Name: Pam MitchellPam Mitchell 2020

Job title: Clinical Nurse Consultant Wound Management

Employer: Canterbury District Health Board

Professional qualifications: Diploma of Nursing; PG Dip Wound Healing & Tissue Repair (University of Wales College of Medicine); Masters of Nursing

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Bio:  I currently hold the post of the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Wound Management at Christchurch Hospital a role held for the past 15 years. My current role involves prevention, assessment and management of a wide spectrum of acute wound and chronic wounds including trauma, surgery, pressure injuries, palliative wound care and education. Co-clinical lead for Pressure Injury Prevention Community of Practice Project for the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards in New Zealand. My work history includes a long association with the Plastic Surgery Units at Burwood, Middlemore, and Christchurch Hospitals in New Zealand and Plastic and Craniofacial Unit in Oxford (England).

Pam has been a New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) member since 1999 and held multiple posts of Area Co-ordinator, National Committee Member, Vice President and Member of the New Zealand Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. She was recently awarded Lifetime Membership. Pam represented the NZWCS on the Steering committee of the Pan Pacific Guidelines, the Guideline Development Group for the 2014 International Guidelines and the Guideline Governance Group for the 2019 Review of the International Pressure Injury Guideline. I would like to see an initiative to adapt the Guidelines for areas and countries that have low resources

My passion is improving quality of life and outcomes for patients with wounds and particularly preventing and treating Pressure Injuries.

Name: Leanne BoltonLeanne Bolton 2020

Job title: Nurse Practitioner Candidate, Mary Potter Hospice

Employer: Mary Potter Hospice

Professional qualifications: RN, BN, PGCertPalliativeCare; PGDipNurs; MN with distinction

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Bio: I have worked as a Specialist Palliative Care Registered Nurse since 2011.  As a hospice inpatient unit Pressure Injury Champion, I become the key driver behind the implementation of evidence based guidelines through the use of the SSKIN bundle approach to care. This champion based initiative saw the incidence of pressure injury occurrence in a vulnerable population group decrease below bench marking standard. I have been a member of the NZWCS Pressure Injury Advisory Group since 2014. 

Name: Wendy Mildon

Job title: Clinical Nurse Specialist – WoundWendy Mildon

Employer: Hawkes Bay District Health Board.

Professional qualifications: RN,BN, Post Gd Dip Nursing ,Designated Provider ACC 

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Bio:  Employed as Clinical Nurse Specialist Wound for HBDHB working across primary and secondary care sector providing clinical advice, leadership and professional support for complex wound management within a range of clinical settings

The Prevention of Pressure Injuries and advocating for the best treatment options for individuals has become a key interest and passion. With the assistance of a group of wound resource nurses in HB championed a focus around education , treatment and prevention of pressure injuries for clinicians implementing updated combined risk assessment tool and SSKIN Bundles of care , data collection in conjunction with keeping abreast of the updated clinical guidelines. Wendy has accepted a secondment to the lead clinical role within the HBDHB project and partnering agreement with ACC to reduce and prevent pressure injuries across the region of HB.

Previous nursing experience as an Enrolled Nurse, general surgical retrained to registered nurse medical, renal, 14 years District Nursing .

Member of the NZWCS committee since 2013 area coordinator

Represented NZWCS - Pharmac woundcare advisory group

Name: Emil Schmidt emil

Job title: Wound Care Specialist

Employer: Southern DHB

Professional qualifications: WCNS, MNZCA, BN Hon, PG cert. wound care

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Bio:  Emil Schmidt has been working as the Wound Care Specialist for the Southern DHB for the last ten years. He is running nurse led clinics in the city and rural hospital throughout the Otago region. He loves teaching either at the bedside, clinics or more formal settings. He was the lead investigator for several national and international research projects in wound care. He has published several articles in nursing and medical journals and has presented at national and international conferences. Emil is a longstanding committee member of the NZWCS where he held the Treasurer portfolio from 2008 – 2013 and was elected as president of the Society in 2013.

Name:  Sharryn CookSharryn Cook

Job title: Clinical nurse coordinator/ Pressure injury practitioner

Employer: Nelson Marlborough District Health Board 

Professional qualifications: RN. PGCert. in Health Science. PGDip in Health Science

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Bio:  I am the National Committee member for Nelson Marlborough region and have been a member of the Pressure Injury Advisory Group for a couple of years. I'm passionate about education to prevent and manage pressure injuries. I feel privileged to be part of the PIAG team with the experience and knowledge that is shared as part of the New Zealand wound care society.


Name:  Jan JohnstoneJan Johnstone

Job title: Community District Nurse

Employer: Southern DHB

Professional qualifications: RN Grad cert Wound Management

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Bio:  I am an active member of the NZWCS, I currently hold the position of Area Coordinator for the Otago region and have recently joined the Pressure Injury Advisory Group. Pressure injuries are of a strong interest to me, especially in the community setting and imparting the knowledge to colleagues and clinicians in patient care. Implementing appropriate evidence-based interventions are essential to reduce incidence of pressure injuries to improving patient outcome. 

I am employed as a RN with the Southern District Health Board as a community district nurse.

Name:  Paula McKinnelPaula McKinnel

Job title: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Wound Care for CCDHB

Employer: Capital & Coast DHB

Professional qualifications: Diploma in Nursing,  BSc Hons Tissue Viability,  Masters in Nursing

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Bio:  Paula has been working with people who have a pressure injury or are at risk of, for most of her career. She has a passion for sharing and implementing evidence based practice across with all health professional disciplines and health care settings. She is a member of the NZWCS, currently a member of the PIAG.

Name:  Jane EdwardsJane Edwards 2

Job title: Community Wound Care Nurse  / RN Post Anaesthetic Care Unit

Employer: Healthvision / Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Professional qualifications: Diploma HE Nursing (Adult), BSc (Hons) Tissue Viability, Master in Nursing (in progress)

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Bio: Jane has an active interest in tissue viability, pressure injury prevention and management.  Her experience as a clinical nurse specialist in tissue viability at an orthopaedic hospital in Oxford UK has given her extensive knowledge into the devastating effects of pressure injuries on patients and family.  She is excited about the education of all staff, patients, family/whanau in all care facilities about pressure injury prevention and management. She has been a member of the New Zealand wound care society since 2007.  She is now the area co-ordinator for Bay of Plenty and is a member of the Pressure injury advisory group.


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