08-10 September

Howard smith wharves



08-10 September

Howard smith wharves


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Our goal is to not only deliver the latest in diabetic foot disease research and clinical translation from around the globe, but also have a clear focus on what's happening in our own backyard. At DFA 2019, we’re combining key elements of the 2019 International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot with a down under practical focus. Our workshop sessions will incorporate case studies, “what’s new” in practice and an interactive back-to-basics approach, all designed to spark interesting conversation from all perspectives. By the end of the two days, our aim is that you leave inspired, with practical information that can be used in your day-to-day practice. 

the patient
Understanding behaviour
and adherence

Join Associate Professor Jaap van Netten (Netherlands), Dr Pam Chen and Associate Professor James Charles as they focus on how we should engage and help patients with diabetic foot disease and what we should be doing to help patients prevent foot ulcers.

Practical wound assessment & treatment

Join Professor Fran Game (United Kingdom), Professor Stephen Twigg & Professor Rob Fitridge as they discuss new global wound and ischaemia guidelines, biomarkers for foot ulcer management and what we should be putting on foot ulcers now and into the future.  How would you manage that difficult wound? Join Professor Fran Game and Dr Pete Lazzarini for an interactive workshop with case studies and discussion.

Investigating surgical and
conventional offloading

Join Associate Professor Jaap van Netten (Netherlands), Professor Larry Lavery (USA) and Dr Pete Lazzarini as they discuss the new global offloading guidelines and how should we conservatively and surgically offload foot ulcers. How would you offload that? Join A/Professor Jaap van Netten and A/Professor Karl Heinz Schott for the latest in 3D scanning offloading technology, case studies and discussion.

Predicting and treating
foot infections 

Join Professor Larry Lavery (USA), Professor Eric Senneville (France), Dr Sarah Coghill, Dr Rob Commons and Dr Matt Malone as they focus on the new global infection guidelines, antibiotic stewardship, treating and managing diabetic foot infections. How would you manage that infection? Join Professor Larry Lavery, Professor Eric Senneville and Dr Matt Malone for an interactive workshop focused on infection case studies and discussion.

Did we mention our Speakers?

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Larry Lavery



Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., is a board-certified podiatrist and Professor of Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is also medical director of UT Southwestern’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center and director of the amputation prevention program at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Lavery completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and then earned his medical degree at the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He completed a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he also earned a Master in Public Health.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2010, Dr. Lavery held academic appointments at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple; the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and Loyola University Medical Center in the Chicago area. He has also served as a staff podiatrist at VA hospitals in San Antonio and Illinois.

Dr. Lavery is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. He has been invited to lecture on podiatric medicine, diabetic ulcers, and wound care at medical conferences around the world and has published a dozen book chapters and more than 150 research articles on these topics.

He has served on the editorial board for Diabetes Care and the International Diabetes Monitor, and was editor-in-chief of Foot and Ankle Quarterly and deputy editor of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Professor Lavery co-authored the 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guideline chapters on diabetic foot prevention and infection.


Fran Game



Professor Fran Game has been a consultant Diabetologist at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT since 2011.  She is also the Clinical Director of R&D and the Derby Clinical Trials Support unit. 

Her main clinical and research interest is the Diabetic Foot and she has published over 80 papers and book chapters on the subject. She has an active research interest, running several multicentre/multinational trials in this field. She is especially interested in service development, particularly  the need to manage diabetic foot disease in a more cost-effective way, closer to home for patients. She is an active teacher both locally, nationally and internationally, being regularly asked to lecture at major diabetes conferences.

She has worked with Diabetes UK on their Putting Feet First campaign, and chaired the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot wound healing subgroup from 2012-2016 and currently chairs the classification subgroup. She currently co-chairs the East Midlands Diabetic Foot Network and was appointed the NHS England Co-Clinical Director for Diabetes and Vascular Diseases for the East Midlands in May 2018.

Professor Game co-authored the 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guideline chapters on diabetic foot classification and ulcer healing.


