24 September 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast and community health organisation Blue Care have teamed up to open a new clinic for people with chronic wounds.
The Wound Solutions Clinic at USC’s Sippy Downs campus is offering clients innovative new treatment options provided by Blue Care Registered Nursing staff, dieticians, a podiatrist, and University students from health disciplines.
Clinic project manager and Registered Nurse Bronwyn Doyle said the clinic was made possible due to funding from Health Workforce Australia (HWA), as an Australian Government Initiative.
Mrs Doyle said this added to a suite of clinics at USC that were providing much-needed care in areas where there was an identified service delivery gap.
“The Wound Solutions Clinic provides essential clinical practicum experiences for USC’s Nursing Science students and, from 2014, students from Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Exercise Physiology will also participate,” she said.
Mrs Doyle said the clinic was already attracting high interest from the community and had received strong positive feedback from clients.
“The clients especially enjoy the social experiences of the clinic, as well as having improved confidence knowing that they are being cared for by wound management experts,” she said.
The Wound Solutions Clinic is open on Mondays at the newly refurbished clinic space 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.
An official opening of the clinic is being planned for later this year as part of Blue Care’s 60th anniversary.
— Terry Walsh