Chronic Disease and Care across the lifespan

Research Overview

The wound care research program at the University of Melbourne is designed to advance scientific and clinical evidence to improve the prediction, prevention and management of wounds.  The program specifically focuses on the translation of research findings into improvements in clinical practice.

The program has the following themes:

Pressure injury prevention and management

  • Acute, Intensive Care, Aged Care, Operating Room
  • Epidemiology, prevalence, incidence and cost/effectiveness

Lymphoedema prevalence, assessment and management

  • Early detection, diagnostics

Healing rate calculation

  • Diabetic foot and Venous Leg Ulcers

Biofilm detection and control in chronic wounds

  • Non-contact detection methods and novel antimicrobials

Self-management of chronic wounds

  • Education and eHealth



Clinicians from:

  • Melbourne Health
  • The Alfred Hospital
  • The Austin Hospital
  • Royal Women’s Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne


  • Professor Fiona Coyer, Queensland University of Technology QLD
  • Professor Keryln Carville, Curtin University WA
  • Dr Gill Lewin, Silver Chain WA
  • Professor Gavin Leslie, Curtin University WA
  • Australian Wound Innovation Cooperative Research Centre
  • Wounds Australia


  • Professor Joyce Black, Omaha State University USA
  • Professor Amit Gefen, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Professor Paulo Alvez, Catholic University, Portugal
  • Professor Jan Kottner, Charite University, Berlin, Germany
  • Professor Carol Dealey, University of Birmingham UK
  • Professor Keith Harding, University of  Wales Cardiff UK
  • Professor Filiz Ogce, Ege University Turkey
  • European Wound Management Association
  • European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
  • World Union of Wound Healing Societies

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Professor of Nursing Research, Translational Research Professor Nick Santamaria

Department / Centre


Unit / Centre

Chronic Disease and Care across the lifespan

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