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 front of them. 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.
The Diabetes and Feet toolkit includes:
• an overview of each guideline from the 2021 Australian guidelines for diabetes-related foot disease
• recommendations for each guideline
• implementation and monitoring considerations
• considerations for the Australian context
• practical pathways for each guideline to help optimise the implementation of the recommendations.
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 2021 Australian guidelines for diabetes-related foot disease. You can do this by quickly browsing the contents of each guideline, identifying the question you are most interested in and then read the recommendations made, the reasons why those recommendations were made and considerations on how to implement the recommendation in practice.