Hayley Ryan

Hayley Ryan

Bachelor of Nursing, MBA, PGWM, GradCertIFC, AICGG, PhD Candidate




Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor of Nursing, MBA, PGWM, GradCertIFC, AICGG, PhD Candidate


Current Post:

Director of WoundRescue Pty Ltd, Australia & New Zealand

Adjunct Lecturer University of Technology Sydney

Wound Clinical Nurse Consultant, NSW & ACT Uniting

Emergency Department Clinician, John Hunter Hospital

PhD Researcher, Newcastle University


Professional Education:

1998-2002, Bachelor of Nursing, Wollongong University

2002-2004, Masters in Aboriginal Health, Wollongong University 

2004-2006, High Dependency Cert. | Theatre, A&E, ICU, Nursing 24/7 

2006-2007, Wound Care Management, Rural Health, Education Foundation

2007-2007, Foundations of Wound Management, Royal College of Nursing

2008-2010, Graduate Certificate Wound Management (with distinction), Wollongong                                

2010-2014, Bachelor of Medicine (Deferred), University of Newcastle

2013-2013, Debridement Course, Wollongong Hospital 

2014-2015, Graduate Certificate Infection Control, Griffiths University

2014-2015, Diploma of Management, Wollongong

2016-2018, Masters Business Administration (MBA), Australian Institute of Business

2017-2018, Wound Management Research into Palliative, Wounds Certificate University                     

2018-2019, Cert IV Assessment & Training, RAM training

2020-current, PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle


Special Interest Areas:

Education / Guideline Development


Chronic wounds, palliative wounds, rural wound management, aged care and telehealth technologies


Membership of Professional Organisations:

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Member of Australian Board of Directors

Member of Chronic Wounds Taskforce, NSW

Chair and Board Director Wounds Australia

Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems

European Wound Management Association (EWMA)

Infection Control Service – Bug Control

Australasian College for Infection Prevention & Control (ACIPC)

St Johns Ambulance Service

Member of local Aboriginal Land Council (Wollongong)

CATSINaM (Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Nurses and Midwives)

National Rural Health Network Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative

SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied health)

CRANA (Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia)

AMA (Australian Medical Association)

NSW Urological Nurses Society

RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)


Previous Employment and relevant professional experience:

2002-2003, Registered Nurse | General, Wollongong Hospital

2003-2006, Aboriginal Health Research Manager, Darruya, Darwin

2004-2006, Registered Nurse | Theatre, A&E, ICU, Nursing 24/7 

2006-2010, Clinical Nurse Specialist | Theatre, Wound care, ICU, Nursing 24/7 

2005-2010, Nurse Tutor | Pathophysiology & wounds, University of Newcastle

2010-current, Wound Clinical Nurse Consultant | NSW & ACT, Uniting

2016-2019, St Johns Ambulance | Education

2016-current, Wound Clinical Nurse Consultant, Director | ANZ, WoundRescue Pty Ltd

2018-current, Wounds Australia Board Director, Chair, Wounds Australia

2019-current, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

2020-current, Infection control lead Covid pandemic | NSW & ACT, Uniting


Publications for 2021:

  • Co-author Aseptic Technique in Wound Dressing Procedure, 3rd edn.
  • Co-author of good nutrition and wound healing outcome guidelines for patients
  • Co-author of good nutrition and wound healing outcome guidelines for clinicians
  • Chapter co-author Clinical Guidelines: Diabetic Foot Australia: Wound Classification: The 2021 Australian evidence-based guidelines for diabetes-related foot diseases, IWGDF.  
  • RCT Reviewing outcomes of electrical stimulation to heal vascular wounds.
  • Kurmis, R., Woodward, M., Ryan, H., & Rice, J. (2021). The importance of nutrition in wound management: New evidence from the past decade. Wound Practice & Research: Journal of the Australian Wound Management Association29(1), 18-40.
  • Registered and commenced PhD study: ‘The Effects of Twice Daily Application of a Barrier Cream or Wipe to Reduce the Incidence of Pressure Injuries to Heels and Sacrum’
  • Speaker at conferences; Wounds Australia, EWMA (Sweeden), Malaysian society
  • Wounds International (2022) case series: Shared wound care discussion guide. Wounds International, London, UK


National and International Profile:

Organised, chaired and presented a variety of papers at the Wounds Australia Conferences.

Presented at the Asia Pacific Conference on Diabetic Limb Problems, 2019, Kuala Lumpur. ‘Diabetic Foot Ulcers in the Aboriginal Population form Down Under’.

Guest Speaker Acelity Wound Symposium, New Zealand, 2019 and 2020.

Guest Speaker Molnlycke, New Zealand, 2020.

Guest Speaker Singapore Hospital Conference, 2020 and 2021 (virtual). 

Presented at the EWMA conference, 2019, Sweden. ‘Managing vascular wounds for those living at home’.

WoundRescue One day Conference Broken Hill, Rural Doctors and Clinicians, ‘Foundations of Wound Management’.

Invited to Chair sessions at the Inaugural Australian Wound Management Conference (Perth)

Presented two posters at the EWMA conference (Sweden)

Organised independently a two day conference ‘Healing lives, not just wounds’ for 548 clinicians with 24 guest speakers, Sydney, Australia.  

Appeared at the Northern Territory Hearings for the Aged Care Royal Commission as an advocate for wound management, 2019.

Keynote speaker wound care symposium, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, 2022.

Keynote speaker wound care summit, Melbourne 2022


Recent Awards and Achievements:

2018              Nominated for the Better Practice Awards for wound management

2018              Wounds Australia 'Clinical Excellence Award' 

2019              With Heart Excellence Awards for Leadership and Quality in wound care

2019              With Heart Excellence Award for Wound Management NSW&ACT

2020              Awarded Quality in clinical safety award for wound management

2021              Awarded Clinical Excellence and Leadership Award ANZ

2021              Awarded Peoples Choice Award for Clinical Excellence