The Yarrawonga Health District Nursing Service held a wound awareness stall in Belmore Street last Thursday in aid of Wound Awareness Week.
Wounds can be very painful and icky things that people don’t want to deal with but they are a health issue that needs to be observed and treated properly before it leads to something more worrying.
Nearly half a million Australians suffer from a chronic wound that can isolate and stop them from doing what they love in life and can also cost up to $10,000 per patient and an estimated $3 billion to the health system.
Members of the community were welcomed to come down and speak to the different health professionals in attendance and seek advice on caring for wounds and how they may prevent them.
There are many different types and causes of wounds with some able to heal quickly while others such as chronic wounds taking a long time to heal.
Some reasons a wound may take a long time to heal include pressure or rubbing on surfaces, poor circulation, certain medication, getting older, lifestyle choices or infection.
Despite your best efforts sometimes wounds are difficult to heal so ask for help as many people are able to provide aid and the local district nurse has skills and knowledge of how best to help you manage and heal.
The Yarrawonga Health District Nursing Service said ways to help prevent a wound from arising were to:
Own your own wound (take notice and interest in the change to the wound)
Have a healthy diet
Get moving more each day
Look after your skin, it is your biggest organ
There are always health professionals available to help with the treatment of wounds and can be found at Yarrawonga Health District Nursing Service by calling 5743 8136, your local GP or a pharmacy.