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20 July 2019

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IHBI’s Real Health free public lecture will focus on chronic wounds and treatment, diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers and the science of wound healing. 


Innovations in wound healing: QUT Real Health Public Lecture

IHBI’s Real Health public lecture focused on chronic wounds and treatment, diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers and the science of wound healing. 

The lecture explored innovations in wound care including:

  • Current care and what we know
  • Risk Factors 
  • Home care 
  • The basics of wound healing and future science

Speakers included:

Professor Helen Edwards OAM leads QUT’s Wound Healing Research Group. She focuses on clinical and educational interventions related to ageing and chronic disease. Prof 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. 

Dr Christina Parker has been a registered nurse for 28 years, including in hospitals and in the community. Dr Parker’s research involves working in multidisciplinary teams and partnering with industry. She was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Primary Care Postgraduate Scholarship to study risk factors for healing of venous leg ulcers.

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

Dr Tony Parker leads IHBI’s Tissue Repair and Translational Physiology Program, is a senior lecturer and has research in musculoskeletal and skin tissue injury and recovery. The research covers the mechanisms and biochemical implications of tissue injury and recovery processes and of health promoting physical activity.

Plus an expert panel consisting of:

  • 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.
  • Dr Dianne Smith is a senior medical officer in the Skin Integrity Service at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. The outpatient clinic provides an average of 1,700 outpatient wound consultations a year. Dr Smith advises on wound care for residents in residential aged care facilities and to general practitioners.
  • Kerrie Coleman is a nurse practitioner in wound management and was instrumental in setting up the Skin Integrity Service at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She manages an outpatient wound clinic, provides inpatient consultations, and advises for the Metro North Health Service District and across Queensland. 
  • Dr Peter Lazzarini is a podiatrist and a senior researcher at IHBI. Dr Lazzarini’s research includes treatment of foot disease, covering ulcers, infections and ischaemia; and foot disease hospitalisation and amputation.
  • Kim Kaim is a clinical nurse at St Vincent Private Hospital in Toowoomba. She runs an outpatient clinic for about 300 patients with new, chronic or high-risk wounds per year, the majority occurring as a result of venous insufficiency, diabetes or other neuropathy. Ms Kaim recognises that need out-paces resources in rural areas, igniting a passion for spreading wound management knowledge west of the ranges. 


A recording of the lecture will be available online early August. 

20 July 2019 - 20 July 2019
QUT Kindler Theatre
Room P419, Level 4, P Block 2 George Street
QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
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