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June 2019

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Bernadette Parker with Jacqui Salway and Louise Higgins from The Alfred burns team.

Website to support regional burns care

Alfred Health’s burns team has launched a web resource to help regional clinicians care for patients with severe burns, once they return home.

Each year, almost 200 regional Victorians are transferred to the Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS) at The Alfred for treatment for severe burns.

Louise Higgins and Jacqueline Salway from VABS, who created the Road to Recovery resource, said the website would help regional clinicians provide expert follow-up care to patients with extensive burns injuries.

‘VABS is where the state’s most severe burns patients are taken for treatment,’ Ms Higgins said.

‘Each year, we see hundreds of patients from all over Victoria.

‘When they return home, these patients still require specialised ongoing monitoring and care and the VABS treating team will usually refer patients to clinicians in their own community.’

‘Severe burn injuries are uncommon and not something regional clinicians would see often,’ Ms Salway said.

‘So, we created this resource to support regional clinicians like GPs, nurses and allied health workers who are managing people recovering from burn injuries in their local communities.’

The online resource provides practical advice, guidance and visual demonstration of common burn injury care, including videos and fact sheets.

The Road to Recovery website was made possible by the Parker family.

In 2016, Trevor Parker died after sustaining significant burns in an accident on his property at Chiltern.

His family have been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for VABS.

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