Advancing wound, ostomy and continence education for nurses

Mrs Joy Sears1
1Curtin University, Bentley, Australia

Worldwide, there are very few undergraduate and postgraduate nursing degrees that offer dedicated wound management units. Most nursing curriculums have an integrated approach to learning and the small amount of literature available on the subject is in agreeance, that this is insufficient for the provision of a fundamental skill for nurses. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University in Western Australia has had an innovative elective unit in this domain since 2010 that is available to students in the final semester of their Bachelor Degree.  To advance learning opportunities Curtin also offers a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master Degree Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice  both in Singapore and Western Australia that provide students with a combination of didactic and online education in these domains. This paper will outline student satisfaction and perceived benefits with these units for advancing their understanding and clinical practice.  Plans to  commencement  of  an Innovation and Scholarship of Learning & Teaching that will ensure the successful continuance of future student learning  will be discussed.


Joy is the Coordinator of the Curtin University, undergraduate Advanced Wound Care Unit at the Western Australian campus and Co-coordinator of the postgraduate Graduate Certificate Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice that is available at the Western Australian and Singaporean campuses in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.


This conference is proudly hosted by the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses:

One of the Association's major objectives is the promotion of quality care for a wide range of people with specific needs. These needs may be related to ostomy construction, urinary or faecal incontinence, wounds with or without tube insertion and breast surgery.

Patients/clients across the life span are provided with preventative, acute, rehabilitative and continuing care as required. Another objective is the maintenance and improvement of professional standards in relation to Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice to the highest degree possible. Recognition of the need for and encouragement of the development of specialist expertise in the field of Stomal Therapy Nursing underpins the Standards for Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice.

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