18 October 2013
An innovative Wound Solutions Clinic will be officially opened at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Downs campus on Monday 21 October at 11am.
This clinic, a joint initiative of USC and not-for-profit service provider Blue Care, is offering clients with chronic wounds specialised care provided by Blue Care Registered Nurses, dieticians, a podiatrist and university students from health disciplines.
The project was made possible due to funding from Health Workforce Australia (HWA), as an Australian Government Initiative. It will be officially opened by Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough.
Media is welcome to attend the official opening at the USC Health and Sport Centre, adjacent the University’s Sports Stadium.
Blue Care Maroochy Service Manager Mandy Morgan said the clinic opening had been incorporated into the local celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Blue Care (which was known as the Blue Nursing Service until 1999).
“It is exciting to be part of this collaboration between Blue Care and the University of the Sunshine Coast,” she said.
“This is a much-needed specialist service on the Coast, offering a holistic approach to wound care which combines a multi-disciplined clinical team with social/support services.”
USC clinic project manager and Registered Nurse Bronwyn Doyle said the Wound Solutions Clinic was providing for real-time student learning, clinical work for academics and new opportunities for research.
“It has added to a suite of clinics at the University that are offering much-needed care in areas where there were identified service delivery gaps,” she said.
The Wound Solutions Clinic is open on Mondays at USC’s Health and Sport Centre, near the University’s Sports Stadium. Appointments and referrals can be made by contacting Blue Care on 5441 0100.
Cost is $10 for a routine clinic visit or $15 for wound care and support group. Transport to the clinic is provided by Blue Care in some instances.
— Terry Walsh