AUGUST 2013

Monthly newsletter from Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency

Champions for skin integrity program

An invitation is extended to all residential aged care facilities around Australia to participate in the dissemination of the highly effective evidence based Champions for Skin Integrity program (CSI). 

The first stage of the project was developed and implemented by a consortium of seven residential aged care facilities across Qld and NSW and the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, led by Professor Helen Edwards. The success of this project in facilitating the uptake of evidence based wound management has led to Australian Government support of the national dissemination of the project.

The pivotal requirement for participating facilities is to identify a clinical leader with strong commitment to supporting implementation of evidence based practice in skin integrity and wound care, to become a Champion and CSI trainer.

This Champion would attend a workshop on the CSI model and use of the resource kit, with the expectation that skills and knowledge acquired at the workshops would be integrated into training future Champions. It is envisaged that the Champion, and their new team of CSIs would act as resource persons for advice and be the first point of contact for evidence based education and change management relating to skin integrity and wound care.

All residential aged care facilities will receive resource support including evidence based guidelines summaries; brochures for health professionals, residents and carers; tip sheets; flow charts; a comprehensive self-education DVD, wound dressing guide; role descriptions for champions, wound care networks and link clinicians, and templates to support administration, implementation and evaluation within their site.

To register interest or for further information please contact Dr Kathleen Finlayson, k.finlayson@qut.edu.au

Workshops begin in Sydney this month and are rolled out to the other states in coming months.

This project is funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing under the Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC) program.