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.

Read Professor Bjarnsholt’s Q&A here.

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 Allison Cowin

University of Adelaide

Allison Cowin is Professor of Regenerative Medicine and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia who is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of wound healing and scar formation. Her research on the cytoskeletal protein Flightless I has resulted in over 100 research articles, editorials and book chapters in leading international journals. She was awarded fellowship of Wounds Australia in 2014, was an SA finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business awards in 2015 and her research “Novel drug delivery of therapeutic antibodies to wounds” made the finals of the “Australian Innovation Challenge” (2015). She was the founding President of the Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society, is the Editor of Wound Practice and Research, Associate Editor for US Journal Wound Repair and Regeneration, and is a Board member of the Australian Society for Dermatology Research.

Read Professor Cowin’s Q&A here.

Nikki Frescos

La Trobe University

Nikki Frescos is currently completing her PhD, researching wounds, wound pain and diabetes related foot wounds. She works at the Austin Repatriation Hospital as a podiatrist wound consultant and clinical trials coordinator. She is treasurer and faculty member of the Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems and is a member of the Wounds Australia Research Portfolio and Credentialling Committee. Nikki also works as a health adviser for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and volunteers with Interplast Aust NZ, teaching diabetes foot related wound care and prevention in resource poor countries.
Read Nikki Frescos’ Q&A here.

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.
Read Professor Johnson’s Q&A here.

Dr Matthew Malone

South West Sydney Limb Preservation & Wound Research
High-Risk Foot Service, Liverpool Hospital

Matthew is the current Director of Research for the newly established South West Sydney Limb Preservation and Wound Research Academic Unit, and also the Head of Department for the High-Risk Foot Service at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. Matthew was recently appointed as a senior lecturer, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, where Matthew completed his PhD. His thesis focused on the use of molecular and microscopy techniques to better understand Diabetes Foot Infections and the role of biofilms in human health and disease.

Matthew is also a Fellow, Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. Matthew is a leading researcher in diabetic foot infections and the role of biofilms and is a current member of the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) diabetic foot infection guidelines working group. He is also a member of the Global Wound Biofilm Expert Panel, and a member of the Australian Society of Microbiology, Biofilm special interest group.

Andrea Minnis

Bendigo Wound Management

Andrea is a Nurse Practitioner in wound management and has over 25 years experience working with clients with chronic and complex wounds and oedema and established her private practice; Bendigo Wound Management in 2013. Andrea provides specialist treatment to individuals in both inpatient and community settings, including regional clinics. Andrea is a past President of the Victorian branch of Wounds Australia, was convenor of the 2016 Inaugural Wounds Australia conference. Andrea holds a Masters degree in Nursing (Research) and is passionate about improving community access to specialist wound management services and fostering the role of the Nurse Practitioner in wound management.

Clin Assoc Prof Patrice Mwipatayi

University of Western Australia
Perth Institute of Vascular Research

Clinical Associate Professor Patrice (Bibombe) Mwipatayi is a surgeon with speciality in vascular surgery and renal transplantation. He is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He also works in private practice. In 2008, Dr Mwipatayi was nominated for most ourstanding teacher by the UWA Faculty of Surgery. He is a world renowned presenter and has had multiple publications. He has consulted with government and been involved in programs for health leadership.

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.

Read Professor Ousey’s Q&A here.

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.
Alberto is member of the 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 directorship 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) and 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 specialised 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 complications of diabetes.

Read Professor Piaggesi’s Q&A here.

Eugene Salole

Value-Based Access
Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Eugene Salole is the principal at Value-Based Access Pty Ltd (VBA), an independent healthcare consultancy focussed on evidence-based medicine and achieving value-based funding for therapeutic innovations. Immediately prior to founding VBA in 2013, Eugene held senior roles in global healthcare companies in both the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. His professional experience includes pro bono consultancy projects for the WHO Essential Drugs Programme in sub-Saharan Africa, and advisory work for various national Ministries of Health. He regularly contributes to the peer-reviewed literature on the value of innovative healthcare technology, and is privileged to serve as Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.

Read Mr Salole’s Q&A here.

Professor Greg Schultz

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director of the Institute for Wound Research
University of Florida

Gregory Schultz, PhD, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Institute for Wound Research at the University of Florida. His research focuses on identifying and reversing the molecular imbalances that lead to excessive scar formation (fibrosis) and defining the role of bacterial biofilms in stimulating chronic inflammation and proteases that impair healing. Dr. Schultz has co-authored 400 scientific publications that have been cited over 17,000 times, has received $35 million grant support as PI or Co-investigator, is an inventor on 30 patents, and served as President of the Wound Healing Society (1999 to 2001).

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Monash University

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University, the Professor of wound care in the Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education. He has been a faculty member at St Anne’s College Oxford University and Auckland University . He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research and clinical practice and teaching and has over 100 publications including 27 book chapters. He is a board member of Wounds Australia, The International Wound Infection, the Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems and was an executive board member of the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society. He was the inaugural Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies and is President elect of the Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems. He is associate editor of the International Wound Journal, a member of the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research, Chronic Wound Care Management and Research and is a member of the advisory committee for Post Graduate Wound Care education at Monash University. He was awarded an OAM in the Queens birthday Honours in 2006 for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician. He was recognised at the 2008 World Wound Healing Congress in Toronto with a life time achievement award for his work in wound management.

Read Associate Professor Sussman’s Q&A here.

Wendy White

Wendy White Wound Care

Wendy White Wound Care, an independent wound consultancy service, was founded in 2007. Wendy has over 27 years of wound & skin care specific expertise from a wide range of settings and in private practice, she has delivered quality education, clinical and professional support services in national and international arenas including healthcare, residential, government, industry and insurance settings for the past 11 years.
Wendy is a past and current invited expert working with international advisory groups including wound related pain minimisation (2005 – 2008), improving wellbeing when living with a wound (2010 – 2012) & promoting advocacy in wound management (2014 – current).
Her areas of wound related clinical interest, research or publication include skin tear prevention and management, minimising wound related pain (including low resource setting), differentiation of neuropathic pain, wellbeing when living with a wound, clinicians as advocates, advanced skills acquisition programs including wound debridement and policy development.
She is a past contributing author, invited reviewer and guest editor (2017) for the Wound Australia publication ‘Wound Practice & Research’ and is a recipient of a Wounds Australia Fellowship (previously known as the Australian Wound Management Association), in recognition of her contribution to clinical practice, education, research and leadership in wound management throughout Australia, and the Asia Pacific region.

Read Ms White’s Q&A here.

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.

Associate Professor Michael Woodward

Director, Aged Care Research, Austin Health

Associate Professor Michael Woodward AM is head of the Wound Management Clinic and Director of Aged Care Research at Austin Health. He is a Past President of the Australian Wound Management Association (now Wounds Australia) and has been awarded Fellowship of Wounds Australia, the Australian Association of Gerontology and the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine. He was joint Editor of Wound Practice and Research for 12 years, and has now over 120 peer-reviewed papers on issues including wound management, dementia, quality use of medications and immunization. In 2016 he was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia in recognition of these and other achievements.