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WREN - DNS - BENDIGO Jun-Jul 2019

WREN - DNS - BENDIGO Jun-Jul 2019

Information Flyer:

Download from RWV Loddon Mallee Web Page


RNs and ENs currently work in a Public Sector Aged Residential Care Service (PSRACS) within RWV’s Loddon Mallee Region, where:

all residents are high-level care

residents are almost always cared for by RNs and ENs (not PCWs)


The reason for restricted eligibility relates to the grant type funding the program. Regional Wounds Victoria receives funding from the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and the HACC PYP (Home and Community Care Program for Younger People). The CHSP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Visit the Department of Health website ( for more information. The HACC PYP is funded by the Victorian Government.

 Pre-Education Modules:

To be completed by 10pm Sunday  9/6/2019

Depending on your level of knowledge and experience, these modules will take a total of between 3 - 9 hours. 

     * The level 1 module (paper based – download from RWV Loddon Mallee Web Page)

     *  ReHSeN  module: Compression Therapy in the Mx of Venous Leg Ulcers (3794)

    *  ReHSeN  module: Using a doppler to calculate ABPI (1828)


Please check you have access to the ReHSeN modules ASAP. 

If you don't have access, please ask the ReSHeN administrator at your health service to enable these free modules for you.  If you don't have ReSHeN at your health service, contact Lisa Hewitt bGhld2l0dCB8IGJlbmRpZ29oZWFsdGggISBvcmcgISBhdQ== to organise a registration. 


4 x Face-to-Face days

at The Foundry Hotel Complex, 2 Old High St, Bendigo (Golden Square)

Part 1: Tue 21st May & Wed 22nd May - Presented by Lisa Hewitt

Part 2: Mon  3rd June & Tue 4th June - Presented by Andrea Minnis with Lisa Hewitt assisting

The pre-education module quizes must all be successfully completed before entry to the face-to-face days is permitted.  The days are very full, so please arrive on time and don't plan to leave early. For all days:

9.00am- registration, coffee/tea & free networking

9.30am- Presentation starts promptly

4.00pm- Presentation finishes

Objectives of the Program 

1. Conduct comprehensive wound-related assessments and reassessments

2. Identify common aetiologies (including lower limb ulcers)

3.  Liaise with the client, their family and other members of the health care team to determine appropriate goals and coordinate a management plan agreed to by all involved.

4. Evaluate progress towards wound-related goals

5. Support the prevention of pressure injuries (PI), skin tears and incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD) on your unit.

6. Work with your unit manager to identify and address barriers to good wound management, and to support / educate other nurses to:

      a) Prevent PIs, skin tears and IAD

      b) Follow wound treatment plans

      c) Identify urgent wound-related problems

      d) Accurately document the appearance of wounds (e.g. when changing dressings)

      e) Stage PIs and Skin tears

About the Presenters:

Andrea Minnis - presenting on days 3 & 4 (Part 2)

Andrea is a Nurse Practitioner in wound management and has over 25 years experience working with clients with chronic and complex wounds and oedema. Andrea worked with Bendigo Health for over 18 years as a founding member of the Tissue Trauma and Wound clinic and established her private practice; Bendigo Wound Management in 2013.  Andrea provides specialist management to individuals with chronic and complex wounds and oedema and works closely local services, specialists and the TAC to provide support to complex clients across the region, as well as providing clinical support to Hospital inpatients, Nursing home and Hostel residents in the Bendigo and outlying regions. Andrea is a past President of the Victorian branch of Wounds Australia, was convenor of the 2016 Inaugural Wounds Australia conference, co-convenor for the2019 Victoria Wounds Australia conference and is a founding member of the Loddon Mallee Nurse Practitioner Mentoring Group. Andrea provides regular education in Bendigo and surrounding areas including an annual Seminar in Bendigo.  Andrea holds a Masters degree in Nursing (Research) and is passionate about improving community access to specialist wound management services and fostering the role of the Nurse Practitioner in wound management. Lisa Hewitt - Presenting on days 1 & 2 (Part 1) and assisting Andrea Minnis on days 3 & 4 (Part 2)

Lisa is a Bendigo Health employee who has been employed as the Regional Wounds Victoria (RWV) Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) for Loddon Mallee Region since 2008. In this role, she works collaboratively with staff in regional district nursing services and residential aged care services to improve wound management practices in their services. She is passionate about providing nurses with access the education and resources they need to ensure the people they care for are offered best practice wound management.  Lisa is past Regional Representative of the Victorian branch of Wounds Australia, and in that role worked with the committee to extend their Twilight Seminars in Melbourne to 18 regional sites around Victoria via live streaming.  Lisa has is an RN with over 30 years experience in a variety of settings. She developed a special interest in wound management in the 1990s and completed Cert. Stomal Therapy in 1998, Post Grad Cert (Wound Management) in 2006 and extended it to a Post Grad Dip (Wound Management) in 2012. 

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