Busting wound care myths this Wound Awareness Week
Thursday, 24 August 2023
Lots of wounds can be healed with the right diagnosis and treatment at the right time, but many Australians living with wounds just don't get the advice they need. And, when it comes to wound care, there are lots of myths about what actually works.

This Wound Awareness Week, let's get wound care RIGHT! Follow these steps.

Step 1: Understand the Wound Warning Signs

There are four simple signs to watch out for:
  • Pain and heat
  • Smell
  • Oozing (Wound Awareness Week mascot and Spokeswound Oozie T. Wound knows all about this!)
  • Slow healing (30 days or more).
If you spot these signs, you know it's time to ask for help.

Read more about wounds in our factsheet.

Step 2: Ask for the right kind of help

There are so many great sources of wound care advice in your community and this factsheet provides a good starting point. 

However, there's also a lot of bad advice out there. Or even good advice that's inappropriate for your wound or situation. The best way to know for sure is to see a medical professional, as Wound Awareness Week Champion and comedian Nelly Thomas explains.

This Wound Awareness Week, let's get wound care RIGHT! The RIGHT diagnosis and the RIGHT treatment at the RIGHT time. 

Here's how you can help: Thanks for supporting Wound Awareness Week and more than 450,000 Australians living with hard-to-heal wounds!