WHIA’s Research and Evaluation Service is comprised of experienced researchers and clinicians who are highly skilled in wound and clinical audits and research in wound management. WHIA offers a range of consultancy services and tools to support organisations to conduct organisational assessments, clinical audits or wound prevalence surveys on a fee for service basis, the terms of which are defined within a Service Level Agreement.

Organisational assessments may include the design and conduct of:

  • Product evaluations
  • Needs analysis for
    o staff education and training
    o wound product and device formulary
  • Audits that assess compliance with national standards for wound management, clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements for wound management
  • Strategic planning exercises e.g. focus groups to determine organisational priorities in wound management

Surveys or clinical audits may consist of identifying:

  • Prevalence of wounds
  • Incidence of wounds; particularly organisation acquired incidence
  • Mattress and ancillary medical device capability
  • Compliance with recognised risk assessment and classification tools for pressure injuries, skin tears, diabetic foot ulcers
  • Documentation of wounds

Wound prevalence surveys are valuable tools for: identifying the number and type of wounds within a patients/client population; the proportion of facility acquired wounds; and, identifying whether any positive clinical effect occurred from interventions used to improve patient/client or health service outcomes.

WHIA offers a range of wound prevalence survey packages suitable for any clinical setting. Our wound prevalence survey methodology, which meet the regulatory needs of hospitals, community and aged care facilities have been widely adopted across multiple public, private aged and community settings across Australia and New Zealand. Data from wound prevalence and incidence audits are useful to guide strategic and operational planning for effective service provision that minimises the risk of adverse events and improves patient safety.

WHIA will work with your organisation to identify the most appropriate research methods to use to meet your organisation’s needs for research in wound management.

For further information please contact the Manager, Research and Evaluation.