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Free webinar: Preventing and managing skin problems in the residential care setting

Aged residential care Infection prevention and control
15 November 2023
2:30 PM  - 3:30 PM

The skin is constantly renewing itself, but this process is slower in the elderly, making the older person more susceptible to skin conditions.

The skin of an aged person is thinner and easily bruised, and wounds take longer to heal. The skin becomes dry and flakes easily as the oil content of the skin decreases with age. Dermatitis associated with urinary or faecal incontinence is common among elderly adults in long-term care facilities.

In this webinar, the audience will have the opportunity to hear from two speakers about these topics: 

  • how to prevent and manage skin tears
  • a closer look at pressure injuries
  • incontinence dermatitis
  • fungal infections
  • defining skin infections.


Presentations from the webinar are available here: Presentations from Preventing and managing skin problems in the residential care setting.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the care of residents, including:

  • nurses
  • caregivers
  • facility managers
  • clinical nurse managers
  • general practitioners
  • nurse practitioners
  • infection prevention and control professionals.

Please share this event page with your colleagues and networks. 

Cost and registration

This webinar is free, but registration is essential. To register click here.

Our speakers

Emil Schmidt, Wound Clinical Nurse Specialist, Te Whatu Ora Southern

Emil has an extensive background in wound care, general and vascular surgery and intensive care. He is currently a wound care specialist for the Te Whatu Ora Southern district, where he is responsible for selecting and evaluating wound products and technology.

Emil will share his expertise in managing wounds in the elderly in an aged residential care setting.

Sue Atkins, Infection prevention and control advisor, Te Tāhū Hauora

Sue is a New Zealand-trained registered nurse who has recently returned to Aotearoa New Zealand from Australia. She worked in infection prevention and control in Australia for 22 years in the health care and government sectors. For the last 12 years, she was employed by the Department of Health in Victoria Australia as a regional infection control advisor. Sue’s role included responsibility for planning, developing and establishing strategic directions for the successful management of infection control issues across 11 hospitals and 52 public sector residential aged care facilities as well as being involved in many infection prevention activities at state and national levels.

Sue will share her experience with incontinence dermatitis and the use of anti-fungal agents in the aged residential care setting.


Please email with any questions about this event.