THE HON KEN WYATT MP
MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH
CADIDATE FOR LINGIARI
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
The Morrison Government is committing an additional $700,000 to the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery to develop educational resources and materials to assist in improving wound management.
The Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery is currently funded to deliver training workshops which includes up-skilling doctors, nurses, community health workers, first respondents and other staff.
The program is being delivered in Maningrida, Nhulunbuy and Wurrumiyanga, in the Top End of the Northern Territory.
Almost half a million Australians suffer from chronic wounds. If not treated correctly the wounds can take years to heal, greatly impacting quality of life, or lead to amputation and life-threatening diseases like sepsis.
Topics covered in the workshops include skin anatomy, wound assessment, skin healing principles, surgical equipment for wound care and its usage, administration of local anaesthesia and wound dressings for remote environments.
The additional funding will enable new educational resources and materials to be developed that will complement the training workshops, and allow the knowledge to be accessed by a wider audience.
The Morrison Government is providing $4.1 billion to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the next four years.