A/Professor Jaap
van Netten



A/Professor Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on foot problems, most notably in people with diabetes. Two years after his graduation, he obtained his PhD in the field of rehabilitation medicine (University Medical Center Groningen, NL). He moved to the diabetic foot centre of expertise of Hospital Group Twente (Almelo and Hengelo, NL), first as postdoc and then as senior researcher.

Early 2016, Jaap moved to Australia, being appointed senior research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and scientific director of Diabetes Feet Australia. While he moved back to the Northern Hemisphere in 2017, he remains connected as adjunct Associate Professor at QUT. 

Van Netten now works as senior researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation, Academic Medical Center, in Amsterdam. Together with Principal Investigator Dr. Sicco Bus, he coordinates various (international) projects on the biomechanical and behavioural aspects of diabetic foot ulcer and amputation prevention.

In addition to these roles, Van Netten serves since 2015 as secretary of the editorial board and the prevention working group of the IWGDF-Guidance. This working group is committed to producing global evidence-based guidance on diabetic foot disease prevention and management. They present their newest update in 2019.

A/Professor van Netten co-authored the 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guideline chapters on diabetic foot prevention, definitions and the summary chapter.


Eric Senneville



Professor Eric Senneville, MD, PhD,  trained in medicine in Lille University, France before specializing from 1983 to 1991 in Cardiology, Nephrology, Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Working with Pr Yves J Mouton, he established a diabetic foot clinic in 1996 with a special interest in the management of diabetic patients with osteomyelitis of the foot. Pr Senneville has been consultant at the Department of Orthopedic surgery of the Lille University hospital since 1995. He is responsible for a 42-bed unit in the University Department of Infectious Diseases at the Gustave Dron hospital of Tourcoing, France and is since 2008 the coordinator of one of the 9 French national referent center for the management of patients with complex osteo-articular infections.    

Pr Senneville is part of the expert panel of both the infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot Infection (IWGDF) for the guidelines on the management of diabetic foot infections. He has authored more than 170 indexed review articles and original articles and over 30 textbook chapters.


Sarah Coghill



Dr Sarah Coghill is an Infectious Diseases Physician working at Lismore Base Hospital and providing an infectious diseases service to the Northern Rivers area of NSW. Sarah is passionate about the provision of high quality infectious diseases advice and support for regional Australia and is involved in all aspects of infectious diseases work including inpatient and outpatient consultation services, infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship and providing training and teaching for junior medical staff. Sarah grew up in Melbourne and undertook training in infectious diseases in both Victoria and Queensland. Sarah currently lives in Ballina with her husband, large dog and horse.


Rob Commons



Dr Rob Commons is an Infectious Diseases Physician at Ballarat Base Hospital and an Honorary Research Fellow with Menzies School of Health Research. He is the chair of DEFIANZ (Diabetic Foot Infections Australia New Zealand), a multidisciplinary interest group formed under the leadership of the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network to tackle deficits in clinical research into diabetic foot infections. As part of DEFIANZ he is currently a Co-ordinating Primary Investigator for the DINGO study, a large cohort study involving over 20 sites in Australia and New Zealand, that is building baseline data and a collaborative network on diabetic foot infections in the region. In addition to his interest in diabetic foot infections, Rob has considerable research interests in malaria. 

Pam Chen




Pam Chen is a Podiatrist and a credentialed wound clinician with the Tasmanian Health Service. She is also a part-time PhD candidate with the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. Pam is passionate about preventing and managing lower limb complications and works across acute tertiary, community health and private practice settings. Her research is focused on health literacy and its potential in improving diabetic foot ulcer prevention, and in her short research career has been awarded over $44,000 in competitive grant funding.

Pam is the current President of the Advanced Practicing Podiatrists – High Risk Foot Group and co-chair of the Lower Amputation Extremity Prevention (LEAP) conferences in both 2018 and 2020.

