What’s new at DFA?

DFA has the great pleasure in welcoming Dr Viv Chuter, Dr Emma Hamilton and Ms Hayley Ryan to the DFA Steering Committee. The DFA Steering Committee plays a crucial leadership role in developing the national strategic plan and priorities for DFA, and delivering projects and activities. As you’ll read in the short bio’s below, the team is looking forward to working with Viv, Emma and Hayley as we continue to focus on ending avoidable amputations within a generation. We’d also like to acknowledge all candidates who submitted applications. We received a record number of high caliber applications, which continues to highlight the considerable depth, experience and growth in the Australian DFD community.

Dr Vivienne Chuter is a Professor at Western Sydney University and leads a clinically based research program focusing on prevention and management of diabetes-related foot disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for non-Indigenous Australians. Committed to improving health and well-being for First Nations Australians, Vivienne provides academic leadership and clinical service provision to co-designed, community-led diabetes-related foot complications prevention and management services and research. This includes research relating to development and implementation of culturally safe care provision and strategies to develop cultural capability in new graduate practitioners.

Dr Emma Hamilton is an Endocrinologist at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals, Clinical Senior Lecturer at UWA and Clinical Lead of the Multidisciplinary Diabetes Foot Unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital, an NADC accredited Centre of Excellence High Risk Foot Service. Aligning her research priorities with her clinical work, Emma was awarded a Raine Clinician Research Fellowship to further her research in diabetes-related foot disease, with the aim of improving outcomes for people living with diabetes and foot complications and serves on a number of national diabetes-related foot disease projects and committees.

Ms Hayley Ryan has almost 20 years experience in nursing and has worked in wound care over this time. Hayley has a passion for healing wounds as a Clinical Nurse Consultant across Australia and New Zealand in private practice with her own company WoundRescue. Hayley also lectures at Universities and has been appointed as an adjunct fellow at the University of technology Sydney.

View the full bio’s of all our steering committee members