CLOSER TO ZERO Wound Symposium

Be inspired during Wounds Awareness Week

Join us for this exciting online Wound Symposium and hear from leading experts who will discuss some of the ‘hot topics’ in wound care, and how you can improve outcomes.

With Prof Keryln Carville as Chairperson, this special event will include updates on the Royal Commission into Aged Care report, Pressure Injury Prevention, Infection Management, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and more...

This interactive Symposium will also include LIVE Q&A, panel discussions, case studies, as well as resources to support you in clinical practice.

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Prof. Keryln Carville

RN, PhD, STN (Cred)

Professor Primary Health Care & Community Nursing

Silver Chain Group and Curtin University, Western Australia

Keryln has extensive clinical experience and is committed to research and education within the domains of wound and ostomy care. Keryln Chairs the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance and she is the Evidence Chair on the International Wound Infection Institute. Keryln was appointed a Fellow of Wounds Australia in 2006, and Life Membership of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses in 2015.

She was awarded Life Membership of Silver Chain Nursing Association (award number 35 since inception in 1906), and the inaugural award for Life Time Achievement in Nursing in WA in 2010. She has over 100 publications and has delivered many key note presentations.

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Dr. Kevin Woo

RN, BScN, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor,

School of Nursing,

School of Rehabilitation Therapy,

Queen's University,

Kingston ON Canada

Advanced Wound Consultant,

West Park Health Center, Toronto, Ontario

Kevin Woo is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University, School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation therapy in Kingston, Ontario. He teaches and provides supervision for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Healthcare Quality program, Aging and Health program, as well as the Nursing Science programs.  Kevin is an adjunct research professor at the Western University teaching for their Masters of Clinical Science in Wound Healing program.

He is recognized as a national expert in wound care and has served on a number of expert panels and advisory boards to develop the Best Practice recommendations. He received the Journal of Wound Care Best Diabetic Foot Ulcer Intervention Award in 2018 for his contribution to advance diabetic foot care and Journal of Wound Care Professional Education Award in 2017.  He is the Regional Director – North America of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP).  He is a member of the Education Committee of the Canadian Frailty Network.

A recipient of the Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation (2014-19) and the International Association for the Study of Pain Early Career Research Award (2012-13), Kevin has a range of research interests, including enhancing chronic disease self-management, developing quality benchmarks for wound management, and implementing best practices for difficult-to-heal wounds. He has authored or co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters, white papers and proceedings. Kevin maintains his clinical expertise and functions as an Advanced Wound Consultant at the West Park Health Care Center, a specialized chronic care and rehabilitation hospital in Toronto.

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Verónica Tiscar-González

MSc, RN, PhD

Nursing Teaching Supervisor, OSI Araba

Coordinator at Bioaraba Clinical Nursing and Community Health Group Bilabo, Spain

Nurse and Doctor of Health Sciences with international mention. Experience in the area of scientific coordination of the IIS Bioaraba. Member since 2017 of the Advisory Commission of Investen (Carlos III Health Institute). Secretary CEI technique of OSI Araba. Experience in management and teaching. Collaborating teacher Vitoria-Gazteiz Nursing School. Member Academy of Nursing Sciences of Bizkaia.

Participation and leadership in international networks research. Group coordinator IIS Clinical Nursing and Community Health Bioaraba

Verónica Tíscar González  is the head of nursing research at the Bioaraba Health Research Institute and collaborating lecturer at the Vitoria-Gazteiz School of Nursing at the University of the Basque Country. As a nurse practitioner, she has worked in various primary care and hospital units, including SSU, urology, oncology, maternity and digestive medicine.

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Hayley Ryan

Clinical Nurse Consultant,
Director at WoundRescue,

Chair, Wounds Australia Board

Hayley has almost 20 years experience in nursing and has worked in wound care over this time. Hayley has a passion for healing wounds as a Clinical Nurse Consultant across Australia and New Zealand in private practice with her own company WoundRescue.