Matt Malone About Us

Dr Matthew


Matthew completed his undergraduate degree (2000) and post graduate masters in Podiatric Medicine (2006) in the UK. His special area of interest is in managing the diabetic foot, in particular, diabetic foot infection. In June 2014, Matthew was awarded with Fellowship to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, Faculty of Podiatric Medicine. Matthew undertook his PhD in Microbiology from the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, with his thesis focusing on the use of molecular and microscopy techniques to better understand Diabetes Foot Infections and the role of biofilms in human health and disease. 

Matthew is the current Head of Department for the High-Risk Foot Service at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney and a Senior Research Fellow with the Liverpool Diabetes Collaborative Research Unit at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research Sydney. Matthew was recently appointed as a senior lecturer, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University.

Matthew is a leading researcher in diabetic foot infections and the role of biofilms,and is a current member of the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) diabetic foot infection guidelines working group. He is also a member of the Global Wound Biofilm Expert Panel, and a member of the Australian Society of Microbiology, Biofilm Special Interest Group.

Stephen Twigg About Us

Stephen Twigg



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).

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.

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James Charles



A/Prof James Charles is a very proud Kaurna man for the Adelaide Plains, South Australia. Current position: Coordinator of Master of Public Health, at the Institute of Koorie Education, and academic with the School of Medicine, Deakin University. Dr Charles has lived at many different places around Australia, including Newcastle NSW while working at the University of Newcastle, and Albury while working at Charles Sturt University. A/Prof Charles was one of the first Aboriginal Podiatrist in Australia, the first Aboriginal person to receive a Master of Podiatry, and the first Aboriginal Podiatrist to receive a PhD (Aboriginal foot health). Dr Charles has volunteered his time at many Aboriginal community controlled organisations, boards and committees around Australia. James has provided clinical podiatry services to Aboriginal communities all over Australia, in urban, rural and remote places. Dr Charles is currently an executive member of the Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network. Dr Charles was President of Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2009 – 2010, and Chairperson of the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Network 2008. Dr Charles was very proud to be chosen as a representative on the national “Close the Gap” committee in 2008-2009. Dr Charles was very honoured to receive the National NAIDOC Scholar of the year award in 2017 for his teaching, research and work in the Aboriginal community. Dr Charles has also received the prestigious Alumni Accolade Award from the University of South Australia in 2018. Dr Charles has recently engaged with the AFL AllPlay program, especially where it relates to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. A/Prof Charles has published many research papers on Aboriginal foot health in peer-reviewed journals.

Pete Lazzarini About Us

Dr Pete


Pete is Senior Research Fellow in the Foot Disease Research program at QUT and Qld Health.  He was a founding member of the Australian Diabetic Foot Network, NHMRC Diabetes Update Guidelines and Queensland Diabetes Network steering committees.  Pete has also been vice-president of the Australasian Podiatry Council Board and Chair of the Australasian Podiatry Conference.  He has vast experience managing large state-wide diabetes projects that have resulted in state-wide reductions in diabetes hospitalisations and amputations.   For the past four years he has worked in a conjoint research role completing his PhD and building Australia’s first Foot Disease Research program with the goal of ending avoidable amputations.  This has resulted in 40+ published journal papers, $900,000+ in grants, 3 higher degree research students and 4 international collaborations.

Tell me more about the social program

With an over-water bar, amazing restaurants and 'The Fantauzzo' hotel on-site, we could go on about Howard Smith Wharves! But we won't, because we want you to experience it for yourself. So aside from all the exceptional restaurants and bars on-site, DFA held two of our own exceptional on-site social events on Sunday and Monday night. Sunday night kicked off with an American style BBQ on the river with brisket and wings, followed by an interactive dinner on Monday night at 'The Fantauzzo'. 

Sunday Sunset V4

Our fabulous delegates joined us along the riverfront Sunday Afternoon for the relaxed 'DFA2019 Welcome Event'. Held at Howard Smith Wharves in the stunning 'Rivershed' with the river at your doorstep - there was no better way to watch the sun set over the city. And to compliment the stunning view - we had the most delicious american style BBQ with Brisket burgers, chicken wings, smoked corn- all the good stuff. 

