Wound Assessment

1h 5m of CPD
Sue Templeton
05 Aug 2018

This Course further explores the components of, and increases skills in, performing a systematic, standardised, accurate assessment of local wound characteristics.


Identify the characteristics that are included in a comprehensive wound assessment


Describe the various clinical presentations of each wound characteristic


State how to evaluate wound progress


Describe how to accurately measure wound dimensions


Sue Templeton

Sue Templeton works as the Nurse Practitioner: wound management for RDNS SA. Sue has worked in wound management since 1987 and has extensive clinical experience managing a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Sue provides clinical consultancy services, develops and delivers wound management education, and is involved in the development of wound management tools, policies, and procedures. Sue has been involved in AWMA/Wounds Australia at a national and local level for a number of years. Sue has undertaken clinical research and published and presented locally, nationally, and internationally. Sue has been involved in the development of several national and international guidelines and is active in a number of state and national committees. Sue is passionate about improving the lives of people with a wound and empowering others to deliver best practice in wound management.


Chunling Yang15 Oct 2018
Presentation is informative and easy to understand.

Angela Wessling12 Oct 2018
Very easy to understand. Nice clear presentation.

dinia hipolito10 Oct 2018
very well presented

Winnie Wang10 Oct 2018
Very good

Penelope Anne Wride08 Oct 2018
Excellent course!

Gemma Sheers06 Oct 2018
Great resource and knowledge

Carol COUPAR04 Oct 2018
A comprehensive lesson on wound management, presenter very engaging

Daryl Stuart02 Oct 2018
Valuable learning activity

Grace ty02 Oct 2018
Presentation was clear

Kaitlyn eyssens01 Oct 2018
Very comprehensive and has great examples for visual references to the content

Michelle Cole29 Sep 2018
Very informative presentation

Katie Ralton27 Sep 2018
The presentation was clear and concise.

Lisa-Jane Robertson26 Sep 2018
Excellent educator and well researched course content

Troy King26 Sep 2018
Presenter spoke well I did easy to understand all processes of wound management

Erin Louise Davis25 Sep 2018
Very good

emma honner19 Sep 2018

Nicole Carmody18 Sep 2018

Jen Kaiser17 Sep 2018
Well presented. Clear, concise and always relevant

Carmel Corbett14 Sep 2018
Great review of knowledge and wounds

Gail Whitmore14 Sep 2018
Thankyou for providing me with excellent resources That is useful and practical

Catherine Hillan13 Sep 2018
Very comprehensive. Would like some information on types of dressings and when to use, and holistic factors to be aware of that impact wound healing

Donna Patterson11 Sep 2018

Miechele Williams09 Sep 2018
Very informative and relevant to what I need

Julia Blackburn04 Sep 2018
Very informative and interesting.

Susan Langham29 Aug 2018
Informative, clear, engaging

Caleb Fellowes27 Aug 2018
Excellent overview on how to perform a comprehensive wound assessment!

Clementine Cash27 Aug 2018
I loved it. It was clear and so very helpful.

Angela MCINNES24 Aug 2018
Really useful update on assessing wounds

Vidya Vikram22 Aug 2018
It was really interesting

Delphine FINET21 Aug 2018
Very good presentation about wound characteristics and wound management.

Jennifer Francis21 Aug 2018
Excellent, I learned so much,

Elaine elizabeth bechaz20 Aug 2018
This session was useful and easy to understand. The use of visuals and demonstrations assisted in consolidating the information provided.

Tracy burke19 Aug 2018
Very informative presentation

Crystal Marshman18 Aug 2018
Thanks, you had a great presentation, loved the standards were included.. thanks

Belinda Gentle17 Aug 2018
Very informative

Renee Taylor16 Aug 2018
Great resource, so practical and helpful.

Elwyn Thompson15 Aug 2018
Well presented with clear comments

Sara Castelijn15 Aug 2018
Great VLA. Very thorough and understandable. Great presenter too.

Amber GoodwIn14 Aug 2018
Excellent simple and easy to follow thank you

Ang Tian Cheng Sky12 Aug 2018
Something every nurses should know

Ellen Mea Aguirre11 Aug 2018
very helpful

Mary Ann Samson09 Aug 2018
The subject was very interesting and detailed. The educator is very knowledgable and specific in describing and detailing wound assessment and documentation. I would highly recommend this to my collegues.

Charli Bass09 Aug 2018
Great resource

Deborah Wheeler09 Aug 2018
Easy to follow and understand information

Carolyn Armstrong08 Aug 2018
Great advice on thorough wound assessment

Sally Carson07 Aug 2018
This assessment of wounds was helpful as it went through the different types of wounds and healing and measuring wounds.

