PGW5211 - Non-healing wounds and pain management - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Adriana Tiziani

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Wounds can become non-healing due to factors related to the patient, wound, healthcare professional or resource/treatment availability. This unit explores these complex issues and challenges associated with care of individuals with non-healing wounds. The challenges of integrating pain assessment into an effective management plan are also investigated.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Examine the differences between chronic and non-healing wounds including identifying factors which may lead to a wound become non-healing.
  2. Apply holistic patient assessment and realistic goal setting in the management of an individual with a non-healing wound.
  3. Critically appraise treatment options for a patient with a non- healing wound.
  4. Develop and implement a multi-disciplinary team approach in the management of a patient with a non-healing wound.
  5. Formulate a pain management plan incorporating the use of validated pain assessment tools.
  6. Critically appraise treatment modalities for pain.
  7. Investigate barriers to effective pain management and develop strategies for overcoming them.
  8. Examine quality of life issues in relation to the individual with a non-healing wound or who is experiencing pain.


Two minor assignments: 30%

Major assignment: 50% (hurdle)

Participation in online tutorials: 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



PGW5113 (PGW1113)