Journal article

Chronic wounds should be one of Australia's National Health Priority Areas

Suzanne Kapp, Nick Santamaria

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

Chronic wounds are a poorly recognised chronic disease that cause pain and suffering and cost the Australian healthcare system A $2.85 billion dollars per annum. Unlike the highly profiled and relatively well-funded chronic diseases that comprise the Australian National Health Priority Areas, chronic wounds remain a largely hidden and poorly supported problem in the Australian community. This perspective article proposes that one approach to generate action to reduce the burden of chronic wounds is to better articulate the relationship between chronic wounds and the Australian National Health Priority Areas, and to establish a profile of chronic wounds as a chronic disease of national si..

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