The research is aimed at developing best practice in wound management– allowing for shorter stays in high care facilities and hospitals and greater comfort to residents and patients.
The Federal Government has promised that a wound management research program will be a priority for future funding through the second round of Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care Program (EBPRAC). Individual projects will focus on federally-funded aged care homes.
By focusing on wound management, aged care homes will be able to use up-to-date evidence-based clinical practice to improve care for all residents. It is hoped that older people will benefit from having improved access to appropriate wound care management.
While some homes may have wound care management education for their staff, it is hoped that this new research program will encourage and support on-going education to ensure consistent development of best practice helps improve care for older Australians.