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Wound closure and suturing course cover the theoretical and practical essentials required to close and manage non-complex traumatic lacerations, punch biopsy, and surgical excision. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of gaining closure, eliminating dead space and scar minimisation working within your technical ability, scope of practice and workplace policy and procedure to provide high level patient care. This course is combination of online learning with a practical skills training day which covers the following: Using instruments Local anaesthetic ​Knot tying Closure techniques: suturing, staples, glue and wound closure strips Wound management Follow-up care

APHN Suturing Workshop

Friday, April 12 2024
8:30AM - 1:30PM (ACST)
313 Payneham Road, Royston Park South Australia 5070

Recommended For

GPs, Nurses and Primary Health Care Providers in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area.


This workshop will introduce the practical essentials to close and manage noncomplex traumatic lacerations, biopsies, and surgical excisions.
The workshop is ideally suited to nurses, medical students and doctors that have little or no suturing experience or wish to advance their current basic skill of only using single interrupted suturing technique.
Multiple techniques are covered in this workshop including single interrupted, vertical, and horizontal mattress and deep inverted suturing as well as closure using staples and tissue adhesives.
(Workshop time permitting, subcuticular and skin flap closure techniques will also be covered.)

The principal objects of wound closure are adopted for this workshop:
• Gaining closure
• Eliminate dead space
• Approximation not strangulation
• Scar minimisation

Learning Outcomes

Assess wounds as suitable for closure within their scope and clinical ability.
Evaluate and refer complex lacerations for specialist care.
Prepare and drape wounds for closure using aseptic technique.
Manage uncomplicated lacerations and biopsies using appropriate techniques and materials to gain closure, eliminate dead space and ensure approximation not strangulation of wound edges.
Facilitate and promote scar minimization through best practice closure techniques, wound management, and patient education.
Apply appropriate dressings and follow-up care.


Workshop (including M. Tea & Lunch)
9:00AM - 1:30PM (ACST)
Registration / Arrival Tea & Coffee
8:30AM - 9:00AM (ACST)


Mr Bruce Greaves
RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, Course Developer and Facilitator
Health Education Collaborative

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged via invoice for non-attendance at this event. To notify us of your inability to attend, please email events@ampheat.com.au by no later than 3 full business days prior to the event.  If your cancellation is inside 3 business days and unavoidable, please ensure you contact the event manager to discuss whether this fee can be waived for your circumstance.


Non-attendance means you have registered and not notified us of your inability to attend at least 3 full working days prior to the event. 


Why do we charge this fee?

This fee is to cover administration, catering, venue and speaker costs.


Your notification of your inability to attend enables us to provide courtesy notification to speakers who are giving of their valuable time of a drop in attendance numbers. It may also enable us to give someone on a wait list your seat at the event. If we are notified in time to reduce catering numbers with a venue and not be charged, funding can be put towards future education events enabling us to offer more topics. Very low attendance numbers notified with enough notice may also enable us to re-schedule the event to a future date. For these reasons, please let us know with as much notice as possible if you cannot attend.

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Dr Rosanne Skalicky

Rural Generalist in Critical Care, Royal Flying Doctors SA

Dr Skalicky (often referred to as ‘Dr Rose’), is a senior Emergency Physician with extensive national and international experience. Having worked as an emergency physician in Tasmania, Queensland, and South Australia (RAH), Dr Rose headed overseas in 2009. With a passion for equitable access to healthcare and international development in EM, Dr Rose has spent the last decade working overseas in a fulltime capacity – remote NW Tanzania and most recently in Myanmar. In Myanmar, Dr Rose worked under the Ministry of Health developing acute emergency services and training nationally, which included a full-time teaching and clinical load. Having returned to Australia in early 2021 Dr Rose is currently employed by the RFDS as a Rural Generalist in Critical Care, working primarily out of Port Augusta.

Dr Roses’ professional interests include:

·Improving equity in health access
·Health care development of EM in low-middle income countries
·Capacity building of Health staff

When not at work Dr Rose enjoys caring for her family, reading, craft, and obviously seeing new places, and engaging with people from different cultures.