AWMA Structure Review
To ensure the National and State/Territory wound management associations are best positioned for the future, AMWA has recently engaged Adelaide-based business advisory firm PKF to assist it with a review of the current structure of the national Association.
The aim of this review is to determine the best possible structure for AWMA that will ensure strength and growth, and position the organisation for the future.
As part of this review a survey is offered to all AWMA members who wish to provide their views on the current operations of the Association as well as areas for enhancement.
To complete the survey: please click on the following link or copy and paste the URL into your web browser to submit your response.
If you have any questions regarding this project please contact your state or territory AWMA representative.
Wound Management Associations in Australia are currently structured using a Federated model. The Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) is the parent body of the State and Territory Associations (with the exception of the Northern Territory, which is a branch of AWMA). The State and Territory Associations are autonomous and independent of AWMA. This Federated structure has served the Associations well to date. AWMA is keen to ensure wound management in Australia can continue to strengthen and grow and that the Association has a solid framework to develop and influence policy, practice and education.
In recent years AWMA has undertaken or commenced a number of significant projects to develop and promote wound management to benefit all Australians, including: its members, patients, clinicians and educators. The aims of this review are to: ensure AWMA can continue this work; commence new projects; and gain greater recognition and support for wound management and persons with wounds from governments and policy makers.
The success of AWMA projects relies entirely on the voluntary work of members from the State and Territory Associations.
Current AWMA projects include:
- Development of NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines for Venous Leg Ulcers
- Review of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prediction and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers and formation of the Australian Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
- Revision of the Standards for Wound Management
- Initiation of a Wound Awareness Campaign to raise awareness of the problem of wounds and lobby the government to support a Wound Product Access Scheme for all Australians
- Development of a criteria and framework for endorsement of wound courses
- Completion of position documents on wound infection and basic dressing/skin care products for residential aged care
- Inception of the AWMA/Joanna Briggs Institute node for wound management and healing
Future AWMA projects include:
- Consideration of strategies to credential wound practitioners
- Participation as a partner in the Wound Management Collaborative Research Centre (CRC).
PKF has many years experience in advising business and management, including conducting similar reviews for other health industry organisations. Their final report and recommendations will be finalised in early March 2010.