Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia
Allison Cowin is Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Deputy Director of The Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia. Over the past 25 years her wound research has resulted in over 175 research articles, editorials and book chapters in leading international journals. She is a Fellow of Wounds Australia and has been awarded over $20M in grants including continuous NHMRC funding since 2004 for her work developing antibody technologies for the treatment of wounds. Her research has received special recognition from the NHMRC by inclusion in its ‘10 of the best projects’ publication. She has been awarded five independent fellowships (3 from the NHMRC) won the Women in Innovation: Science award was an SA finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business awards and her research “Novel drug delivery of therapeutic antibodies to wounds” made the finals of the “Australian Innovation Challenge”. Prof Cowin is the Co-Chair of the National AHRA Wound Research Initiative and a member of Wounds Australia National Research Committee. She was the founding President of the Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society and is the Editor of Wound Practice and Research. Her spinout company, AbRegen Pty Ltd is developing antibody therapies for tissue repair.
Dr Kathleen Finlayson is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Primary Health Care and a PhD in the area of chronic wound management. Prior to researching in wound management, Dr Finlayson practised as a Registered Nurse and Midwife for over twenty years, primarily in the areas of rehabilitation, community, aged care, and women’s health. In 2018 Dr Finlayson was awarded a Fellow of Wounds Australia, in recognition of her extensive service and contribution to research and education in wound management. In her research career she has published over 80 refereed journal articles and received over six million AUD in grants. Over the past 20 years Kathleen has worked on research projects relating to wound management and prevention, primary health care and service delivery, chronic disease management, evidence-based practice and implementation science.Dr Kathleen Finlayson is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Primary Health Care and a PhD in the area of chronic wound management. Prior to researching in wound management, Dr Finlayson practised as a Registered Nurse and Midwife for over twenty years, primarily in the areas of rehabilitation, community, aged care, and women’s health. In 2018 Dr Finlayson was awarded a Fellow of Wounds Australia, in recognition of her extensive service and contribution to research and education in wound management. In her research career she has published over 80 refereed journal articles and received over six million AUD in grants. Over the past 20 years Kathleen has worked on research projects relating to wound management and prevention, primary health care and service delivery, chronic disease management, evidence-based practice and implementation science.
Adjunct Associate Professor Bill McGuiness RN, Dip T, B Ed, MNS, PhD, FAWMA
Bill has been involved in wound management for the past 20 years. Bill is a past president of the Australian Wound Management Association and board member of Wound Australia. He was made a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) in 2014 and a life member of AWMA (Vic) in 2015.
He has been the Director of the La Trobe University clinical school and held a clinical appointment as a wound clinical nurse consultant at Alfred Health for 18 years. Bill has been awarded in excess of 2.5million in research grants, published more than 50 articles, has been keynote speaker at a number of international conferences and a visiting scholar for the Ministry of Health Singapore and Indonesia.
Terry Swanson completed her undergraduate work in the USA before immigrating to Australia in 1988. She was endorsed in 2004 as one of the first Nurse Practitioners in her state and specialty of wound management. Terry was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association in 2010 for her significant contribution to wound management at a state, national and international level. She is the current Vice Chair of the International Wound Infection Institute (IWII) and chaired the development and publication of the 2016 and Co-chaired the 2022 IWII Consensus Document Wound Infection in Clinical Practice. Terry served as the Chair of IWII from 2012 until 2015. She is also on the International Relations WUWHS board and serves as Co-Chair of the Supporting Societies subcommittee.
Terry has published and presented on chronic wounds and wound infection nationally and internationally. She was the lead author and editor for the book Wound Management for the Advanced Practitioner. Terry was the Scientific Chair of the 2018 Wounds Australia National Conference and has held positions of responsibility of various nursing and wound related boards locally, nationally and internationally. When Terry was President of the Australian Wound Management Association (now Wounds Australia) Victorian Branch Terry was on the organising committee and helped host the first World Union of Wound Healing Conference in Melbourne in 2000.
Dr Tehan is an experienced podiatrist working at the John Hunter Hospital high risk foot clinic, and a senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle podiatry program. Dr Tehan completed her PhD in 2016 which was an investigation of methods to assess lower limb vascular status. Dr Tehan’s research interests lie in vascular assessment of the wounded limb, as well as addressing inequity in diabetic foot disease outcomes in rural and remote areas of Australia. Dr Tehan leads the diabetes and wound management course at the University of Newcastle and is currently an associate editor of Wound Practice and Research.
Hunter New England Health Greater Newcastle Sector Community & Aged Care Services.
Lyn is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner Wound Management in the community setting of Hunter New England Health. She is particularly interested in preventing acute wounds becoming chronic and the address of chronic wounds.
She is a long term member of Wounds Australia (formerly AWMA), past president of AWMA NSW, Past chair of Wounds Australia Aseptic Technique in Wound Dressing Procedure, current member of Wounds Australia NSW Branch.
A/Prof Woodward MB BS MD FRACP is Head of Aged Care Research and the Wound Management Clinic at Austin Health in Melbourne. He is a past President and a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association, now Wounds Australia. He is immediate past Chair of the Wounds Australia Research Committee, and remains a member of that Committee. He leads several research trials investigating new therapies and other aspects of management of chronic wounds.
He has published 140 peer reviewed research papers, numerous book chapters and delivered 460 scholarly addresses. For 12 years, to the end of 2016, he was joint editor of Wound Practice and Research, the journal of Wounds Australia. He is past chair of the ‘Geriatric Therapeutics’ section of the editorial board of the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. He is also a member of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee, which approves drugs and dressings for Australian Veterans, and chairs their Advisory Wound Care Committee which recently released the revised DVA Wound Care manual and on-line wound dressings chart.
On Australia Day 2016 Michael was honoured to receive Membership of the Order of Australia for his work in geriatric medicine and as an author.