Wound Awareness Week 2024

22nd to 28th July

Topic:  Frail or Aged Skin (Dermatoporosis)

To register:  Go to our Events page and scroll to find the specific event


Wound Awareness Week 2024 (WAW 2024) aims to focus on the unique challenges and considerations associated with wound care for individuals with Frail or Aged Skin (Dermatoporosis). The primary goal is to enhance awareness, knowledge, and best practices among healthcare professionals, caregivers, and the community to promote effective wound management and improve patient outcomes.


The aging population faces distinctive skin-related challenges, and Dermatoporosis, or Frail Skin, is a condition characterized by increased frailty and vulnerability of the skin in elderly individuals. As the world's demographics shift towards an older population, it becomes crucial to address the specific concerns related to wound care for aged skin. Wound Awareness Week serves as a platform to delve into these intricacies, offering insights, education, and practical solutions.

In 2022, the ACC recorded 7,300 new claims for skin tear injuries among individuals aged 60 and above. Within the same age group, there were 7,093 active claims during the year, contributing to a total cost exceeding 5.4 million dollars for the ACC. (ACC, 2023)

The focus of WAW 2024 will be to improve the quality of care delivered to individuals who are at risk of Dermatoprosis, protection of frail skin and understanding of management of this often overlooked issue.  Both sessions will cover important topics such as Deep Dissecting Haematoma management and c.a.m.p and dermatoporosis.

We invite you to join us for these free informative webinars, particularly beneficial for those who are active in wound care.


Session one via Zoom: Date: Monday, July 22nd Time: 6 to 8 pm


  • Wendy White: Wound Care, Consultant from Australia, specialising in various aspects of wound management.
  • Rebecca Aburn: Nurse Practitioner in Vascular, Te Whatu Ora and President of the NZ Wound Care Society, actively involved in international and national wound care education.
  • Introduction to our sponsor Sigvaris

Additionally, attendees will receive free compression socks from Sigvaris Group, thanks to their sponsorship of WAW.  Simply use the voucher code provided with your certificate of attendance.

Moderator: Sasha Drennan, Vice-President of the NZWCS.


Session two is hosted by Mobile Health: Thursday, 25th July Time: 6 to 8 pm


  • Anj Dickson: Wound Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau, focusing on pressure injury prevention and management.
  • Kate O'Dwyer: Nurse Practitioner at Cicada Health Ltd., with extensive experience in vascular, district nursing, and aged care. Moderator: Sasha Drennan, Vice-President of the NZWCS.

Session two is kindly sponsored by    Molnlycke logo


To register for session 2 go to the Mobile Health website:

An A4 poster  on the second session to download and put in your staff room is available here 



Thank you to our generous sponsor Sigvaris 

 Sigvaris Group


Past Wound Awareness Week educational resources