Establish a wound management clinic in general practice

An estimated 345,000 people in Australia live with chronic wounds costing the health system 2.85 billion annually. Wounds can result in long term pain, decreased mobility, lost productivity and reduced physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Chronic wounds are wounds that have not progressed through the stages of healing normally. They may heal at a much slower rate, heal only partially or

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Implement the T.I.M.E. framework for consistent wound assessment and documentation

The T.I.M.E. framework has been developed as a practical tool to assist practitioners when assessing and managing patients with wounds. Implementing the framework in general practice supports consistent approaches to wound assessment and documentation. T.I.M.E. stands for: Tissue management Infection or inflammation Moisture imbalance Edge

Increase the use of and confidence with teach-back

Teach-back asks patients to repeat their understanding (of medical information) in their own words. The patients “teaches back” what they have understood. A 2008 study concluded that patients prefer to restate their understanding of medical information and that they prefer a collaborative approach. The conclusion encourages clinicians “…who currently ask patients, “Do you have any

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