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South Eastern Melbourne PHN – Burns and Wound Infection Management


Please join South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) as we welcome back Jan Rice to present this session on Burn and Wound Management.


Jan  Rice – Wound Nurse Consultant

Jan trained at The Alfred hospital and progressed through various training programs to eventually study Plastic Surgery Nursing. She worked in the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit from 1979-1993. This led her into wound management in a formal sense in 1994 when she joined Wound Foundation of Australia. 

Since then, Jan has been training in wound management for Monash University, La Trobe University and Training Beyond 2000. She has authored many short papers on wound management and co-authored book chapters and a training manual in plastic surgical nursing. She holds a Masters in Wound Care.

Jan has worked on many advisory boards and been a member of many committees focused on wound care. In 2006 Jan set up  a wound clinic at a large metropolitan Melbourne General Practice, which ran until 2021. 

In 2013 Jan set her own private practice consultancy service working mostly in aged care – Jan Rice WoundCare Services- which sees her consulting in aged care, acute private surgical hospitals and private homes.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session the attendees should be able to:

  • Describe Jacksons model of burn injury
  • Describe the characteristics of superficial partial thickness burns
  • Describe the characteristics of what burns can be managed safely in community settings
  • Describe the management of superficial partial thickness burns in community settings
  • Understand the importance of the IWII consensus document on wound infection
  • Describe the subtle characteristics of local infection
  • Discuss the principles of wound hygiene
  • Discuss topical agents to be used on locally infected wounds
  • Speak on the principles of antimicrobial stewardship
  • Describe the role of skin surfactants in wound cleansing