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Ending avoidable Amputations within a generation

For Patients
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Empowering patients, their carers and families with knowledge and pathways to healing.

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For Health Professionals
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PROFESSIONALS

Supporting health professionals to improve clinical & quality of life outcomes for people with diabetes-related foot disease.

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For Reearchers
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Providing leading researchers with infrastructure and support to accelerate high quality clinical research in Australia.

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For Industry
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Linking industry with key opinion leaders & maintaining visibility of the growing national problem of diabetes-related foot disease.

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Current projects

Research Agenda Tile MC
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the national research agenda for DFD to provide a focus on agreed priority areas of Australian research that targets the most pertinent gaps in the DFD evidence.

Experts within the field of DFD are well aware of the relevant gaps in the evidence for care provided, but this is generally not well known within funding, government and industry agencies.

To overcome this deficit, our aim is to develop a widely endorsed and well communicated national research agenda for DFD that should provide a focus on agreed priority areas of Australian research that targets the most pertinent gaps in the DFD evidence.

With the end goal of ‘ending avoidable amputations within a generation’, the project outcomes will be used to promote the DFD research priorities when lobbying for policy change and provide the Australian research community with rationale for future DFD research.

Clinical Guidelines & Pathways MC V3
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adapted Australian guideline recommendations and clinical pathways for managing people with diabetes-related foot disease.

A key recommendation of the recent Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA) Australian DFD Strategy 2018-2022 was to ensure Australia urgently developed new national DFD guidelines that reflected the most up-to-date robust evidence to guide standards of health care provision. 

With this project we aim to: 

  • adopt or adapt suitable international source DFD guideline recommendations to the multi-disciplinary Australian health system context.
  • develop clinical pathways that support the translation of any adopted or adapted Australian DFD guideline recommendations for use by multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals.
COVID Tile
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a range of helpful COVID-19 guides and information to help assist Australian healthcare professionals care for people with diabetes related foot disease.

One thing that's certain is the global COVID-19 situation will demand more and more hospital bed capacity to manage. What we also know is diabetic foot disease is a leading cause of hospital bed occupancy, and that health care professionals working in teams adhering to evidence-based DFD guideline recommendations can significantly reduce hospitalisation. So, it's vital now more than ever, for the global DFD community to potentially help the COVID-19 situation by keeping as many DFD patients out of hospital beds as possible with effective DFD care.

To help tackle this, DFA has joined forces with IWGDF to keep health care professionals informed with handy COVID-19 information specifically related to DFD. 

Managing foot disease during COVID-19

Our feet focus

conferences events

We bring together some of the globe’s most renowned researchers and clinicians in the fields of diabetes and diabetes-related foot disease to cover the latest research, from bench-top to bedside. From our conference to our 'What's New in DFU' events, we focus on the latest research, evidence-based practice and new technologies.

footwear guideliness

Published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, the 2018 Australian Guidelines on footwear for people with diabetes contains 10 key recommendations to guide health professionals in selecting the most appropriate footwear to meet the specific foot risk needs of an individual with diabetes.

latestresearch

New research on diabetes-related foot disease is published on an almost daily basis. Each month we release latest news and research to provide practical clinical summaries of the latest evidence on how to assess particular conditions according to the world’s leading authorities.

Strategy Header 1

The “Australian diabetes-related foot disease strategy 2018-2022” is the first step towards ending avoidable generations within a generation. This strategy was written by Diabetes Feet Australia with input from various national and state peak bodies, interdisciplinary foot disease services and individual experts from the Australian DFD community.

research repositpry

Diabetes Feet Australia has established the Australian Research Repository to showcase published Australian research on diabetes-related foot disease. Each entry in the repository must focus on diabetes-related foot disease, be peer reviewed and have one author with an Australian affiliation.

Dailyfootcare checklist

For people with diabetes, feet are often over-looked as the management of other aspects of diabetes takes higher priority. With over 50,000 Australians living with diabetes-related foot disease every day, we have developed the handy Daily Foot Checklist for people with diabetes to incorporate into their daily lives.

