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We are the peak national clinical and research body for diabetes-related foot health and disease

Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA) was established in 2015 with the goal of ending avoidable amputations within a generation in Australia. As a key initiative of the Wound Management Innovation CRC, we engaged the expertise of multiple partner organisations across Australia to create a national diabetes-related foot disease (DFD) body for Australia.  On the 1st July 2018, we joined the Australian Diabetes Society's (ADS) stable of national diabetes clinical and research programs. In December 2020, DFA took the important step of re-branding the organisation from Diabetic Foot Australia to Diabetes Feet Australia. 

DFA is led by a national steering committee, combining expertise from multiple disciplines. The committee is comprised of a broad range of clinical, research and industry experts from disciplines such as endocrinology, vascular surgery, podiatry, nursing, epidemiology, clinical research and biochemical research. Members also bring a wealth of experience by being representatives on international, national and state diabetic foot groups, including the ‘International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot’ and former national diabetic foot ulcer group the ‘Australian Diabetic Foot Network’.

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Dr Byron


Byron is a podiatrist and currently a Senior Lecturer within the La Trobe University’s Rural Health School after holding the position of Head of the Rural Department of Community Health within the school for the past six years. Prior to that Byron developed and led one the first multi-disciplinary high-risk foot clinics in regional Australia in the early to mid-2000’s before moving to La Trobe University to develop a regionally-based podiatry course in Bendigo, Victoria and commence an academic career.

Byron's research focus is diabetes-related lower limb amputation prevention and is involved in research projects that include the epidemiology of diabetic foot disease in Australia, psychobehavioural aspects of diabetes-related foot morbidity and models of care for Charcot neuro-osteoarthropathy. He is also involved in the supervision of Master, Phd and Professional Doctorate students.

Pete Lazzarini About Us

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A/Professor Pete Lazzarini (PhD, BAppSci) is a conjoint Research Fellow with Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Health in Brisbane, Australia. He leads Australia’s first Foot Disease research program and is a podiatrist by clinical background.

Pete has an emerging international track record in the field of diabetic foot disease research. He has delivered >120 publications (manuscripts, abstracts, reports or book chapters), >110 (inter)national conference presentations and attracted >$3.5 million in grant funding.

He serves on multiple diabetic foot disease committees, including Chair of Diabetes Feet Australia and Secretary of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot Offloading Guideline. And he currently holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship.

Pete is particularly motivated by nurturing the next generation of researchers to develop policy, practices and pathways to ending avoidable amputations within a generation in Australia.

Jenny Prentice About Us

Dr Jenny


Jenny’s clinical background encompasses over 35 years’ experience in wound management, palliative care, acute gastro-intestinal surgery, nursing administration, project management and nursing consultancy nationally and internationally within acute, domiciliary/community and residential aged care settings. Jenny contributed to the establishment of WoundsWest, a tripartite entity between Western Australian Department of Health, Silver Chain and Curtin University in 2006 assuming the role of Director in December 2008. WoundsWest, provided a sustainable framework for improving wound management in Western Australian through clinical audits, online wound education and an e-health wound consultation service. Jenny is now Chief Executive Officer of Wound Healing Institute Australia (WHIA), a new company formed as a realisation of the vision and investment of the WoundsWest Program. Jenny has extensive experience in wound research and has peer reviewed NH&MRC and other wound related grant applications. Jenny has participated in several WMIC CRC research projects and committees, including Diabetes Feet Australia and the Australian Wound Registry. She enjoys supervising higher degree student’s research in wound management and delivering wound education programs particularly within Indigenous communities.

Rob Fitridge About Us

Professor Rob


Professor Rob Fitridge (MBBS, MS, FRACS) is Professor of Vascular Surgery at University of Adelaide (2010- current) and Head of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Central Adelaide Local Health Network (Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital) and Lyell McEwin Health Service in Adelaide. He is also Head of the Multi-Disciplinary Diabetic Foot Service at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Lyell McEwin Health Service, which he co-founded in the mid-1990s.

He is most recognized for his work on predictive modelling of outcomes after endovascular aneurysm surgery (NHMRC-funded with 14 related publications). He also has extensive clinical and research experience in the management of chronic complex wounds particularly in diabetic patients. He was a member of the Baker IDI/ NHMRC working group, which developed national guidelines (“Prevention, Identification and Management of foot complications in diabetes”) for the management of the diabetic foot. He is also a member of the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot.

