4th - 5th September 2017

QT Hotel, Gold Coast QLD, Australia

Major Partner - Urgo Medical
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Call for Papers

Researchers with results from original work in the field of diabetic foot disease are encouraged to submit an abstract. Successful submissions are provided the opportunity to deliver an oral presentation during the conference, and compete for the “DFA conference 2017 best abstract award”.

Partners & Sponsors

Our delegates operate in the clinical treatment and research domains across endocrinology, vascular surgery, general practice, orthopaedics, podiatry, nursing, pedorthics and other specialties dealing with the diabetic foot. Diabetes Feet Australia are offering a limited number of partnership, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. 

Two incredible days, one amazing city

A bold, unique and memorable experience at the acclaimed boutique hotel - QT Gold Coast Hotel


The Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA) Conference 2017 Committee would like to extend a very warm welcome to our delegates. A welcome as warm and bright as the beautiful weather you can expect in Queensland’s Gold Coast on the 4-5th September 2017, the host city for our conference.

The DFA Conference 2017 is the evolution of the highly acclaimed Sydney Diabetic Foot conferences of 2013 and 2015. Our thanks to Liverpool Hospital for entrusting this conference series with DFA.

Just metres from the beach front, you’ll enjoy a spectacular scientific and social program. Plenary lectures and workshops reflect our 2017 theme and logo: wound infection, vascular surgery, multi-disciplinary treatment and biomechanics.


International Speakers


Engaging Topics


Hours of Gold Coast Sunshine

Our Speakers

We are proud to announce six internationally acclaimed speakers whose influence is critical to best practice treatment and research  in diabetic foot disease around the globe. 


Dr. Wolcott began his wound care practice over 11 years ago and has been practicing medicine for 28 years. He is passionate about healing his patients, which has resulted in his quest for the best medical advances in wound care.

Dr Randall Wolcott

M.D. (U.S.A.)


Dr Hill is Clinical Director of Vascular Surgery with specific interests in endovascular therapy. He practices in open Vascular Surgery also with interests in Vascular Access, distal/tibial bypass grafting and Aortic surgery. He has an interest in the rational use of Vascular Intervention. He is the co-director of the Vascular/Interventional Research Group at Auckland Hospital which specialises in First in Human Vascular Intervention. He is an Investigator in 10 currently enrolling peripheral endovascular trials.

Dr Andrew Hill

MB ChB., FRACS (New Zealand)


Prof. Najafi is currently serving with Baylor College of Medicine, as Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Research, in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. He has 20 years of experience in biomechanics and over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. 

Prof Bijan Najafi

PhD, MSc.(U.S.A)


Venu is a Vascular & Vein Specialist Surgeon based in Auckland.He has started the Auckland Regional Multi-Disciplinary Diabetic Foot Service which offers clinics across various sites across Auckland including Auckland, Greenlane, North Shore & Whangarei Hospitals. His Private Practice is based at Ascot Hospital with satellite clinics in Silverdale & Warkworth.

Dr Venu Bhamidipaty

MBBS., FRACS (New Zealand)


Nicolaas Schaper is author of more than 75 publications in international, peer-reviewed journals on diabetes and related disorders. Recipient of several grants, including ZonMw and Dutch Diabetes Foundation. Scientific secretary of the International Consensus on the Diabetic Foot, Coodinator of the European Eurodiale network.

Prof Nicolaas Schaper

M.D., PhD (Netherlands)


Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on foot problems, most notably in people with diabetes.Van Netten is also the secretary of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot Editorial Board and its Prevention Working Group. In these roles he is co-authoring the evidence-based international consensus guidance on the prevention and management of foot problems in diabetes.

Dr Jaap Van Netten

PhD (Netherlands)

Partner with Us

The Diabetes Feet Australia Conference 2017 provides your organisation with a unique opportunity to showcase your brand to an audience of future-focused health professionals and researchers with significant influence over the Australian clinical treatment and research sectors. Our delegates operate in the clinical treatment and research domains across endocrinology, vascular surgery, general practice, orthopaedics, podiatry, nursing, pedorthics and other specialties dealing with the diabetic foot. Their decisions are critical to the products and services utilised by diabetic foot patients nationally.


Sponsorship Packages

Choose from a range of premier partnership options through to advertising and branding opportunities that drive your company message home. Your company’s profile will be raised by its visibility around our innovative events and compelling presentations within the conference program.

Exhibition Booths

Showcase your innovative products and serves to an engaged audience in our premium trade exhibitor booths. Connect with new customers and develop lasting relationships by meeting face-to-face with the people who purchase and recommend your products and services.