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Wound management

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This unit of study is designed to promote the development of advanced knowledge and skills in wound management. It revises the anatomy and physiology of the skin, examines the physiology of wound healing, wound assessment, principles of wound management and explores specific types of wounds and their management. Professional issues related to wound management practice are also explored. It encourages the use of current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice.

Wound management

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

PG unit of study






Tier 2

Prescribed text:

Carville, K 2012, Wound care manual, 6th edn, Silver Chain Foundation, Osborne Park, Western Australia.

Co-ordinated by: Kath Sharples MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system

a) Describe normal anatomy and the physiology of the integumentary system and apply this knowledge to the interpretation of clinical assessment findings

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Healthy skin/lesions and wounding

b) Discuss the maintenance of healthy skin and the risks to skin breakdown

Assessment 2: Quiz (10 questions)




Theme 3: Wound physiology

c) Identify and describe the pathophysiological processes of lesions and wounds

Assessment 3 Literature review

(1500 words)



Theme 4: Wound assessment

d) Describe the physiology of wound healing and apply this knowledge to wound assessment and management

Assessment 4 Case analysis

(3000 words)



Themes 5: Principles of wound management

e) Implement and rationalise appropriate management strategies in relation to the underlying pathophysiology and co-morbidities




Theme 6: Dressings

f) Critically reflect on professional issues and demands that impact on current wound management practice




Theme 7: Adjuvant and other wound therapies

g) Describe methods of wound assessment and apply these assessment methods to clinical practice.




Theme 8: Management of specific wound types

h) Critically reflect on current practice in relation to current literature and evidence in assessing and planning wound management





i) Promote a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to wound management




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.