’ lives and limbs.”

The Wound CRC has been supported by the Commonwealth through the Cooperative Research Centres Programme since July 2010. With the CRC winding up operations, the establishment of Wound Innovations as an incorporated company limited by guarantee is both a significant outcome for the CRC and also a measure of confidence in the entity’s future. The Wound CRC provides a great example of the outcomes that can be achieved through the program and effective industry-research collaborations.

Media enquiries:
Shelley.morris@woundcrc.com

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