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 multidisciplinary best practice standards of care for the provision of DFD care within Australia. We’re excited to announce that all six guidelines are now also published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. The DFA team would like to take the time to acknowledge again the six guideline working groups (including 31 national experts) for the extraordinary amount of work over the last 18 months, dedication and care that was taken to develop and release new DFD guidelines for the first time in a decade. You can learn more about the working group experts here
To access the JFAR publications – click on the links below!
But wait there’s more…
Following on from the release of the 2021 Australian guidelines for diabetes-related foot disease, the Diabetes and Feet companion toolkit has also been released. This toolkit has been designed to help busy multidisciplinary health professionals use guideline recommended diabetes-related foot care at any time and place and with the person with diabetes-related foot ulcer right there in front of them. It also includes 8 user friendly pathways covering all six guidelines. The toolkit and pathways should assist health professionals to decide on the recommended evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, management and follow-up care needed for people living with diabetes-related foot disease and diabetes-related foot ulcers. When more detailed information on a clinical question or a recommendation is required, we suggest you then refer to the full guidelines. This resource was funded by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), an initiative of the Australian Government and administered by Diabetes Australia, in partnership with Diabetes Feet Australia and the Australian Diabetes Society. You can access the Diabetes and Feet Toolkit here.