Kristen Bachas07 Aug 2018
Was very easy to understand.

wendy Buggy27 Jun 2018
Fabulous, very informative!

Bebeluna Schulz26 Jun 2018
Great learning tool

Roger Horsley19 Jun 2018
Good information regarding classification and documentation of wounds

Rita edbrooke14 Jun 2018
Excellent presentation

Terry woods07 Jun 2018

Georgia Jones02 Jun 2018
very informative and easy to understand

Sirini Prathibha Ariyarathna Korale Kankanamge31 May 2018
Very informative

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018
gained insight

Elizabeth Taylor30 May 2018
great tool

Susan ingall30 May 2018
Explained well.

gained knowledge about the wound assessment.

Lucy Lewis29 May 2018
Very informative

Lily Francis29 May 2018
Very engaging and useful to practice.

Lynne Berridge27 May 2018

Baek Eunyoung27 May 2018
Couldn't be better. Brilliant lecture. Thank you so much.

Caitlin Broome27 May 2018
Fantastic course. The presenter is fantastic and engaging as well as very easy to understand.

Jessica Arnold27 May 2018
engaging video

yi jun chen26 May 2018
very good

Emily Hathaway25 May 2018
I found this course genuinely beneficial to my practice. The videos were informative, with instructive demonstrations and photography. The short quizzes in between sessions helped to consolidate my learning as well...overall I'm really glad I completed this course, I would definitely recommend it as a refresher.

Ruth Curtis25 May 2018
Good base knowledge about wound management.

Divina Evangelista25 May 2018
The educator is engaging and knowledgeable. I would recommend this education to other health professionals.

Anna Prusiak25 May 2018
Easy to understand thankyou!

Krishna paudel24 May 2018
wish there were more questions with pictures

Catherine Anne Adams23 May 2018
Very clear presenter with brilliant photos of wounds.

Ana Liza Sabater Tolinero23 May 2018
I was able to learn a lot

Geetha Rani Ammini23 May 2018
Very informative.

Mele Funaki23 May 2018
Very interesting and good.

Adele Mackie22 May 2018
Very well present.

Graham Jones22 May 2018
Very good resource.

Kimberly Higgs22 May 2018
I found this course easy to follow & informative & new material was learnt specifically in relation to collecting wound dimensions

Eva Bodnar21 May 2018
Was fantastic with simple language and educational

Elodie Bouchard20 May 2018
Very informative.

Emily tui wharerimu20 May 2018
great resource

Jennifer Elder19 May 2018
Very informative.

Mark canning16 May 2018
It was really good

Diana Maritza Montoya Mateus16 May 2018
Sue is great I love her lectures. She is very thorough and engaging.

Susan Lynch16 May 2018
Informative presentation.

Lin Jiang14 May 2018

Don Blundell13 May 2018
Very informative and easy to follow

Werner Cossid12 May 2018

Mi Park11 May 2018
very helpful. thank you.

Karamjeet Kaur10 May 2018
I have learned the assessment of wound and stages and types of wound.

caragh pugh09 May 2018
very interesting

Samantha Hannah Cohen09 May 2018
Great refresher

Joungsim BAE07 May 2018

Cheryl Carpenter03 May 2018
Highly recommended

Judith Trevena03 May 2018
I found this to be very informative and gave me a greater understanding of how to assess a wound.

Amandeep Kaur02 May 2018

Joshua Lees02 May 2018
This education session was both comprehensive and concise.

yan zhang29 Apr 2018
very useful vedio

cathleen Farewell28 Apr 2018
Very informative and easy to understand

Naomi Cross27 Apr 2018

Louise Morosi26 Apr 2018
A great wound care resource.

Rijo George24 Apr 2018
The topic was very informative.

Kayla Smith24 Apr 2018
very good

malissa Underwood23 Apr 2018
Excellent resource, thank you. I wish I had this video in nursing school. The images were exceptionally helpful as was the practical demonstration.

Peter Michael Osbucan Olat22 Apr 2018
very informative

Lynette Bradley18 Apr 2018
Filled knowledge gap

Wendy Boehringer17 Apr 2018
good presenter

Nida Deligero Lagunay17 Apr 2018
A very useful material.

Fiona williams14 Apr 2018
Great to have the e-learning on wound measurements, very practical

skye haynes12 Apr 2018

Linda Wallwork11 Apr 2018
Great refresher. Great presentation

Judy Berry10 Apr 2018
Very valuable information in this presentation: The area of wound management, understanding the type of wounds, the appropriate dressings and their applications. Identifying wounds that have a good chance of healing and those who need maintenance for the patient's comfort. Excellent presentation, thank you.

