List of Wound Care Organizations

Executive Summary

This article will provide a list of wound care organizations. This list can be used to find wound care resources, identify key stakeholders, and other opportunities. 

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Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH)

  • APWH, the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing, is the very first physician-oriented organization in wound care that has been created to meet the needs of the physician in three subject areas: clinical and operations-focused education, compensation advocacy, and legislative action on health care issues. APWH is open to all prescribing physicians (MD, DO and DPM) and physician assistants (PA).

Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

  • The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is a non-profit multidisciplinary trade organization that unites leading wound care organizations and experts to advocate on public policy issues that may create barriers to patient access to treatments or care.
  • Key focus areas include coding, coverage, and reimbursement; quality measures and wound care research. 

American Board of Wound Management (ABWM)

  • The American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization established for the purpose of credentialing multi-disciplinary professionals in the field of wound management.
  • The organization administers a certification process that elevates the standard of care across the continuum of wound management.

American Physical Therapy Association

  • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy.

American Professional Wound Care Association

  • The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) is a non-profit medical association welcoming medical providers from all disciplines involved in prevention and treatment of difficult wounds.
  • This association provides an informational and educational forum for healthcare providers while promoting excellence in wound healing and patient advocacy.

American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair

  • The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWH) is a non-profit organization based in Chicago committed to advancing the field of wound care through education, research, and advocacy. 
  • The ultimate goal of the organization is to designate wound care as a board-certified medical specialty.

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care

  • The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the research and clinical application of evidence-based wound care. As a not-for-profit association, AAWC gives numerous benefits to build a collaborative wound care community for optimal care of those who suffer from chronic non-healing wounds.

Nurses Specializing in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (formally known as Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy)

  • NSWOCC acts in the public interest for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence to give national leadership in a wound, ostomy, and continence promoting high standards for NSWOC practice, education, research, and administration to achieve quality specialized nursing care. 

Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine

  • The Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine, CFPM, is a non-profit professional organization comprising duly qualified foot care practitioners (chiropodists and podiatrists) who are committed to the code of ethics of the CFPM.

Canadian Nurses Association

  • CNA is a national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada, which represents 139,000 registered nurses. The CNA advocates for advancing nursing excellence and promotes profession-led regulation.

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association

  • The Canadian Podiatric Medical Association is a non-profit organization working on behalf of its 400 plus members – Canada’s premier foot specialists. We are dedicated to enhancing the profession of podiatry and increasing awareness among Canadians about the importance of good foot health care. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

Diabetes Canada (formally known as Canadian Diabetes Association)

  • Diabetes Canada is a driving force to build awareness of the disease and its implications, which are often misunderstood.
  • Diabetes Canada is the national voice for millions of Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes.

European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

  • The EPUAP has produced an academic textbook on pressure ulcers and developed guidelines for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment that are used all over Europe. Priorities including the implementation of guidelines, growth of the society, and strengthen the research profile and play an important role in awareness and education.

European Wound Management Association (EWMA)

  • The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) is a European not-for-profit umbrella organization, linking national wound management organizations, individuals, and groups with interest in wound care. Central to EWMA’s objectives is to support the implementation of interdisciplinary and cost-effective wound care of high quality.

IDF Consultative Section on the Diabetic Foot/IWGDF

  • The International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) was founded in 1996 and became in 2000 a Consultative Section of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
  • Aims of the IWGDF are stimulating proper research and to advice scientific meetings of which the very successful quadrennial  International Symposiums on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF) since 1991 in Noorwijkerhout, the Netherlands is the far most striking example.

International Wound infection Institute

  • The IWII is a multidisciplinary inclusive society, providing a global perspective on the latest developments in wound infection. The International Wound Infection Institute is for anyone with a professional interest in wound infection control.

Journal of Wound Care

  • Journal of Wound Care (JWC) is the definitive wound-care journal and the leading source of up-to-date research and clinical information on everything related to tissue viability.
  • The journal was first launched in 1992 and aimed at catering to the needs of the multidisciplinary team. Published monthly, the journal’s international audience includes nurses, doctors and researchers specializing in wound management and tissue viability, as well as generalists wishing to enhance their practice.

National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy

  • NAWCO is a non-profit organization, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO) is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of excellence in the delivery of wound care and ostomy to the consumer through credentialing proficiency of healthcare practitioners.

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

  • The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is an independent not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure injuries.
  • The NPUAP serves as a resource to health care professionals, government, the public, and health care agencies; and welcomes and encourages the participation of those interested in pressure injury issues through utilization of NPUAP educational materials, participation at national conferences, and support of efforts in public policy, education and research.

Ontario Wound Interest Group

  • The organization is a group of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals representing all healthcare sectors who lead, promote and influence wound prevention and treatment of public policy for all citizens in our Ontario Health Care System.

Tissue Viability Society

  • The organization works in partnership with members to establish a new wounds research network (WReN), working to raise awareness, working in close collaboration with the Journal of Tissue Viability and more. 

Wounds Australia (formally known as Australian Wound Management Association)

  • Wounds Australia is the peak body for wound care and management in Australia through advocacy, education, and research. Wounds Australis publishes Standards and Guidelines and a peer-reviewed journal to promote best practice in wound prevention and management. It provides educational resources and delivers educational activities for health professionals. 

Wound Care Canada

  • Established in 1995, Wounds Canada (Canadian Association of Wound Care), is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of wound prevention and management by being the leading knowledge mobilization organization relating to wounds in Canada.
  • Wounds Canada’s efforts are focused on four key areas: Education, Research, Advocacy and Awareness, and Partnerships.

Wound Care Information Network

  • WebCME produces medical education programs and offers continuing medical education via the advanced online interface. The online CME courses adhere to current standards set by the ACCME and ANCC and strive for excellence in the quality of our educational content. 

Wound Healing Society

  • The Wound Healing Society (WHS) is the premier scientific organization focused on wound healing. A non-profit organization composed of clinical and basic scientists and wound care specialists, the mission of the WHS is to improve wound healing outcomes through science, professional education, and communication.
  • The WHS provides a forum for interaction among scientists, clinicians, and other wound care practitioners, industrial representatives, and government agencies. 

Wounds International

  • Wounds Group is a major international healthcare communications business with a global reach in wound management. Our mission is to deliver innovative educational materials, online, in print and in person that successfully meet the needs of those practicing wound healing across different geographies.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

  • The WOCN Society is a professional community dedicated to advancing the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs.
  • The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is recognized worldwide for the promotion of safe and effective wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) care.

Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Certification Board

  • The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) is a not-for-profit professional, international nursing organization certifying over 8,000 registered nurses who are specialists in the field of a wound, ostomy, continence and foot care. WOCNCB has Board Certified nurses in Canada, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS)

  • The World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) aims to improve wound care standards, educate all healthcare professionals in interdisciplinary team, appraise and to organize the evidence base to facilitate best practices to optimize patient care and coordinate a worldwide exchange of information between wound societies.