The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is leading the development of guiding principles, resources and tools for the sector on the prevention, assessment and treatment of pressure injuries and is working closely with district health boards (DHBs) to ensure the appropriateness of what is developed.

Guiding principles

In the 2016–17 financial year ACC developed guiding principles to inform the sector’s pressure injury prevention activities and established an expert panel to inform their development. 

The expert panel met three times and drew on evidence-based international guidelines and local reports on pressure injury management to provide comprehensive feedback on multiple drafts to ensure that it is clear, accurate and fit for the New Zealand context.

The expert panel consisted of the following experts/representatives.

Andrew Jull

Associate professor, School of Nursing
Senior research fellow, National Institute of Health Innovation
Nurse advisor, quality & safety

University of Auckland
Auckland District Health Board
Bridget Smith Planning & improvement manager InterRai
Gabrielle Nicholson Senior project manager Health Quality & Safety Commission
Carmela Petagna Senior portfolio manager Health Quality & Safety Commission
Cormac Peirse Clinical manager Ryman Health Care
Debbie Palmer Senior enrolled nurse Atawhai Assisi Home & Hospital
NZ Nurses Organisation
Ginette Spence Project manager ACC
Heather Lewis Clinical nurse specialist Middlemore Hospital
Helen Delmonte Allied health manager Mercy Parklands Hospital & Retirement Home
Jo Millar Chair of Health National Advisory Group, consumer representative Grey Power
Julie Betts Nurse practitioner Waikato DHB
Lea-Anne Morgan National clinical manager Access Home Health
Marie Press Nurse director, medical and community health Hutt Valley District Health Board
Pamela Mitchell Nurse consultant, wound management Christchurch Hospital
Canterbury District Health Board
NZ Wound Care Society
Paul Watson Principal advisor, nursing Ministry of Health
Robin Griffiths Chair, senior medical advisor ACC
University of Otago
Robin Sekerak Brain injury specialist ABI Rehabilitation
Sean Bridge Senior injury prevention specialist ACC

On 22 May 2017, the finalised guiding principles document was launched at the New Zealand Wound Care Society Annual Conference in Rotorua.

The guidance is publicly available on ACC’s website and will be reviewed in three years’ time to ensure it remains up to date.

For more information please email

Last updated 24/07/2020