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

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

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

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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.
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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. 

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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.

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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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Managing foot disease during COVID-19

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

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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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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Who loves a discount? The DFA2021 Conference starts in under 3 weeks and tomorrow is the last day to save yourself $54 off the conference price. We have a massive program featuring 60 speakers over two days, 9 international speakers, 8 workshops and much much more. And if you can't make it live - you can watch the conference on demand for 12months. You can check it all out and view the full program at www.diabetesfeetaustralia.org/2021-conference/ We hope to see you there, because in under 3 weeks we're bringing best practice DFD care to wherever you are!Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Australian Podiatry Association Wounds Australia Pedorthic Association of Australia Regional Wounds Victoria Australian Diabetes Educators Association Australian Diabetes Society ... See MoreSee Less
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We're launching the 2021 Australian guideline on wound healing interventions to enhance healing of foot ulcers tonight with a FREE webinar! This guideline focuses on providing better care for patients and subsequently improved healing outcomes, reducing the national burden and inequalities amongst all Australians with or at risk of DFU. It’s designed for all health professionals and disciplines caring for Australians with diabetes-related foot disease and DFU in secondary and tertiary health care settings in Australia.So click on the link below to register to watch live tonight at 6pm AEDT (remember Daylight savings has kicked in) or to catch up on demand in your own time!www.diabetesfeetaustralia.org/new-guidelines/Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Wounds Australia Australian Podiatry Association Australian Diabetes Society Pedorthic Association of Australia ... See MoreSee Less
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It's hard to believe that we're already in October and the virtual DFA 2021 Conference starts in just over 3 weeks! We have just released the jam-packed program that features 9 international speakers including Professor Michael Edmonds (UK), Professor Matilde Monterio-Soares (PRT), Professor Fran Game (UK), Professor Dane Wukich (US), Dr Suzanne van Asten (NED) and A/Professor Jaap van Netten with a whopping 60 speakers and presenters across the two days. Click on the link below to learn more. www.diabetesfeetaustralia.org/2021-conference/Join us live AND watch on demand for 12 months - because we're bringing best practice DFD care to wherever you are!And to support the launch of the '2021 Australian guidelines for diabetes-related foot disease' we're offering a 15% discount off the conference price until Thursday 21OCT - so get in quick to save $54. Just click on the link below to learn more and we hope to welcome you all soon to DFA2021.Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Australian Podiatry Association Australian Diabetes Society Wounds Australia Pedorthic Association of Australia Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ... See MoreSee Less
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We're launching the Australian guideline on offloading treatment for foot ulcers tonight with a FREE webinar! Diabetes-related foot ulcers (DFU) currently affect around 50,000 Australians. When combined with other best practice DFU care, pressure offloading is a critical DFU treatment with the strongest evidence available to more effectively heal foot ulcers and reduce the national burden of DFU.So click on the link below to register to watch live tonight at 6pm AEDT (remember Daylight savings has kicked in) or to catch up on demand in your own time!www.diabetesfeetaustralia.org/new-guidelines/Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Australian Podiatry Association Wounds Australia Pedorthic Association of Australia ... See MoreSee Less
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We're launching the 2021 Australian guideline on management of diabetes-related foot infection tonight with a FREE webinar! Diabetes-related foot ulcers (DFU) currently affect around 50,000 Australians, and up to 40% of these individuals can expect to have an associated infection in the first year after presentation. Evidence-based guidelines are vital to ensure optimal multi-disciplinary management and outcomes of patients with diabetes-related foot infections. So click on the link below to register to watch live tonight at 6pm AEDT or to catch up on demand in your own time!www.diabetesfeetaustralia.org/new-guidelines/Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Australian Podiatry Association Australian Diabetes Educators Association Australian Diabetes Society Pedorthic Association of Australia Wounds Australia ... See MoreSee Less
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