Chronic wounds are estimated to affect more than 433,000 Australians a year (WHIA 2017), while costing over $2.85 billion per annum. Experts believe that the suffering as a result of chronic wounds remains a largely hidden and poorly supported problem in the community and should be categorised as a chronic disease of national significance (Kapp and Sanataria 2015).
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2. Kapp S., Santamaria N. Chronic wounds should be one of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas. Journal of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. June 2015.