Cindy Barkhuizen08 Apr 2018
effective training

Casey Casey07 Apr 2018
very informative

Kim Dunning06 Apr 2018
Very informative especially on correct wound measurement techniques.

Larissa Jachmann (Schwartz)05 Apr 2018
The information is very good bu the presenter is very monotone and static which make the lesson not very engaging.

Susannah Maher03 Apr 2018
very informative

alisdair alisdair23 Mar 2018
very informative

Isabella Kuun21 Mar 2018
Wound assessment is a skill and need practise

Anne Jordan18 Mar 2018
Educator knowledgeable

Kasha Wiencierz14 Mar 2018

siobhan perkins10 Mar 2018
Excellent video.

Andrea Ireland07 Mar 2018
Good VLA

Timothy Riegerix05 Mar 2018
Very informative, concise, and engaging. The pictures were very helpful

Limor Weingarten24 Feb 2018
Love the wound measuring demonstration

Shan Gao23 Feb 2018
A good review of basic wound assessment knowledge.

Katrina Johnson22 Feb 2018
Great module. Very thorough and succinct.

Jessica Khan20 Feb 2018

Lyndsay Sutherland19 Feb 2018
Very good course to advance understanding of assessment of the characteristics of a wound and the documentation needed in order to assess wound healing. Does not include any resources on how to heal wounds, purely assessment of the wound.

Owen Cornelius19 Feb 2018
Very well presented.

Jeanie Kay Buchanan19 Feb 2018
Was presented with illistrations which made it very practical and helps with the visual learning. Well put together

felicity Goswell19 Feb 2018
Very good refresher.

Lorraine Gawler19 Feb 2018
Excellent presenter

Catherine Winnell19 Feb 2018
Great refresher. There are a number of assessment strategies that will come in handy on the ward.

Geraldine Hunter15 Feb 2018
The use of photographs in supporting the information outlined was very helpful. The presenter was obviously knowledgeable in this field and I enjoyed her seminar - thank you, Sue!

Ann Trebilcock15 Feb 2018
Good resource with informative information.

Pamela Gordon15 Feb 2018
Thoroughly informative

Barbara Stokes14 Feb 2018
Excellent presentation with photographs

Jo-Anne Gardner14 Feb 2018
Excellent overview

Fiona Le Cren14 Feb 2018
I found this session very informative and I did pick up something new for Wound Care

Ruth Spencer14 Feb 2018
The information was clear, succinct, well explained with evidence from wound management Australia and clearly and well presented. An excellent presentation.

Lida Munoz13 Feb 2018
Wound assessment is paramount in a high care section of an aged care facility. As a RN I'm required to update knowledge on wound assessment and treatment as well as in documentacion to manage wounds appropriately. As a RN my ultimate goal is to provide quality of care and maximise quality of life of my residents.

Renalyn Sotero13 Feb 2018
This is very informative.

Melanie Melbourne13 Feb 2018
The educator spoke clearly and slowly so I had time to absorb the information, the practical examples she gave were of great assistance. Showing on a model how to measure a wound made it so much easier to understand.

daniel kan13 Feb 2018
very informative.

Yvonne May Craig13 Feb 2018
I enjoyed this presentation and I have come away more knowledgeable on wound assessment

Paramaswari Perumal13 Feb 2018
I played the video and it always playing the introduction again and not going into the next step. Am I the only one with this issue

Mary Helen Olsen06 Feb 2018
The educator knew her topic of wound care & how to complete wound assessment

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Characteristics of a comprehensive wound assessment
  • Standards for wound management
  • Measuring wound dimensions
  • Evaluating wound progress

Target audience

Health professionals in acute care, aged care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people with wounds.


Enhance knowledge and skills in regards to assessment of wounds. The focus is on undertaking a comprehensive and accurate assessment of local wound characteristics.


A comprehensive assessment of wound characteristics is a fundamental component of wound management. It includes wound dimensions, exudate quantity and quality, wound tissue type, odour, pain, wound edge and surrounding skin. A thorough, systematic wound assessment contributes to determining wound aetiology and severity, is the basis upon which treatments and wound dressings are determined, and allows progress to be measured. Whilst health professionals are required to assess and record wound characteristics, many have never received formal training regarding how to do this. Texts often list the components of a wound assessment, but frequently lack description regarding those components. This can lead to health professionals making varied and sometimes inaccurate assessments of wound characteristics. Using systematic, standardised wound assessment methods based on an informed, sound understanding of wound characteristics promotes reliability and confidence in wound assessment, leading to better decision making regarding wound management and ultimately improved outcomes for patients.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.