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The aim of this program is to prepare RNs or ENs working in district nursing services within the RWV Loddon Mallee region to take on the role of Wound Resource Education Nurses (WRENs).

More information will be published on this page as it becomes available.

Registration Process

Registration is by invitataion only.   If you are interested in this program, please discuss with your manager.

Expressions of interest were sent to managers in December 2021.

Place offerswill be emailed to managers by 14/1/2022.  

Participants must register and pay via Eventbrite by Friday 28th January.  
- Participants will be notified by their managers, and provided with the link to online registration.

Communication with Participants

Email Address: Following registration, updates will be emailed to the email address indicated during registration (private or work email - whichever they can access most often).

Microsoft Teams:
Participants will need to set up a Microsoft Teams account using their work email address (if they don't already have one).
A Microsoft Teams 'Channel' will be available for group. This is where the pre-education package, handouts and other resources will be available for download. 'Chat' between group members is also supported.
Following completion of the WREN program, new resources and information will be posted from time-to-time, and members may continue to use the 'chat' function within the group. 

It's best to have access to Microsoft Teams at work as well as at home. Download Microsoft Teams for desktop, laptop or tablet here.
Many work computers already have Microsoft Teams installed, but if not a request should be made for IT assistance.

Dates 

Participants must attend all four days and complete the pre-education quiz by the due date.

2022Date & LocationPresented byModality 
Pre-edPackage available by Sunday Jan 30th 2022
Quiz due Sunday Jan 30th 2022 @ 10pm 
Download pdf package from Microsoft Teams
Online quiz at own pace
Day 1Group A: Wed 23rd Feb, OR
Group B: Wed 2nd Mar
Lisa Hewitt &
Sally James
Live Online
Day 2Group A: Wed 9th Mar OR
Group B: Wed 16th Mar
Lisa Hewitt &
Sally James
Live Online
Day 3Group A: Robinvale District Health Service: Wed 23rd March, or
Group B: Bendigo Health Learning Space: Wed 30th March
Lisa Hewitt &
Sally James 
Face-to-face (Covid permitting)
Day 4Fri 8th AprAndrea MinnisLive Online

Fee

This program is heavily subsidised (see funding at bottom of the page).
The cost to participants will be $100 for all four days.

About the Presenters

Andrea Minnis
Andrea is a Nurse Practitioner in wound management and has over 25 years experience working with clients with chronic and complex wounds and oedema. Andrea worked with Bendigo Health for over 18 years as a founding member of the Tissue Trauma and Wound clinic and established her private practice; Bendigo Wound Management in 2013. Andrea provides specialist management to individuals with chronic and complex wounds and oedema and works closely local services, specialists and the TAC to provide support to complex clients across the region, as well as providing clinical support to Hospital inpatients, Nursing home and Hostel residents in the Bendigo and outlying regions. Andrea is a life member of Wounds Australia, holds a Masters degree in Nursing (Research) and is passionate about improving community access to specialist wound management services and fostering the role of the Nurse Practitioner in wound management.

Sally James
Sally is a Wound Clinical Nurse Consultant for Regional Wounds Victoria (Loddon Mallee) with more than 25 years specialty experience as a Wound and Lymphoedema consultant. Sally currently is a Wounds Australia Credentialed Advanced Wound Professional (WA-CAWP). She works as an independent professional in all aspects of wound and lymphoedema care and education, whilst building strong working relationships with colleagues. Sally has a Masters of Wound Care from Monash University and is currently a teaching associate for this program. She is an eager Wounds Australia committee member.Sally is enthusiastic about achieving best practice for people with wounds, sharing her knowledge and understanding by communicating evidenced based care to other health professionals

Lisa Hewitt
Lisa has been in the role of Wound Clinical Nurse Consultant for Regional Wounds Victoria (Loddon Mallee) since 2008 . Lisa developed a special interest in wound management in the 1990s and completed Cert. Stomal Therapy in 1998, Post Grad Cert (Wound Management) in 2006 and extended it to a Post Grad Dip (Wound Management) in 2012. As a past regional representative for the Australian Wound Management Association - Vic (now part of Wounds Australia), she advocated for regional nurses by being instrumental in establishing live webcasts of twillight seminars to regional victoria. Lisa is passionate about supporting regional nurses and other colleagues with access to best-practice, evidence-based wound management education, resources, expert advice and systems that work.

Funding
This program is subsidised by the Loddon Mallee Regional DNS Netowork and Regional Wounds Victoria. Regional Wounds Victoria receives funding from the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and the HACC PYP (Home and Community Care Program for Younger People). The CHSP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Visit the Department of Health website (www.agedcare.health.gov.au) for more information. The HACC PYP is funded by the Victorian Government.