Determinants of Chronic Wound Management, Treatment, and Pathophysiology - Wesley Research Institute
Wesley Research Institute

This research will seek to determine both the systemic and pathophysiological determinants of chronic skin wounds.

Project Objectives





Estimated completion

December 2027

Patient Group

Patients with a chronic skin wounds

Study location

Wesley Research Institute, Auchenflower 4066

Study type

PhD Candidature

About this student project

Chronic skin wounds include pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, venous and arterial leg ulcers. These wounds can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life, and often result in individuals struggling to care for themselves at home. Chronic skin wounds are prevalent in older people and people with co-morbid medical conditions such as diabetes. These wounds have a substantial burden of disease, and in some cases can be a catalyst for early entry into residential aged care, making their prevention, identification, and management an important public health issue.

This research will seek to determine both the systemic and pathophysiological determinants of chronic skin wounds. Firstly, a health and aged care systems implementation science approach will be employed to determine contextual barriers and enablers of best-practice prevention and wound management. Secondly, the pathophysiology of different types of chronic wounds will be dissected using techniques such as vascularisation mapping and immune phenotyping. The project therefore provides a unique opportunity to gain skills in a broad range of research methods from qualitative interviews to biomedical-science bench techniques.

The successful candidate will work with both the Health Services Research team and the Coeliac Disease and Immune Health Research team at Wesley Research Institute, and will be enrolled at Charles Darwin University.


Essential criteria:

The successful applicant must meet the PhD course entry requirements at Charles Darwin University.

  • Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident; or a New Zealand Citizen.
  • First-Class Honours, Masters by Research, or relevant research experience.
  • Interest in chronic skin wound prevention, management, and treatment.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated research aptitude such as one or more publications in peer-reviewed journals, authorship of research reports, or clinical research experience.
  • Clinical experience in chronic skin wound prevention or treatment.
  • Understanding of health or aged care services operation and management.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to liaise with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Key Contacts

ANZSRC Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO)*

  • 200101 - Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
  • 280112 - Expanding knowledge in the health sciences

ANZSRC Field of Research (FoR)*

  • 111702 - Aged Health Care
  • 111708 - Health and Community Services
  • 420603 - Health promotion

How to Apply

To apply, please contact the Supervision Team at Wesley Research via with “Chronic Wounds PhD EOI” in the subject.

Please include:

  1. A cover letter that includes a brief statement of your suitability (maximum two pages).
  2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of any peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations and relevant work and/or research experience.
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