Wound care

Improving evidence-based assessment, management and prevention of skin integrity and chronic wounds.

Research areas

We conduct a program of research looking at the science and practice of skin integrity and wound care to improve treatment and increase quality of life for people with skin integrity issues and chronic wounds.

Intensive care skin integrity

Developing evidence-based approaches to nursing care and skin integrity management for patients in intensive care.

Models of wound care

Creating, implementing and evaluating new models of wound care to reduce the prevalence and severity of wounds.

Innovations in wound care

Researching the science of wound healing in chronic wounds to improve treatment, save time and resources, and reduce patients' pain, distress, and lifestyle limitations.

Champions for Skin Integrity model for wound care

QUT nursing researchers developed a comprehensive model of wound care that reduces the prevalence and severity of wounds in residents of aged-care facilities, and increases confidence and knowledge among health professionals involved in wound care.

The Champions for Skin Integrity (CSI) model for wound care incorporates a range of strategies that involves residents, families, and care providers, and is supported by clinical decision-making support systems. Local champions are identified and trained as key support for healthcare staff. Information is easy to access with hands-on training, documentary reminder systems, and audit and review cycles.

QUT team: Distinguished Emeritus Professor Helen Edwards, OAM, Dr Kathleen Finlayson, Dr Christina Parker, Adjunct Professor Anne Chant, and Mr Lokeesan Vignesvarajah.

Staff and teaching roles

Our internationally recognized skin integrity and wound care research team are experienced researchers with records of leading and working with interdisciplinary teams and industry.

Distinguished Emeritus Professor Helen Edwards OAM leads QUT’s Wound Healing Research Group. She focuses on clinical and educational interventions related to ageing and chronic disease. Professor Edwards has received significant national competitive funding, including National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council grants, to examine models of care for people with chronic leg ulcers, self-management of chronic disease, family care-giving, resident-staff interactions and the impact of quality of care on quality of life.

Professor Fiona Coyer is jointly appointed at QUT’s School of Nursing and at Critical Care and Clinical Support Services at the, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Her research covers patient and family perspectives of intensive care, nursing care and skin integrity in critically ill patients, with the aim of developing evidenced-based care of mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care. Fiona has taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate units. She currently coordinates NSB603 Introduction to Cardiothoracic Nursing.

Dr Christina Parker has been a registered nurse for 30 years, across hospital and community settings. She was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Primary Care Postgraduate Scholarship to study risk factors for healing of venous leg ulcers and her research has included translation of wound care evidence into practice, venous leg ulcer and diabetic foot ulcers.  Christina is the subject area coordinator for the Integrated Nursing Practice (off campus) stream and coordinates NSB608 Wound Care in Practice.

Dr Kathleen Finlayson is an Australian leader in wound healing and community outreach services with more than 30 years of experience in nursing and midwifery. Her research interests focus on preventing leg ulcers in patients with chronic peripheral vascular disease, and evaluating of health service models for patients with chronic wounds.

Recent publications

Parker, C., Finlayson, K., Edwards, H., & MacAndrew, M. (2020). Exploring the prevalence and management of wounds for people with dementia in long-term care. International Wound Journal, 17(3), pp. 650–659.