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NZ-first entirely online wound care course born in Hamilton

Registered nurses who live and work in remote areas will now have the same access to receiving nationally recognised wound care training, thanks in part to Waikato DHB nurse practitioner Julie Betts.

As a wound care specialist, Mrs Betts has been working with the New Zealand Wound Care Society to get a tertiary provider to develop an online education programme for wound care for some time.

“This has been a long time in the making, so we are very excited that Wintec has agreed to provide a short course that is run entirely online called Fundamental Wound Care (Level 7),” she said.

“I believed it would be worthwhile if the programme was developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) to ensure longevity and consensus on clinical content which Wintec agreed with so that is the format the course will take.

“As an NZWCS committee member, myself and former NZWCS chair Wayne Naylor, have been working with Wintec staff providing advice regarding course development including content, resources and learning outcomes.”

She said the exciting part for her is that the course is the first entirely online course on wound care in New Zealand developed collaboratively between academics and clinical experts with support from a professional society, so provides the opportunity for health professionals in areas where it’s difficult to access wound care education to be able to do just that.

The course aim is to provide registered nurses with the knowledge and skills required to provide care to people with acute and chronic wounds; a significant and growing area of health.

The course will run for 15 weeks from the Wintec School of Nursing, and the first intake will start in the second semester on 14 July.

“As well as nurses, we are hoping it will be available to any registered health professional,” said Mrs Betts.

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