Wound Awareness Week

Wound Awareness Week


Wounds Awareness Week 24th to 30th August 2020

The NZ Wound Care Society, supported by ACC, present New Zealand’s 1st Wounds Awareness Week - 24th to the 30th August 2020.
Each year will focus on a different wound topic, with Skin Tears the focus for 2020.

Skin Tears are acute wounds, often occurring, because of preventable accidents such as falls and knocks. However, due to the underlying health status of an individual they can often lead to a chronic wound, which can negatively impact a person’s physical, mental, social and spiritual/cultural wellbeing, including their family/whanau and carers also.

Skin tears can be prevented, through recognising and managing the risk factors. Therefore, it is important to increase public awareness, through education and empowering patients, whanau and carers through self-management to prevent.

If a skin tear does occur, then early identification, assessment and appropriate treatment is important to reduce the risk of them becoming chronic wounds. Health professionals need to be aware of risks, so that early referral to specialist services can be made, particularly in populations with complex comorbidities that contribute to delayed healing.

Wounds Awareness Week is an exciting opportunity to reach out to all New Zealanders for the first time, increasing awareness of “What Skin Tears are”, “Who is at risk”, and strategies to manage these wounds if they fail to heal. Additionally, this week is an opportunity to provide education and information to those working across a variety of health disciplines; including general practice, aged care, community and DHB services and allied healthcare professionals, and many others, contributing to evidence based practice, skill and knowledge development, ultimately contributing to positive outcomes for individuals.

Join us in celebrating this monumental week and spread the word around - SKIN TEARS!

During August, skin tear resources will be freely available. The WEbinar Video Presentations listed below are now only available for NZWCS members.

NZWCS members please click here to login

Webinar Video Presentations

Section 2 - Prevention
Section 3 - Assessment and Management


  • Educational PowerPoints covering skin tear best practice, prevention, assessment and treatment
  • Section 1 - Definition, Statistics, Causes and Risk Factors - click here
  • Section 2 - Prevention - click here
  • Section 3 - Assessment and Management - click here
  • Case Study - click here and case study answer sheet - click here
  • Pod-Cast 'Why Care About Skin Tears' with Wendy White and Mandy Pagan - click here
  • Poster for health professionals - click here to download 
  • Patient Leaflet - click here to download
  • Instructions on 'How to Download Patient Sheet for Free from NZDoctor - click here
  • STAR - Classification Chart - click here
  • ISTAP Classification chart - click here
  • ACC - acc.co.nz
  • HQSC - hqsc.govt.nz
  • Age Concern - ageconcern.co.nz