Wound CRC Launches Wound Innovations: Clinical treatment, education and research facility
The Australian Wound Innovation Centre (Wound Innovations) is Australia’s premier facility solely dedicated to clinical wound treatment, education and research.
Wound Innovations, based in Spring Hill Brisbane, has an experienced management team with strong expertise in the fields of health administration, commerce and clinical treatment. Referrals are now open (as of January 2017) and can be made via contacting Wound Innovations at info(@)woundinnovations.com.au or visiting us at woundinnovations.com.au
The CRC launches Australia’s premier facility solely dedicated to clinical wound treatment, education and research.
Opening late January 2017, the CRC's translation activity offers a holistic service for patients, their carers and clinicians to improve wound outcomes. In addition, training for health professionals is offered to provide the latest, evidence-based treatment methods and approaches for wound management. the centre collaborates with health organisations to conduct research that advances wound knowledge and treatment.
Together, these activities combine to continue the incredible outcomes of the Wound CRC into it's next phase of operations.
Wound Healing Institute Australia (WHIA) is a new not-for-profit organisation formed as a spin-out from the WMI CRC and Participants WA Health, Curtin University and SilverChain.
WHIA is a realisation of the vision and investment of the WoundsWest Program. WoundsWest was an initiative of WA Health, Silver Chain Group and Curtin University who invested in creating and providing world class assets, services and research to the wound management community with a focus on Western Australian health and community services.
Through the vision of the Wound CRC, and in conjunction with WA Health, Silver Chain Group and Curtin University,
WHIA’s services and products are now available via whia.com.au, which include the following:
1. Accredited online wound education modules;
2. Nationwide telehealth wound management services;
3. Clinical audit services in wound management for a range of organisations;
4. World leading research in partnership with the Wound CRC; and
5. Health promotion, education and health services in wound management to rural, remote and indigenous communities.
Currently the costs of wound management in Australia are not well understood.
There is limited data available and it is not consistently collected. Without this information, health care policy makers, care providers, industry and patients are not able to make informed choices.
The University of Tasmania has joined the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (Wound CRC) as Participant for a venture of national significance.
University was chosen because of its strength in health research coupled with innovative use of data, along with a track record of working effectively at the interface of research and industry.
Under the two-year project, the CRC, University and industry partners would produce a database to capture, analyze and drive improvements in wound management at both a sectoral and individual level.
The database will be a resource of national and international importance.
The CRC insole technology in development uses a pressure-sensing fabric that sends a message to a smartphone warning of potential damage to
a diabetic’s feet.
An ulcer on the bottom of the foot can develop into an injury that penetrates to the bone and can cause chronic infections, open sores and eventually result in amputation.
The WMI CRC insole technology has the potential to reduce the incidence of ulcer recurrence among people living with diabetes, saving them from severe pain, possible amputation and incapacity.
Electronics in the insole will pick up changes in the
distribution of pressure applied in each step, which are
indicative of a wearer subconsciously favouring a foot or part of a foot. The electronics will then communicate wirelessly to the wearer’s smartphone at the point where the patient is at risk of foot damage.
The device can be used for multiple purposes, including diagnostic, preventive, rehabilitation, warning alert and performance measurement
© Wound Management Innovation CRC 2017