11:13pm Tuesday 28 January 2020

Reducing the burden of leg ulcers

Dr Weller applies the 3L tubular bandage to a VLU patient.The seminar incorporates clinical practice, research and future directions when dealing with chronic venous leg ulcers. The ulcers are often found on the lower leg and ankle and common causes or risks include poor circulation, age, varicose veins, smoking, deep vein thrombosis and venous disease.

Victorian Minister for Health David Davis and the Dean of Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Professor Christina Mitchell, will deliver a keynote address.

Dr Carolina Weller, from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, said venous leg ulcers were a common problem that had a considerable impact on people’s health, quality of life and health care costs.

“Chronic wounds, known as Venous Leg Ulcers (VLUs), are a common debilitating and painful medical condition, which require specialist care,” Dr Weller said.

Dr Weller applies the 3L tubular bandage to a VLU patient.

“This is the first annual seminar of a ten-year commitment where wound care providers, researchers, industry partners and policy makers collaborate to decrease the future burden by 50 per cent and improve health services.

“The seminar provides a valuable platform for researchers and clinicians to discuss the advances in this area, to exchange new research, and progress the commitment to improving the quality of care for people with VLU.”

Treatment options usually include compression bandages, dressings and surgery.

Dr Weller’s recent research found three-layer tubular bandaging significantly improved healing, minimised recurrence of the wound and was more affordable than standard single layer bandages.

Dr Weller said VLUs were a significant yet under represented burden to patients and healthcare professionals, affecting the elderly and patients aged from their 40s due to the rise in obesity, diabetes, and chronic venous insufficiency.

Key presenters also include renowned leader in wound healing treatment and research, Associate Professor Geoff Sussman OAM, President of the Australian Wound Management Association Dr Bill McGuiness, and Head of Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Professor John McNeil.

The conference will include sessions on the argument for a VLU registry, improving VLU prevention and management and lobbying government to support patients suffering from chronic wounds.

The Inaugural Monash University Venous Leg Ulcer Seminar ‘A call to action: Reducing Venous Leg Ulcers by 50 per cent in the next 10 years’ will be held on Friday 16 August.

For more information, visit the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences website

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