Chronic wound management

Wound management is provided across all care settings in NSW. The Leading Better Value Care chronic wound management initiative focus is to improve the management of wounds that do not heal in a timely manner. These are classed as chronic wounds. They include skin tears, pressure injuries, autoimmune/dermatological conditions, diabetic foot ulceration, compromised surgical wounds and leg ulcers.

Many patients with a chronic wound are debilitated, immobile and in pain and they feel isolated and self-conscious. These factors impact their employment, relationships and daily life.

Costs associated with treating chronic wounds are significant for patients and for the system. Treating chronic wounds in emergency, admitted and non-admitted settings are expected to cost $3 billion over the next ten years.

Snapshot of chronic wound management in NSW, 2019

1.6 million
service events for
outpatient care


Leading Better Value Care Standards for Wound Management 2019

Standards for delivering appropriate chronic wound management in NSW.

View standards

For clinicians and services

What to improve

Read about the four clinical priority areas for improving the prevention and management of chronic wounds:

  1. risk identification and prevention
  2. ongoing holistic assessment
  3. treatment and management plan
  4. enablement and partnerships

How to improve

Explore four options to provide wound management in different service delivery settings to improve the management of chronic wounds.

  1. Multidisciplinary team-based model
  2. Wound specialist-led model
  3. Virtual care (telehealth) model
  4. Primary care partnership model (Healthcare Neighbourhood)

Additional resources

Evidence review to inform chronic wound management organisational models of care

The consumer experience of living with a chronic wound

Living with a chronic wound

Person-centred care is important to people living with chronic wounds

Evidence-based management improves chronic wounds

Patient-reported measures (WOUND-Q©)

If you wish to use this survey separate from NSW Health PRM Program or HOPE IT Platform, you are required to sign a license agreement with the authors, WOUND-Q©.

Organisational chronic wound management self-assessment

More information about the Chronic Wound Management Initiative

Contact us

Email or join us as a member of the Chronic Wound Management Community of Interest.

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