Seminar heals all wounds

2018-10-30 06:00

A national seminar on wound healing was held in Woodstock this past weekend, featuring local, national and international delegates.

The Wound Healing Association of Southern Africa (Whasa) hosted the event at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Woodstock.

Organisers say their main targeted groups were nurse practitioners and medical
officers.

Presenters included trauma doctors, dieticians, general surgeons and plastic
surgeons.

It was estimated that between 180 and 220 local, national and international delegates would attend the seminar.

October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one of the themes of the seminar included a lecture by Professor Magda Mulder on the management of malignant wounds.

Dr Liana Roodt, a specialist general surgeon with a passion for cutting-edge breast care and surgery, including breast-conserving cancer surgery, also presented.

After graduating, she completed her internship at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2008 and her community service in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in 2009.

After returning to Cape Town, she worked at GF Jooste Hospital in Manenberg as a surgical medical officer while also completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch.

It was during this time that she created Project Flamingo, a successful non-profit company, to address the long and distressing treatment waiting time faced by breast cancer patients in the public health care
sector.

Project Flamingo which was started in 2010 puts into physical form her belief that breast cancer patients, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances, need more than just an operation: They need timely and compassionate care.

The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) was invited to be part of the display and awareness campaign.

On behalf of the Whasa Western Cape regional committee and the national executive committee, regional chairperson Johlene Sander thanked all for their support and presence.

“It was a privilege and honour for us to arrange and host the Whasa National Congress in 2018 and now the challenge is out there for any region to do so in 2019,” she said.

Sander says she looks forward to seeing the association grow and continue to educate members of the interdisciplinary team to ensure that patients have a well-informed and educated practitioner who will facilitate optimal wound healing to everyone.

Also among the presenters was Dr Breda Cullen who has a PhD in Biochemistry with a focus on studying the wound environment in non-healing wounds. Since 1994, Cullen has worked in chronic wound repair.

The seminar wrapped up on Saturday 27 October

V For more information on Project Flamingo, visit www.projectflamingo.co.za.

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