Congratulations Jan Rice AM

Jan Rice was awarded in the June 2021 Queens Birthday Honours with the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for her significant service to nursing, to wound care, and to education.

Jan has made a huge contribution to wound care and its education which has included wound care in the presence of chronic oedema / lymphoedema. Lymphoedema Education Solutions is honoured to have Jan as part of the education team.

The following lists her extensive contribution across many organisations, in clinical practice and publications.

Wounds Australia

  • Inaugural Board Member (Wounds Australia), 2016-2018.
  • Chair, National Conference, 2018.
  • Co-Chair, National Conference, 2017.
  • Vice-Chair, National Conference, 2016.
  • Board Liaison Representative and Advisor, Education Portfolio, 2016.
  • Chairperson, Education and Professional Development Committee, 2006-2014.
  • Inaugural Fellow, 2006.
  • Member, since 1994.

Victorian Branch, Wounds Australia

  • President, 2011-2013.
  • Vice-President, 2009-2011.
  • Committee Member, 2006-2009.
  • Life Member, 2006.

Wound Specialist

  • Manager, Wound Clinic, Ashwood Medical Group, Ashburton, since 2006.
  • Specialist Nurse/Wound Consultant, Jan Rice WoundCare Services, since 2013.
  • Partner, Wounds R Us, (Wound conferences and Webinars globally), since 2016.
  • Specialist Nurse, GP wound clinics, aged care centres across suburban and regional Victoria, acute private surgical hospitals, as well as private homes, last 35 years.
  • Plastic Surgery Nurse, Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit, Preston and Northcote Community Hospital, 1979-1993.
  • Registered Nurse, since 1973.
  • Interplast Australia and New Zealand, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Volunteer Nurse Educator, 24 programs, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Samoa, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea, since 1994.
  • Member, Interplast Nurses Working Group, current.
  • Former Member, Surgical Committee.

Specialist Education

  • Lecturer, Lymphoedema Education Solutions, Current
  • Manager, World of Wounds, Latrobe University, 2008-2013.
  • Lecturer, Wound Foundation of Australia, Monash University, 1993-2007.
  • In-clinic Training with nurses on placement, Ashwood Medical Group, 2010s.
  • Wound Education to Surgeons, Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
  • Colonel, Australian Army Reserve, (teaching personnel in wound management), 1981-2015.
  • Ausmed Education Pty Ltd
  • Member, Venous Leg Ulcer Guideline Implementation Sub-Committee, current.
  • Member, Pressure Injury Guidelines Development Sub-Committee, current.

Committee and advisory roles

  • Chairperson, Education Sub-Committee, Australian Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, 2006-2014.
  • Member, Venous leg Ulcer Guideline Development Committee, 2006-2014.
  • Member, World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care.
  • Member, Would Care Committee, Wounds UK.
  • Member, Wound Care Committee, Wound Care Professionals.
  • Member, Wound Care Committee, Lymphoedema Education Solutions.

Publications include:

  • Co-author, Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcer, Cambridge Press, 2011.
  • Co-author, book chapters and training manuals in Plastic Surgery Nursing and Guidelines for Nurses for Wound Care in General Practice Settings.
  • Expert Contributor, Standards for Wound Prevention and Management, Wounds Australia, 2016.
  • Journal of Wound Practice and Research
  • Editorial Board Member, 2000-2004.
  • Reviewer, current.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Award named in her honour, Jan Rice Service Award, established by the Victorian Branch, Wounds Australia, 2014.
  • Prince of Wales Award, 1996.