Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers


Topics: Aetiology , Prevention , Diagnosis , Assessment and referral , Management
MeSH Headings: Varicose Ulcer
Population life stage: 18+ years
Why are you developing this guideline?: Aim of the guideline To develop multidisciplinary evidenced based guidelines for the diagnosis, prevention and management of venous leg ulcers for the Australian community. Venous leg ulceration (VLU) is a debilitating, chronic condition that affects people of all ages. There is a high incidence of VLU and recurrence within the Australian community. The guidelines seek to assist primary health care professionals to: - Minimise incidence and prevalence of VLU in Australia - Improve knowledge of health care professionals and the public in relation to VLU - Provide the best available evidence - Support future research and quality activities - Prevent recurrence - Optimise self management - Optimise health related quality of life - Address barriers to implementation
What level of use is this guideline being developed for?: National
Is this a new guideline or a replacement/update for an existing guideline?: New guideline
Setting of care: Any setting of care

Developer Details


Organisation name: Australian Wound Management Association

Contact person

Title: Mrs
First name: Judith
Surname: Barker
Phone: 02 - 62051821
Fax: -
Postal address: P.O. Box 621 Woden ACT 2606

Collaborating organisations

Collaborating partners: yes
Organisation name/s: Australian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Nurses , New Zealand Wound Care Society

Important dates

Registration date 2010-04-08
Estimated Commencement date 2009-02-19
Estimated Completion date 2011-09-05

Development Status

Current development status of guideline Development phase
Development status comments Commenced developing the guidelines in partnership with the NHMRC. The Guideline Assessment Register (GAR) consultant commenced with the VLU committee in February 2009. Literature review and appraisal of the literature commenced under the guidance of the GAR consultant. Grading of the literature continues with recommendations and evidence summaries in draft copies. Consumer and stakeholders consultation ongoing throughout the process.

Funding details

Current funding status of guideline Will be seeking funding
Other comments