Hayley has a wide range of postgraduate experience in wound management, while also completing a Master of Business Admin (MBA). Hayley is currently completing her PhD.

Hayley has presented at national and international conferences and has a proven track record of providing advanced wound care and aged care education. Hayley also lectures at Universities and has been appointed as an adjunct fellow at the University of Technology Sydney.

Hayley is also Chair of the Board for Wounds Australia.

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Tom Leong


Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Prince Alfred

Thomas is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Skin Integrity at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) an 800 bed quaternary hospital. Thomas has been in his current role at RPAH since 2011. He is the Chair of a number of Wound and Pressure Injury Committees at RPAH.

Thomas has been involved in various research projects at RPAH and SLHD to improve patient care in relation to skin integrity and wound care. These include ‘Use of Cultured Epithelial Autograft for Donor Site Wound Healing’, ‘Use of Silicone dressings’.  Most recently, he was an associate investigator on the ‘Getting to the Bottom of Hospital-acquired Pressure Injury: Translating Knowledge into Practice Study’ across Sydney Local Health District Study.  This study was awarded the ‘Peoples Choice Award’ at the NSW Research Nursing Symposium in September 2017 and the ‘SLHD Patient Safety Quality Award’ in November 2017. He was also an associate investigator on a recently published study to reduce occipital pressure injuries in 2018 in the intensive care unit at RPAH, which led to an 87.7% reduction in occipital pressure injuries.

Thomas’ experience is encompassed in his nursing career spanning almost three decades. He has worked nationally and internationally, Raxaul Mission Hospital, India, Charing Cross and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, London in the skin integrity field. His tertiary qualifications include a Master of Clinical Nursing, The University of Sydney specialising in Burns and Wound Management. Currently, Thomas is an Associate Investigator of a number of controlled trial studies at RPAH on the best practice for managing incontinence associated dermatitis, the use of heel offloading boots in the intensive care unit, and the use of an artificial intelligent application to measure, track and document wound progression.  Thomas has presented his research at various national conferences including the Wounds Australia, and Australian and New Zealand Burns Association Conference. Thomas is a member of the state-wide the Electronic Medical Record Wound Documentation Committee comprising 13 districts, which is working on developing a solution to address the current gaps in wound documentation.

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Rebecca Aburn

Nurse Practitioner, Vascular

Vice-President New Zealand Wound Care Society

Rebecca has a 25 year history of clinical experience in neurosciences, intensive care, vascular, diabetic foot, wound care, clinical education and district nursing. She completed her Masters of Nursing in 2006 and has a great passion for nursing practice development. As past treasurer and now Vice president, for the New Zealand Wound Care Society Rebecca is involved at a national level in practice and guideline developments.

In 2010 Rebecca completed an advanced post graduate certificate in clinical nursing. In 2017 she completed Nurse Practitioner training and works as the Nurse Practitioner for vascular. Rebecca has presented at both National and international conferences. Her areas of professional interest are innovation to improve patient’s journey, Lymphoedema, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Surgical site infection prevention and care of the complex vascular patient.

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Tracy Nowicki

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Co-Ordinator Qld Bariatric Interest Group

Tracy is currently employed within a major metropolitan hospital in Queensland Health as Clinical Nurse Consultant of a quality risk management equipment service. A significant focus of her role has been to bring innovation in the development of a central equipment service so as to ensure optimal patient outcomes through safe, equitable equipment management, education and maintenance. This service also specialises in pressure injury prevention, management of the Bariatric patient, falls injury prevention, bed safety, Smart Pump Technology, skin integrity and quality risk management.

She is the coordinator for QBig (Queensland Bariatric Interest Group), has been on the working party for the development of the Pan Pacific & both versions of the International Pressure Injury Guidelines.

Tracy has extensive experience in presenting innovative approaches to quality risk management. She believes in fun through learning and looking at new horizons of how we do business.

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