Monday 12 April, 2010

Wounds – the silent epidemic.

Speaker: Professor Zee Upton, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

Chronic wounds and leg ulcers affect hundreds of thousands of Australians, particularly older Australians and people in Indigenous communities. These wounds are painful and debilitating, resulting in extreme reductions in the quality-of-life of sufferers across months or years, or potentially decades. For many patients living with chronic non-healing wounds, amputation of an affected limb is the only option. In Australia more than 3,000 lower leg amputations occur each year due to a non-healing diabetic leg ulcer.  Globally there is an amputation every 30 seconds. Chronic wounds are estimated to affect 433,000 Australians and to conservatively cost the Australian health system $2.6 B a year. Despite this, the issue of chronic wound care receives little attention. It is a silent epidemic.

In this lecture diverse aspects related to skin, wounds, wound care and emerging innovations in therapies and management will be introduced and explored.

Professor Zee Upton
Professor Zee Upton
  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Zee will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? Contact Lynelle (l.ross@smp.uq.edu.au)
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