We will continually increase the list of the exciting line up of speakers who will contribute to the Wounds Australia National Conference 2018

Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt

Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Costerton Biofilm Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark

Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt is a global expert in the role of biofilms in chronic infections, with over 150 peer reviewed publications in the biofilm field including the recent ESCMID guidelines for biofilm treatment and Consensus guidelines for the identification and treatment of biofilms in chronic nonhealing wounds published in WRR. His research focuses on biofilm formation and the role of bacterial biofilm in chronic infections, both in vitro, animal models and ex vivo material from chronic infections. Bjarnsholt is interested as to how bacteria initiate biofilms in the human body and why the immune defense seems to fail both in the initial infection and later in the chronic infection. His research also seeks to develop tools and methods to enable fast diagnosis of these infections, for better treatment and possible prevention. For this, Bjarnsholt works in close collaboration with clinicians at most of the major hospitals in Denmark. Bjarnsholt is the founder and organizer of the Danish Biofilm Workgroup, founder and advisory board of the “Biofilm Test Facility” and is former chairman now secretary of the ESCMID Study Group for Biofilms to name but a few contributions.

Dean Clifford

Motivational Speaker

Dean Clifford was not expected to live past the age of 5. When Dean was 10 he was told he would never walk again. Dean was told he would never be able to get a job or “fit into society”. Dean has turned every negative into a positive to not only defy all the odds but to rewrite all the rules along the way. Dean has not just survived, but found a way to thrive under extreme adversity to achieve more than anyone could have ever imagined.
Dean is very passionate about motivating and inspiring all by sharing his amazing life story to empower the audience. He challenges them to dare to dream and believe in themselves to chase their dreams and achieve as much as humanly possible.
What is so amazing about Dean Clifford you may say? Simple he is a survivor! Dean was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa which is commonly referred to by the media as Cotton Wool Kids or E.B. Dean’s life is one of extreme pain and hardship, yet he has never wavered from his own dreams to be a productive member of the community working and contributing in a meaningful way.
When Dean is not traveling the world sharing his story he is The Business and Marketing Officer for Ken Mills Toyota, The Stock Manager for an online sports company. Dean is also A Brand Ambassador for Toyota Australia, An Ambassador for the Brisbane Broncos Football Club, and a spokesperson for E.B Awareness.
If that is not enough 10years ago Dean took up the hobby and challenge to become a Powerlifter in his spare time. This has seen Dean now be worldwide regarded as one of the best powerlifters in his weight class. Amazing for someone who’s skin is still medically regarded as being as fragile as tissue paper.
Dean’s story is powerful, moving and empowering, an audience is taken on the emotional roller coaster –that is his life! Dean sharing his story- is life changing and makes one look seriously at life and what we all take for granted. He has something unique and special to offer to everyone, from all walks of life and every age group.
Dean motivates, encourages and empowers all who come in contact with him, His Motivational presentation titled Raising the Bar inspires everyone to follow their dreams and believe in themselves the way Dean has throughout his life. You most definitely come away inspired, realizing what the power of One can actually achieve.

Professor Paul Johnson

Austin Health
University of Melbourne

Professor Paul Johnson is an infectious diseases physician who is currently the deputy director of the Infectious Diseases Department at Austin Health, a University of Melbourne teaching hospital located in Melbourne, Australia. He has long standing research interests and extensive clinical experience with mycobacterial infections particularly Burul ulcer (Mycobacteium ulcerans infection). Since 1998 he has been a member of a WHO Technical Advisory Group on Buruli ulcer and is now Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans (Western Pacific Region) based at VIDRL in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. He has more than 170 peer reviewed publications in a diverse range of topics including Clinical Infectious Diseases, Microbial genomics, Infection Control and Mycobacteriology. .

Professor Karen Ousey

Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention
University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England

Professor Karen Ousey is Professor and Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, academic editor for Wounds UK and current chair for the International Wound Infection Institute. Currently she is working with NHS England on the Right Care initiative. Karen completed her BA (Economics and Social Studies) and MA in Health Service Management at the University of Manchester before completing her PhD at the University of Salford. Her clinical background is in orthopaedics and tissue viability. She has over 30 years’ experience in both clinical practice and in academia. Her research interests focus on skin integrity and infection prevention in particular the management of pressure ulceration, the importance of enhancing Health Related Quality of Life Outcomes and measurement of pressure, shear and friction. She is widely published (in excess of 100 papers) and has edited the text book Pressure Area Care and co-edited Lower Extremity Wounds: A Problem Based Approach. She has completed numerous systematic reviews and has expertise in qualitative research methodology.

Professor Alberto Piaggesi

Medical and Podiatry School
University of Pisa, Italy

Professor Alberto Piaggesi is professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the medical and podiatry school of the University of Pisa and professor of lower limb complications management at the school of specialisation in endocrinology and metabolism of the University of Pisa.
He is member Diabetic Foot Study Group (DFSG) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, where he served as member of the board of directors in the period 2004 – 2008, when he resigned to assume the directroship of the Diabetic Foot Study Group of the Italian Diabetologic Society. He is the Italian and European representative of the International Working Group on Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) amd he translated and implemented the IWGDF guidelines in Italy.
He is the founder of the Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons (ADFS) and the Scientific Recorder of the European Wound management association (EWMA). He authored the professional software “E-upodi@”, a dedicated program for the management of patients with Diabetic Foot which was adopted in the majority of specialized Diabetic Foot clinics in Italy.
He serves as a referee and editor for the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, Wounds, Diabetic Medicine, Diabetologia, Plos-ONE. He is the scientific responsible and organiser of the Italian and the International residential course on the management on lower limb complicatons of diabetes and he trained more than 1000 among diabetologist, podologist, nurses and ortothists in 17 years of continuative editions.

Dr Kevin Woo

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Queen’s University, Ontario
Adjunct Research Professor, School of Physical Therapy, Western University, Ontario
Advanced Wound Consultant, West Park Health Center, Toronto

Dr. Kevin Woo is an internationally-recognised expert in wound care and has served on a number of panels and advisory boards to develop best practice recommendations in Canada and internationally.
A recipient of the Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation (2014-19) and the International Association for the Study of Pain Early Career Research Award (2012-13), Dr Woo has a range of research interests, including enhancing chronic disease self-management, developing quality benchmarks for wound management, and implementing best practices for difficult-to-heal wounds. He is part of a research team that has received more than $5 million in grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant. He has authored or co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters, white papers and proceedings and is the web editor for the Advances in Skin and Wound Care website (http://journals.lww.com/aswcjournal), and a member of several editorial boards including World Council of Enterostomal Therapy Journal, International Wound Journal, and International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds. Kevin is a co-author of a recent article including a series of his patients to demonstrate the clinical effectiveness of Debrisoft for removing slough and promoting wound healing.
Dr Woo maintains his clinical expertise and functions as an Advanced Wound Consultant at the West Park Health Center, a specialised chronic care and rehabilitation hospital.
Dr Woo’s attendance at the conference is sponsored by Lohmann & Rauscher.