Everything we learn means that we do better tomorrow. The first patient I treated with culture skin changed the lives of many, many people who came afterwards. It’s only by learning, it’s only by learning the hard lessons that we get better
Professor Fiona Wood, at the third annual address on Immigration and Citizenship, Old Parliament House, 2012
Burn injuries are horrific and they present complex problems for both the patient and clinicians to deal with.
The road to recovery can be a long and complex one and an innovative approach is needed to tackle the cosmetic, functional and psychological issues related to burn injury.
The Foundation facilitates an interdisciplinary approach, combining the discoveries from innovative scientific and clinical research, with the skills of world class clinicians and practitioners at the adults and children’s State Burns Units (Burns Service of WA).
Our collaboration with the burns units provides the Foundation with the unique opportunity to dissemintate and translate research findings to 'best' clinical practice. This enables the multidisciplinary burns team of surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other allied health professionals, to be at the forefront of innovation.
This unique collaboration is building on the revolutionary work done to develop cell culture and ‘spray on skin’ which has had a global impact on the lives of burn patients.
Everything we do is focused on solving the multitude of problems that can arise from the time of injury, through recovery and rehabilitation, in order to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
Our 3 Pillars of Research
For every clinical problem we need to solve, we look to each of our pillars of research to inform us.
By combining this expertise we will find answers, enabling us to develop the new technologies, techniques and interventions needed to drive improved evidence based clinical practice and excellence in care for all.
Basic Science - ground breaking research into tissue repair and regeneration
Our science researchers are deepening their knowledge of the impact of burn injury on the skin as well as on other vital organs and tissue function.
They are exploring how these changes influence
- wound healing and the skins ability to repair and regenerate
- scar formation and maintenance
These impacts change over time and show individual differences, adding to the complexity of their research.
Population Health - unique data linkage drives intervention and prevention initiatives
This unique research provides vital data on the long term health impacts of burn injury, allowing us to assess the significance of findings from basic science and clinical research.
We might see cardiac changes in patients following burns injury but to know if this has a long term affect, for example an increase in cancer or cardiac disease, we need to look at our population data. Our data also helps target prevention and education programs.
Clinical Research - developing innovative technologies and evidence based treatments
It aims to
- measure and enhance quality of life outcomes, which change from time of injury and throughout recovery.
- determine the value of current treatments
- establish benchmarks for ‘best practice’
- drive new improved approaches.
Translation to patient care
By combining the findings from our 3 Pillars we strive to develop and trial new innovative technologies, techniques and interventions.
Our ultimate goal is to translate these treatments into new improved evidence based practice, delivering excellence in care for all.
This is how we will improve quality of life – and continue our journey to scarless healing.
Find out what Our Impact has been.