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Advanced wound management

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This two-day short course aims to support and provide the advanced level knowledge and skills required by clinicians who work across all healthcare sectors to manage complex wounds resulting in better health outcomes for patients. The sessions will look at evidence-based practice, wound pain management, nutrition and alternative therapies to manage wounds. This short course is designed for RNs who already have an essential knowledge of wound care principles.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.


RN member $327.00RN non-member $385.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • describe the strategies to manage aspects of burn wound care 
  • assess individuals ‘at risk’ of developing pressure injury 
  • describe types of debridement most commonly used in clinical practice 
  • initiate investigations and seek further interprofessional collaboration to manage complex wounds
  • assess pain intensity related to wounds and determine strategies to manage different types of wound pain
  • list the vitamins and minerals that play an important role in the wound healing process
  • identify the psychosocial impact of oncology and palliative wounds on the individual and family
  • explain factors that impact on the outcome of neuroischemic/ischemic foot ulcers
  • discuss a number of alternative therapies in wound management and the indication and advantage for each approach.

Program outline

Day 1


Registration and welcome


Refresher of basic wound workshop

  • wound healing process
  • acute and chronic wounds


Wound pain management


Nutrition and wound healing

  • lab tests
  • supplements
  • different diets and their effect on wound healing


Wound care for malignant and palliative wounds




Evidence-based practice – how to search the literature efficiently for evidence


Neuropathic and neuro-ischaemic foot ulcers


Afternoon tea break


Demonstration/practice session

  • lower leg assessment
  • sensory and motor nerve testing (with monofilament and tendon hammer)    
  • vascular assessment (alteration to skin, pulses, ABPI and Buerger’s test)
  • compression bandaging

Day 2


Burn wound management


Morning tea break


Wound debridement – AWMA guidelines


Alternative therapies to manage wounds

  • hyperbaric oxygen
  • cold laser therapy/low-level laser therapy
  • low frequency ultrasound therapy
  • skin substitutes and growth factors
  • electrical stimulation (E-STIM) therapy




Topical negative pressure (TNP)


Demonstration/practice session – TNP 


Afternoon tea break


Pressure injury prevention and management – updates 


Evaluation and close