Fitting all the pieces together: minor burn management in NSW

Ms Kelly Waddell1

1Children’s Hospital At Westmead, Hornsby Heights, Australia

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) is the only tertiary referral centre for children from birth until 16 years of age in New South Wales. With an ever increasing population and increasing demand on the service, the CHW along with several paediatric outpatient ambulatory care clinics across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW developed a joint outreach burns service (JOBS)for minor burn management.

These clinics are fully operational and have daily access to both the NP and medical teams at the CHW, whilst keeping children and their families close to home and their normal social supports and routine.  These clinics provide primary level care with the support of the tertiary referral centre using the same wound care techniques, whilst also providing education to regional and rural residents and staff. Now that these clinics are established the next phase of the puzzle is being developed, here these clinics with support from ministry of health are  developing to become the burns hub for the local health district providing direct education and resources for the smaller rural centres in their region.

This presentation is a review of how the service has grown over the last five years, it will discuss the achievements gained in these clinics, how challenges have been handled and show how the JOBS network is now developing to expand minor burn care completely in the local region.

Nurse Practitioner for paediatric burns and kidsburns.

ESMB Key coordinator


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