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Latest News

Introducing the new DFA branding

We’re excited to share with you that Diabetic Foot Australia is now Diabetes Feet Australia! So…why the new branding? That’s a good question! As DFA has grown, our vision and objectives have remained consistent. But we also recognised the need to evolve our branding to better reflect who we are, and ...
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An Innovative prograM to Prevent diAbetes-related foot ComplicaTions (IMPACT)

The vascular disease research team at James Cook University, led by Professor Jon Golledge, is conducting a survey to investigate health professionals experiences in managing patients with diabetic foot disease and related complications.  This survey intends to gather information from a broad range of health professionals to contribute to the ...
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Expression of Interest: Seeking new DFA steering committee member

DFA is now seeking an additional steering member and is looking for those with significant DFD experience in infectious diseases to join the team. Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA) was established in 2015 with the vision to end avoidable amputations within a generation in Australia with our primary objectives to: Optimise ...
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Seeking consumer input for the National Clinical Guidelines project

Did you also know that diabetes-related foot ulcers are reported as the leading cause of amputation in Australia? But did you also know that 80% of diabetes-related amputations could be prevented by following best evidence-based treatments. Here at DFA, one of the ways we’re tackling that statistic is by developing ...
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Seeking Consumer input for National Research Agenda project

Did you know that every two hours someone in Australia will undergo an amputation as a result of diabetes-related foot disease? Did you also know that diabetes-related foot disease receives less than 0.2% of the total diabetes research funded in Australia? For a little known disease, the statistics are confronting. ...
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Expression of Interest: Seeking DFA Steering Committee Member

DFA is now seeking an additional steering member and is looking for those with significant DFD experience in the following discipline: Surgery to join the team. Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA) was established in 2015 with the vision to end avoidable amputations within a generation in Australia with our primary objectives ...
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Latest Research

Efficacy of topical cadexomer iodine treatment in chronic wounds

Check out the latest research out this week! Effects of training podiatrists to use imagery-based motivational interviewing when treating people with diabetes-related foot disease: a mixed-methods pilot study. Kaczmarek T, Van Netten JJ, Lazzarini PA, Kavanagh D. This was the first study on training podiatrists to conduct imagery-based motivational interviewing ...
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The Latest in Aussie Research

Check out the latest in Aussie research released last week! Utilisation of the 2019 IWGDF diabetic foot infection guidelines to benchmark practice and improve the delivery of care in persons with diabetic foot infections. Malone M, Erasmus A, Schwarzer S, Lau NS, Ahmad M, Dickson HG. To utilise the 2019 ...
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Diabetes-related foot disease in Australia: a systematic review

Check out the latest releases in Aussie DFD research by clicking on the below links! Diabetes-related foot disease in Australia: a systematic review of the prevalence and incidence of risk factors, disease and amputation in Australian populations. Zhang Y, van Netten JJ, Baba M, Cheng Q, Pacella R, McPhail SM, ...
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What’s new in Aussie DFD Research!

January has so far been a busy month for new Aussie DFD research!  So click on the following links to check out the latest abstracts from around the country. Temporal Trends in Incident Hospitalization for Diabetes-Related Foot Ulcer in Type 2 Diabetes: The Fremantle Diabetes Study. Hamilton EJ, Davis WA, ...
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The globe’s diabetic foot print is big and getting bigger

Ever wondered how big the global diabetic foot disease burden really is? Or how many people have diabetic foot complications? Or even if the diabetic foot print is getting bigger in a certain nation? Well wonder no more! A new Australian-led study has published the first estimates of the global, ...
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Calf stretching alone does not reduce plantar pressures

A very nice new Australian study has reported that calf muscle stretching alone in people with diabetes does not increase their ankle range of motion nor reduce their forefoot plantar pressures. This RCT - led by Dr Angela Searle and Prof Viv Chuter from the University of Newcastle – randomised ...
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Optimal blood test values for diagnosing osteomyelitis

A new study published by one of our much loved DFA 2019 International Speakers – global diabetic foot infection guru and foot cake surgeon extraordinaire, Professor Larry Lavery – has just reported the optimal blood test values for diagnosing diabetic foot osteomyelitis. The study by Prof Lavery’s group in the ...
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Is health literacy linked with diabetic foot outcomes?

Results of a systematic review on health literacy in people with diabetic foot disease has recently been presented in the prestigious Diabetic Medicine journal and at the 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot held at The Hague in May this year. This large review investigated the association between health literacy ...
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What factors influence adults with diabetes to adopt smart shoe insole technology?

New Aussie Research on smart insole technology coming to DFA 2019 Our patients’ attitudes and beliefs about how effective smart insole technology will be used to prevent foot ulcers predicted their intention to use such technology. This fascinating study - led by Dr Emma Macdonald and Dr Byron Perrin from ...
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New Patient Adherence Research coming to DFA 2019

A new study has found some interesting reasons why our patient’s with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) are adherent or non-adherent to their DFU self-care at home. The study – led by DFA 2019 Keynote Speaker A/Prof Jaap van Netten  – extensively interviewed a selection of 11 Aussie patients with DFU ...
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On any given day in Australia

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people are at-risk of developing diabetic foot disease

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people are living with diabetic foot disease

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people are living with a diabetes-related amputation