June 2022 edition : Leading Better Value Care
Northern NSW Local Health District are developing a more standardised, cost effective and efficient approach to best practice chronic wound management for patients. This includes linking with general practice and developing wound expertise in general practice teams.
In 2020, the district started implementing the Leading Better Value Care (LBVC) Wound Standards.
Wounds occur in every service, impact every directorate and extend into the community. Clinicians are frequently co‑managing wounds with General Practitioners (GPs), Residential Aged Care Facilities and other community based services.
Northern NSW worked with local GPs to identify issues and opportunities for improving wound management across their district. Three key issues were identified:
The district responded to these issues by creating a focus on wound product formularies and wound banks that help to:
NSW Health's Wound Care Formulary will support Northern NSW Local Health District to:
The goal is to develop a more standardised, cost effective and efficient approach to the delivery of best practice chronic wound management for patients and create clinical experts within general practice teams.