Anthony Russell About Us

A/Professor Anthony Russell


Associate Professor Anthony Russell (MBBS PhD FRACP) is Director of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and Co-Chair of the Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network.  He is recognised nationally as a key opinion leader in the field of diabetes. A/Prof Russell's research interests are around models of care for the management of diabetes and is currently a Chief Investigator on NHMRC grants in this field. He has over 70 publications. Tony works closely with GPs and has developed a model of care for management of complex Type 2 diabetes in the community with up-skilled GPs. Tony provides outreach services to Mt Isa, Cloncurry and Cunnamulla and has established a telehealth service delivering endocrine consultations to over 46 sites across the State.

Nat Wischer About Us



Natalie Wischer is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of Diabetes Centre (NADC). She has been working in the area of diabetes for over 20 years. She has also worked extensively in both management and clinical roles across acute, aged care and community health settings. She is involved in a number of journals and publications, sharing her in-depth knowledge through regular articles. Natalie is also regularly invited to speak on diabetes and technology at national and international meetings.

Stephen Twigg About Us

Professor Stephen


Professor Stephen M. Twigg, MBBS(Hons-I), PhD, FRACP, is a physician-scientist translational researcher, Kellion Professor of Endocrinology and Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes, in the Sydney Medical School, and Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney; plus Head of Dept of Endocrinology and Medical Head of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Laboratories, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney.

Stephen also continues as medical Chair of the NSW DoH Agency for Clinical Innovation in Diabetes/Endocrinology (2011+), and as inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the educational journal, Endocrinology Today, plus an editorial Board member on the scientific Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling, and the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. He is member of 4 national Pharma advisory boards in diabetes. Internationally, he has served on JDRFI Diabetes Research Complications Grant Panel in NY 2003-2010, and is 1 of 6 Australian Delegates to the International Diabetes Federation General Assembly (2011-present).

Jon About Us

Professor Jon


Jonathan is Professor of Vascular Surgery at The Townsville University Hospital and James Cook University. He works as a vascular surgeon at the hospital and senior academic at the university. In his clinical position, he has noted the substantial increase in the burden of foot disease during his tenure at a regional vascular center. He directs a collaborative research group, named the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease, that focuses on improving understanding and management of vascular diseases, including diabetes-associated foot disease. The research has contributed to over 400 publications including laboratory and clinical research. He currently holds an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship.

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Dr Laurens


Laurens Manning (BSc, MBChB, DTM&H (London), FRACP, PhD) is an infectious disease physician and clinical researcher at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute. An active ‘foot’ physician, he has developed the MDFU in-patient and outpatient services at FSH. He has a diverse research portfolio that includes design and implementation of clinical trials in diabetic foot infections, penicillin reformulation for rheumatic heart disease, peri-prosthetic joint infections and epidemiological studies of lower leg cellulitis in Australia. Elsewhere he leads clinical trials, observational and pharmacological studies in young PNG children with malaria and severe infections. In addition to a strong track record in research activities, he has extensive links with global health community, in particular as a researcher, teacher, external examiner and clinician in PNG.  His role as an opinion leader is evidenced by his role in formulating national guidelines, drawing directly on his own research as in the case of writing the PNG Standard Adult Treatment Guidelines and in distilling and interpreting the literature for Therapeutic Guidelines Expert Writing Groups (Antibiotics/Dermatology). He has been appointed to the ASID Clinical Research Network steering group to facilitate collaborative studies in infectious diseases across Australia and New Zealand and the TGA advisory committee for biologicals which is creating the regulatory framework for faecal transplantation. 


He has published a total of 90 papers in the past 10 years and 8 book chapters, supervises 4 PhD students and been the recipient of >$5M in tier 1 grants in the last 5 years including an MRFF Emerging Leadership Fellowship (2021-25).

Our primary objectives

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national diabetes-related foot disease evidence-based clinical practice 

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 national diabetes-related foot disease research 

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Australia's diabetes-related amputation rate



Australia to become a leading nation in diabetes-related foot disease management