Good Wound Care is a premium wound management service that comes to you.
Founded and operated by Donna Nair, an experienced advanced practice nurse, Good Wound Care provides complex assessment and management of hard to heal wounds and chronic oedema. We service the Geelong and Ballarat communities and offer a Telehealth wound care service across Victoria.
Good Wound Care was established in 2019 with a simple vision to provide easier access to quality wound and lymphoedema services and is unique by combining these clinical portfolios.
Our mission is to empower people’s ownership and enhance their self-caring or decision-making capacity for their chronic wound or lymphoedema. Good Wound Care exists to help you achieve your specific goal, whatever that may be.
We practice from a trauma informed care model, aiming to meet people where they are at. This focusses on acceptance, inclusion and belonging; being considerate, compassionate and inclusive of everyone.
Because assessments are provided in the client’s own home or their place of care, the service is able to work closely with your health care team. Good Wound Care can accommodate the needs of people living with a disability, those who struggle leaving home and who find navigating the complex health care system a challenge. Visiting people at home also affords a more rounded picture of the clients’ needs as they live with a complex wound or lymphoedema.
Okay, so Good Wound Care has a special focus on wounds – but what makes it Good?
The definition of “good” is highly subjective. Try first answering this question. “If Good Wound Care had never met you, would it have mattered to you or your wound?”
Good Wound Care is a gentle and caring service that aims to provide the best, most up to date, evidence informed wound care for our clients in an approachable and reassuring manner. From the first visit with Good Wound Care, we strive to make sure clients have a well understood plan with personalised choices for a way to move forward, that lasts well beyond the first visit. We believe, these are the cornerstones that support GOOD wound care, because it makes a lasting difference and matters to the person with the wound.
You can listen to Donna talk about what makes for Good Wound Care on the High Performance Nursing Podcast
Donna is a registered nurse, who has worked at an advanced practice level in wound management for 20 years in the community, acute and residential care sectors. Donna has additionally worked in senior wound roles in outpatient wound clinics, leg clubs, primary care, district nursing, rehabilitation, palliative care and the regional health department. Donna has completed level 1 and 2 accredited ALA post-graduate Lymphoedema training (Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy for the Management of Lymphoedema), and is a registered Casley-Smith Therapist. Having developed extensive peer and industry networks, Donna brings a robust clinical portfolio of expertise, resources and experience to benefit Good Wound Care clients.
Donna updates her skills regularly, engaging in a range of professional development activities and is often asked to educate on various wound care topics. Donna has presented abstracts at state, national and international wound conferences of Wounds Australia and the European Wound Management Association.
In 2020 Donna was shortlisted for a Barwon Best Care Award: Living Our Values for ‘Innovation’ in a Covid-19 response to mask-related skin injury. In addition, Donna was recognised as part of 2020 International Nurses Day at Barwon Health, and in 2011 received a staff recognition award from the Grampians Department of Health for demonstrated commitment to collaborative relationships and responsive leadership.
As part of Donna’s commitment to helping others increase their knowledge in wounds and to promote the field of wound management, Donna volunteers her time as a member of the Wounds Australia – Victoria Committee and has facilitated Twilight Seminars in regional Victoria since 2005. Donna donates supplies to projects in developing countries and supports the work in India at the Institute of Applied Dermatology.
Up until recently, Donna continued to be employed in the public health sector. Due to the increasing demand in private practice, she now has dedicated her time fully into further developing Good Wound Care as a full time resource to the community.
If almost half a million people each year in Australia suffer with a wound that is not showing signs of healing, what does that really cost the individual?
This is more than money can quantify, because wound care economics are so much more than what it costs to dress a wound.
Non-healing wounds cost the person with the wound a loss of independence, reduced social and employment freedoms, depression, extra medical visits, hospitalisations, medications, infections, pain, odour and long-term dressing costs, just to name a few. However, at Good Wound Care, we consider the additional damaging cost of having a wound is what happens next. When your wound does not heal, the older the wound tissue becomes, the more resistant it is to healing.
So even if your wound looks the same as it did 3, 6, or 12 months ago, the wound tissue is more inflamed, scared and stuck. Sadly, these older wounds have higher chances of not healing. If you have swelling that has been present for longer than 3 months, your lymphatic vessels are struggling to remove the fluid, also making healing more difficult. Around 50% of the ageing population have chronic oedema and in Australia, up to 74% of people with chronic oedema, also have a wound so it’s important to seek help before it becomes too hard to heal.
Many people do not manage to see a dedicated wound clinician until their wound is many months or years old and many treatments and dressings have been tried and exhausted. By this stage, the wound has cost a great deal and patients are desperate to find ways to stop the wound from taking over their life.
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