Silver Chain’s Professor Keryln Carville has been recognised on the international stage with an award for excellence in wounds management.

The Professor of Primary Health Care and Community Nursing at the in-home health and aged care provider was one of nine wound experts worldwide to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award .

The award, presented at the World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2022 in Abu Dhabi, recognises dedication in serving those with wounds.

Held every four years, Professor Carville described the conference as the ‘wound olympics’.

“We live in a time when there has been more science generated around wound healing than any other time,” she said in a statement.

“With this great privilege comes great responsibility to ensure our practices are underpinned by the latest scientific evidence available, as best practice contributes to best outcomes.”

Team effort

Professor Carville, who has a nursing career spanning more than five decades, works with a team of nurses at Silver Chain, who manage 53,000 wounds for almost 23,000 Australians each year.

Silver Chain CEO Dale Fisher said the provider’s nurses have been “pioneers and innovators” for more than 125 years that the organisation has been in existence.

“This acknowledgement of Professor Carville’s commitment to wound care reflects her vital leadership in this sector,” he said in a statement.

“It sets a high standard for our continued investment in the development of future wound care research leaders, with several of our employees undertaking PhD studies in the field.”

Multidisciplinary management

In her role, Professor Carville leads Silver Chain’s delivery of expert clinical practice in wound and ostomy care.

She helps coordinate the teaching of a multidisciplinary Wound Management Master Class Program and oversees clinical research in wound management and stomal therapy.

Professor Carville is also the author of the Wound Care Manual, an educational resource in many countries that promotes best practice in the assessment, treatment, and management of wounds.

She has previously won an inaugural WA Health Lifetime Achievement Award for Nursing and a WA Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Award.

Main image: Professor Keryln Carville (Supplied by Silver Chain Group)

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