Established in 1995, the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing skin health and wound management in Canada. Dedicated staff and volunteers work to improve the health of Canadians at risk for skin breakdown and the practice of the health-care professionals who care for them.

Friends of the organization include health-care professionals and students, researchers, corporate supporters, government decision-makers, caregivers and, most importantly, patients.

CAWC is dedicated to a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to wound management and prevention to improve the health of Canadians.  Our Association focuses our efforts in key areas:

CAWC Focus:

  1. Professional education to enhance health professionals’ knowledge, skills and attitudes

  2. Public advocacy and education on how to prevent and manage wounds

  3. Research to enhance understanding of effective wound management and prevention

  4. Creating and nurturing partnerships to support the CAWC’s goals of improving patient outcomes

  5. Professional education to enhance health professionals’ knowledge, skills and attitudes

  • General wound education offered in various locations in Canada throughout the year as well as online

  • Specific diabetic foot education in the form of workshops to professionals with a special interest in managing the complications of the diabetic foot

  • The largest wound-specific conference in Canada, This year it will be held in Toronto in 2015, October 29-Nov 1

  • Multiple publications sent to the largest skin and wound database in the country

  • Educational messages sent via social media channels

2. Public information and education on how to prevent and manage wounds

  • Peer-led onsite workshops and web-based information on managing diabetic foot complications (PEP program, Diabetes, Healthy Feet and You program)

  • Patient- and family-focused program on the prevention of pressure ulcers

  • Educational messages sent via social media channels • Interactive online community and web information

3. Research to enhance understanding of effective wound prevention and management

  • Joint collaborations with universities, health ministries and industry; e.g., the CAWC, Queen’s University and Ontario’s MOHLTC to evaluate the impact of an interactive online support group relating to diabetes self care; the CAWC and several companies to develop a paper on the role of advanced therapies in the management of diabetic foot ulcers.

4. Creating partnerships & new areas of collaborations

  • Participating in conferences around the country

  • Connecting with Health Canada and provincial health ministries to advance skin health and wound care across Canada

  • Creating partnerships with other not-for-profit organizations with shared interests, universities, provincial and federal health ministries, product companies and private and work-related insurance boards, among others

Getting the Word Out

The CAWC uses multiple methods to deliver education, news, resources and more to our varied audiences.

  • Our publications are well regarded in Canada and around the world. They include WCC (see Publications), Diabetic Foot Canada eJournal (see Publications) as well as new eNewsletters aimed at specific audiences

  • Our general mailing list is targeted to health-professionals interested in skin health and wound care as well as agency/facility and government decision-makers

  • Our multiple websites provide users with resources and news aimed at improving their lives or practice (http://cawc.net, http://www.woundcarecanada.ca, http://www.diabeticfootcommunity.ca, http://www.diabeticfootcanadajournal.com)

  • Our advocacy initiatives have proven impact in the public media, at the government level and within the health-care sector

  • Our social media reach grows every week through active Twitter and Facebook accounts and our active Diabetic Foot Community.

Getting the Word Out

The CAWC uses multiple methods to deliver education, news, resources and more to our varied audiences. • Our publications are well regarded in Canada and around the world. They include WCC (see Publications), Diabetic Foot Canada eJournal (see Publications) as well as new eNewsletters aimed at specific audiences • Our general mailing list is targeted to health-professionals interested in skin health and wound care as well as agency/facility and government decision-makers • Our multiple websites provide users with resources and news aimed at improving their lives or practice (http://cawc.net, http://www.woundcarecanada.ca, http://www.diabeticfootcommunity.ca, http://www.diabeticfootcanadajournal.com) • Our advocacy initiatives have proven impact in the public media, at the government level and within the health-care sector • Our social media reach grows every week through active Twitter and Facebook accounts and our active Diabetic Foot Community.

 

 

When you join the Canadian Association of Wound Care, you join more than 8,000 dedicated healthcare professionals, researchers, academics, industry leaders, administrators, policymakers, patients and caregivers who are dedicated to improving the health of Canadians through enhanced wound management and prevention in Canada.

By joining CAWC, you support:

  • the best available evidence on wound management & prevention;
  • practical tools that translate the best available evidence into clinical practice;
  • research to advance best clinic practice;
  • educational and networking opportunities to learn about wound management and prevention.

By joining CAWC, patients & caregivers support:

  • enhanced wound care & prevention at the bedside;
  • public awareness of the importance of wound management and prevention; and
  • a strong voice to all governments about the impacts of wounds on patients and their families.
Please join us today!









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There are benefits to joining the Canadian Association of Wound Care.  In addition to belonging to a community of people dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people affected by wounds as well as in the lives of people at high risk of developing wounds, when you join you also receive:
  1. Discounts on registration to our CAWC Annual Professional Wound Care Conference.
  2. Discount on all wound care products sold through our Boutique Store.
  3. Access to members only section of CAWC website.
For more information on the benefits of membership please download our Membership Form

CAWC Education

The CAWC offers opportunities to health-care professionals using various methods to provide flexible, interprofessional education that supports the learning needs and professional career growth in the areas of skin health, wound prevention and management. The strength of the programs lies not only in their content and delivery methods, but also because they are part of a continuum of learning aimed at improving the practice of health-care professionals all levels, in all settings and across the entire country. Because our educational programs are linked to our publications, social media channels and conference, the messages are reinforced and accessible regardless of the learning style of the HCP. This “layering” is one of the strength’s of CAWC Education.

The basis for the education is a series of online modules that provide foundational knowledge of wound prevention and management.

Online Modules: Laying the Foundation

The basis for the education is a series of online modules that provide foundational knowledge of wound prevention and management. The Ontario Hospital Association and the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) have partnered to create the Foundations of Wound Care program, composed of five online modules. Modules

Principles of Wound Healing is a free online module that should be completed before starting the four modules below:

  • Introduction to Wounds
  • Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers
  • Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers
  • Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.oha.com/Education/OnlineTrainingandTools/Pages/WoundCare.aspx

The Foundations of Wound Care program is the prerequisite for Case-Based Workshop: Changing Practice through Applied Knowledge. Please note that if you intend to register for this two day workshop, the 5 modules are included in the workshop registration fee (unless otherwise mentioned).

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