Policy and governance


Pressure Injury Prevention and Management Policy PD2021_023.

The Policy Directive is revised in accordance with the International Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2019. The Guideline is a collaboration between three partner organisations – the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA). The goal of the guideline is to provide an update of evidence-based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries.

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHSS), Comprehensive Care Standard, describes the systems and strategies to provide comprehensive care and identify risk of harm including the development of pressure injuries. This policy also aligns with the Partnering with Consumers Standard, which ensures that systems are in place to design, deliver and evaluate care in partnership with consumers.


An executive manager and/or a governance group is responsible for monitoring compliance with the health service pressure injury policies, procedures and protocols, and ensuring there are systems in place to monitor and analyse pressure injury data and conduct relevant quality improvement activities.