The Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) Wound Education Program (WEP) is designed to provide AHWs with advanced knowledge, skills and confidence to manage patients with acute and complex wounds; particularly foot wounds as secondary outcomes of diabetes.

This interactive didactic learning program is highly suited to Registered Training Organisations providing undergraduate training for AHWs and for Aboriginal Medical Services wishing to upskill their staff across Australia and is intended to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous peoples with wounds by enabling evidence-based and best practice in wound management.
The aims of this program support and adhere to the principles outlined in the 1989 National Aboriginal Health Strategy NAHS. Broad consultation occurred with Indigenous Health and Registered Training Organisations, tertiary education providers, AHWs and clinical specialists to ensure the AHW WEP was developed and is delivered in a culturally safe and secure manner.
The AHW Wound Education Program covers:

  • Scope of Practice in wound management
  • Skin Anatomy and Wound Healing
  • Wound Assessment
  • Wound Management
  • Wound Dressings
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Lower Limb
  • Assessment of the Lower Limb
  • Leg and Foot Ulcer Management
    • Ankle Brachial Pressure Indices
    • Compression Bandaging
  • Conservative Sharp Wound Debridement
  • Minor burn management
  • Scabies
  • Patient education
  • Documentation
  • Inter professional practice

The clinical education and skills training provided is:

  • Supported by an illustrated workbook
  • Clinical skills workshops
  • Intrinsically linked to the AHW Online Module to sustain learning and support clinical practice