BUT WHAT DID PEOPLE WEAR? Think relaxed Sunday BBQ...but the boss or in-law you need to impress was there.

Feast in Colour V2

For the DFA2019 Interactive Dinner, we took over the rooftop at the magnificent 'Fantauzzo' hotel onsite at Howard Smith Wharves. With grill stations, make your own pasta stations, an interactive dessert experience and our very own karaoke lounge - fun was had by all.


Our practical workshops

The four official conference workshop that ran across the two days focused on The Infection, The Perfusion, The Ulcer and The Pressure. We also had a range of practical workshops throughout the two days that focused on education, demonstrations and the practical that our delegates could RSVP to attend that you can read all about below. 

Urgo Breakfast

Life Changing Decisions in DFU Management

DFA 2019 is excited to offer in conjunction with our Premium Partner URGO, a fantastic breakfast workshop featuring Prof Fran Game, Dr Jenny Prentice, Mr Jeff Peters and Mr Emilio Gateo. 








Tuesday 10 September
Howard Smith Wharves - The Rivershed (West)
Arrive from 7:20am for a 7:30am start
Includes gourmet breakfast

This workshop is available to DFA 2019 conference delegates only and is also suitable for all professions and experience levels. 

Smith & Nephew Breakfast V2

T.I.M.E to target Biofilm

DFA 2019 is excited to offer in conjunction with our Major Partner Smith & Nephew, a fantastic breakfast workshop featuring Dr Matthew Malone PhD, FFPM RCPS (Glasgow) and co speaker Saskia Schwarzer.


Join Matt and Saskia as they discuss chronic biofilm infections of wounds and the evidence for current treatments, how best should clinicians approach managing these problems and some solutions using evidence base. 


  • T.I.M.E. to Target Biofilm
  • Case Series on Complex Wound Management Using PICO


Dr Matthew Malone

PhD, FFPM RCPS (Glasgow)

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Western Sydney University School of Medicine, Campbelltown Campus. NSW

Director of Research, South West Sydney Limb Preservation and Wound Research, South West Sydney Local Health District, Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research


Saskia Schwarzer

Research Podiatrist – South West Sydney Limb Preservation and Wound Research Academic Unit

Tuesday 10 September
Howard Smith Wharves - The Rivershed (East)
Arrive: 7:10am 

Includes gourmet breakfast along the riverfront

This workshop is available to DFA 2019 conference delegates only and is also suitable for all professions and experience levels.

Medirent Workshop

Monday SIPC Therapy Workshop


DFA 2019 is privileged to have Margo Asimus present on Indications for Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (SIPC) Therapy in Foot Wounds. Margo is a Nurse Practitioner who has specialised in wound management for over 22 years. As an advanced clinician she has actively participated in local, state and national wound committees. In 2015, as the National President of Australian Wound Management Association, Margo was instrumental in transitioning the association to 'Wounds Australia'. 

SIPC is an effective tool for removing oedema from the limbs and therefore an established treatment modality for lymphoedema and venous ulcers. This workshop will educate on what SIPC is, how it works, and clinical application in a variety of presentations including neuropathic and arterial ulcers. The session will also provide assessment guidance and use of device modes to individualise treatment.

  • Knowledge about SIPC and how the device works
  • An appreciation about how it may affect the vascular system to improve wound healing
  • Increased confidence to assess appropriate patients for SIPC therapy.
  • Information to determine safe, effective practice and contraindications

Monday 09 September
Howard Smith Wharves - Bougainvillea House  
1:30pm to 2:15pm 
Workshop runs at the same time as Abstract sessions and is a 20 second walk across the grass from where Abstract sessions are held. 

This workshop is available to DFA 2019 conference delegates only and is also suitable for all professions and experience levels. 

