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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives:

- Each year over 420,000 people suffer from a chronic wound. This costs Australia's health and aged care budgets more than $3 billion.
- The average out-of-pocket costs are over $340 per month. Most patients already endure financial stress as they have comorbidities such as diabetes or are pensioners and retirees over 65.
- People are prevented from working, studying, exercising and simple tasks. The social stigma can lead to mental health complications. There is a severe impact on the economy.
- A lack of knowledge adds to the problem. People are unaware of risks and warning signs. There are no wound care modules in courses, including degrees in Medicine and Nursing.

We therefore ask the House to: implement 'Wounds Australia’s 11 Point Plan' (available at, including measures that will cut patient numbers and taxpayer funds required to treat them:

1. Medicare funding for treating chronic wounds in primary care

2. Subsidising products for people at risk of venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and 65+

3. Funding a public health campaign on risks and warning signs

4. Wound care training for existing health and aged care workers

5. Introducing wound care modules in health and aged care tertiary courses

6. Implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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