Wounds awareness week: A $3 billion a year health issue

Few people are aware that chronic wounds are a serious health issue, impacting nearly half a million Australians a day and costing the health system $3 billion annually.

While we often think of wounds as a cut or break in the skin, chronic wounds are those that take more than three months to heal or are reoccurring.

The number of sufferers is expected to soar due to Australia’s aging population, as older people aged 65+ are most at risk.

To draw much needed attention to Australia’s “hidden affliction” of chronic wounds, Wounds Awareness Week will be held from October 16-20 this year.

Organisers Wounds Australia is calling on health professionals to focus on value for patients with chronic wounds to help tackle rising care costs.

Wounds Australia is the peak body for wounds care and management in Australia through advocacy, education and research. 

Gold Logie winning TV personality Denise Drysdale takes on a new role as Wound Awareness Week Ambassador.

The main message this year is “You don’t have to suffer in silence.”

For more information on Wound Awareness Week and chronic wounds, visit:

http://www.woundaware.com.au/