APODA workshop

High Risk Foot Framework Workshop


DFA 2019 is excited to have Cindy Laird present a practical workshop: ApodA Career framework in High Risk Foot 


The Australian Podiatry Association (APodA) has developed a career framework for the practice and development of podiatry in Australia. The purpose is to provide a clear and uniform career progression beyond initial training. The aim is to credential competencies and clinical skills, not academic achievements. In this workshop we will discuss the barriers and benefits to implementing a high risk foot credential in Australia, and gain an understanding of the role of diabetic foot in the wider credentialed system. Your input into the future of high risk foot podiatry will be sought!

Monday 10 September
Howard Smith Wharves - Bougainvillea House
2:30pm to 3:00pm

This workshop is available to DFA 2019 conference delegates only and is also suitable for all experience levels. 

Integra Workshop

Overcoming Barriers: Offloading Workshop


DFA 2019 is excited to have Ian Reid present a practical workshop: Overcoming Barriers -  Practical Approach to the Implementation of Best Practice Offloading.


Join Ian Reid as he shares his insights into how casting rates can be improved and adherence to offloading guidelines can be increased. Learn how to implement novel offloading techniques into your service. The workshop includes practical demonstrations of TCC-EZ with tips and tricks on how to get the most from a fast cast system. Ian Reid is currently the Head of Department, Podiatry & High Risk Foot Services, Royal North Shore & Ryde Hospitals.

Tuesday 10 September
Howard Smith Wharves - Bougainvillea House
10:45am to 11:30am

This workshop is available to DFA 2019 conference delegates only and is also suitable for all professions and experience levels. 

NADC Workshop

NADC Data Collection Workshop

DFA 2019 is excited to have Dr Joel Lasschuit present on Implementing Collection of NADC HRFS Minimum Data into our Clinics.


Standardising data collection across High Risk Foot Services (HRFS) nationally will open unprecedented opportunity for audit, benchmarking and collaborative research. Several services have identified challenges in meeting Standard 8 (Quality Improvement) of the NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS Standards.

The originally proposed minimum dataset has been scrutinised and developed into a user-friendly, accessible and free data collection tool by use of REDCapTM. With the uptake of this tool across Australia, we will be creating a database of international standing. Further, services will have the means to evaluate service efficacy and resource allocation and to direct service improvement.

Tuesday 10 September
Bougainvillea House 
11:35am to 12:00pm 

This workshop is available to DFA 2019 conference delegates for Clinicians interested in how data can be implemented into everyday practice, how data will influence outcomes and bring Australian inline with International leaders

Welcome to Howard Smith Wharves

With a twenty second stroll between each venue, you get to enjoy the view and the fresh air. But wait there’s more! If you head in the other direction, you have a selection of amazing restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from. There’s nothing like sitting in an overwater bar and watching the Brisbane ferries pass by on what would normally be a typical workday in the office!

Where do I go?

1 | Howard’s Hall West: Plenary Room & registration desk

2 | Howard’s Hall East: Exhibition, posters & catering

3 | The Rivershed West: Abstracts & Workshop sessions

4 | The Rivershed East: Abstracts & Workshop sessions

5 | Bougainvillea House: Workshop sessions

6 | Citrus House: Speaker prep room and DFA secretarial

7 | The Fantauzzo Hotel: Interactive Dinner location


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DFA 2019 Exhibition


Premium Conference Partner

Urgo Medical is a leading French company specialized in wound healing, offering a complete range of wound management dressings and compression bandages. Because skin is a vital organ that is necessary for the good health and well being of all, Urgo Medical is committed to furthering knowledge on the treatment of wounds and injured tissues. To ensure efficacy that you can see, Urgo Medical offers innovative wound care solutions that help restore a patient’s life to its pre-injured state.



Major Conference Partner

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology company with a focus on repairing and healing the human body in three high-growth sectors: Orthopaedics, Endoscopy, Wound Management and ENT. The company creates innovative products, whose performance has earned thetrust of clinicians around the world. We are very proud that every day our products help improve people’s lives.


Maps & Floorplan

Howard's Hall East will be the main hub of activity for DFA2019. We are very fortunate to have a phenomenal group of partners who have joined the extended DFA family. With latest technologies, products and services on offer - make the time to have a chat! 

Exhibition Floorplan



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