The Canadian Association of Wound Care (Wounds Canada) is dedicated to giving a voice to patients living with wounds or at risk for wounds in order to ensure that people living with wounds receive improved care and face fewer barriers to a healthier life.
The goals of advocacy at Wounds Canada include:
Raising the profile of the issues surrounding wounds in Canada
Presenting a unified voice for approaching governments when seeking policy change and resource allocation
Leveraging opportunities and relationships to achieve positive policy change at all levels
The current focus on health care in most jurisdictions in Canada is on treatment, not prevention. In the case of wounds, the most cost-effective and lowest personal impact hierarchy should be:
Prevent all preventable wounds
Prevent all existing wounds from becoming complex and/or chronic
Move all chronic wounds onto a healing trajectory
Improve and maintain a good quality of life for patients with unhealable wounds
Successfully addressing the issues will be achieved through education, ongoing consultations with partnering organizations, stakeholder engagement and advocacy efforts with the public and decision makers in institutions and agencies and at all levels of government. As Canada’s only national wound organization that addresses the interests of all stakeholders in the area of wound care, Wounds Canada will provide leadership and co-ordination in these areas.
Health leaders can assist in these efforts by becoming aware of the issues, raising the priority of wound prevention and best-practiced-based care and participating in Wounds Canada events and projects.
Recently, Wounds Canada (under the banner of the Canadian Association of Wound Care and with its subsidiary organization Diabetic Foot Canada) teamed with several other partnering organizations to begin a campaign to address gaps in the prevention of diabetic foot complications. As a first step, legislators in Ontario received information that outlines the issues and offers suggestions for improvement that not only will save health-care dollars but also save the health, and in many cases, the lives of persons at risk for diabetic foot ulcers. Plans are to continue these efforts across the country over the next two years.
Wounds Canada representatives also work behind the scenes at all levels of government to improve policies that will support Canadians at risk for developing a wound or developing complications in existing wounds.