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For National Diabetes Week 2022, we’re spreading awareness about the impact of diabetes-related foot disease, and how you can help understand and support a loved one at-risk of developing or living with diabetes-related foot disease.

For Patients

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


For Health Professionals

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


For Reearchers

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


For Industry

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

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

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.

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. 

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.


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.

Managing foot disease during COVID-19

Latest News

Australian DFD Guidelines now published in JFAR!

Back in 2020, DFA appointed an expert multi-disciplinary guideline working group to develop a best practice plan to adapt suitable international guidelines into the Australian context to become the new Australian DFD guidelines. And in late 2021, we released the new 2021 Australian evidence-based DFD guidelines that now serve as ...
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What’s new at DFA?

DFA has the great pleasure in welcoming Dr Viv Chuter, Dr Emma Hamilton and Ms Hayley Ryan to the DFA Steering Committee. The DFA Steering Committee plays a crucial leadership role in developing the national strategic plan and priorities for DFA, and delivering projects and activities. As you'll read in the short bio's below, ...
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Diabetes and Feet Toolkit released

Following on from the release of the 2021 Australian guidelines for diabetes-related foot disease last year, we are excited to release the Diabetes and Feet companion toolkit that has been designed to help busy multidisciplinary health professionals use guideline recommended DFD care at any time and place and with the person with diabetes-related foot ulcer right there in ...
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National Diabetes Support Scheme – Indigenous Consultation Project

Yarning Pty Ltd has been engaged by Diabetes Australia to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and health workers who provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes to gain thoughts, insights, and valuable feedback around the National Diabetes Support Scheme and associated ...
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Expression of Interest – seeking new DFA steering committee members

The DFA Steering Committee plays a leadership role in developing the strategic plan and priorities for DFA, and delivering projects and activities that align with the strategic plan. Members have a well-developed understanding and experience with diabetes-related foot disease in Australia and participate in making informed, valuable contributions to DFA’s ...
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Establishing the national top 10 priority research questions to improve diabetes-related foot health and disease

DFA has published the finding from a major research project investigating priority research questions according to Australian stakeholders involved in diabetes-related foot health and disease. The article can be found here, and even though we are biased it is important to talk about the results. In 2017, Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA) ...
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Latest Research

New Aussie Research in August

Check out the latest in DFD Aussie research released in the last few weeks. Routine bacterial culture of proximal bone specimens during minor amputation in patients with diabetes-related foot infections has little clinical utility in predicting re-operation or ulcer healing. Voon K, Vo UG, Hand R, Hiew J, Ritter JC, ...
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New DFD Aussie Research June

Check out the latest in DFD Aussie research that's been released in June and July. Investigating the experience of receiving podiatry care in a tertiary care hospital clinic for people with diabetes related foot ulcers. Ong EKM, Fryer C, Graham K, Causby RS. this study aimed to explore the lived ...
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Latest Aussie Research for April

Check out the latest Aussie research released in the last few weeks! Factors associated with adherence to using removable cast walker treatment among patients with diabetes-related foot ulcers. Ababneh A, Finlayson K, Edwards H, Lazzarini PA. Adherence to using knee-high offloading treatment is critical for healing diabetes-related foot ulcers (DFUs). ...
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What’s new in Aussie DFD research for March

Check out the latest Aussie DFD research released in the last few weeks. Wound healing with "spray-on" autologous skin grafting (ReCell) compared with standard care in patients with large diabetes-related foot wounds: an open-label randomised controlled trial. The aim of this trial was to assess the potential benefit of spray‐on ...
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What’s new in Aussie research

It’s been a busy few months for DFD aussie research – so grab yourself a cuppa and check out the latest that has been released below! Trends in the Incidence of Hospitalization for Major Diabetes-Related Complications in People With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in Australia, 2010-2019. This study ...
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What’s new in research in August

It's been a busy few weeks for DFD research - so grab yourself a cuppa and check out the latest that has been released below! Management of diabetes-related foot disease in the outpatient setting during the COVID-19 pandemic Pang B, Shah PM, Manning L, Ritter JC, Hiew J, Hamilton EJ. ...
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Latest DFD research released in May

Check out the latest in DFD research released in the last two weeks! Release of the National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025; the impacts for podiatry in Australia: a commentary Gerrard JM, Godwin S, Chuter V, Munteanu SE, West M, Hawke F. In ...
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Topical oxygen therapy for diabetes related foot ulcers

Check out the latest research from the last two weeks! Topical oxygen therapy for diabetes-related foot ulcers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Thanigaimani S, Singh T, Golledge J. Topical oxygen therapy (TOT) has been suggested as a treatment for diabetes-related foot ulcer (DFU) but no prior meta-analyses of randomised clinical ...
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Latest Aussie DFD research released in April

It's been a busy month for DFD research so far in April - so check out the latest in research below! Availability and service provision of multidisciplinary diabetes foot units in Australia: a cross-sectional survey Vo UG, Gilfillan M, Hamilton EJ, Manning L, Munshi B, Hiew J, Norman PE, Ritter ...
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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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On any given day in Australia


people are at-risk of developing diabetic foot disease


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