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For Patients
FOR
PATIENTS

Empowering patients, their carers and families with knowledge and pathways to healing.

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For Health Professionals
FOR HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS

Supporting health professionals to improve clinical & quality of life outcomes for people with diabetic foot disease.

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For Reearchers
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RESEARCHERS

Providing leading diabetic foot researchers with infrastructure and support to accelerate high quality clinical research in Australia.

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For Industry
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INDUSTRY

Linking industry with key opinion leaders & maintaining visibility of the growing national problem of diabetic foot disease.

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Ending avoidable Amputations within a generation

 

We are the peak national clinical and research body for diabetes-related foot disease

Current projects

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the national research agenda for DFD to provide a focus on agreed priority areas of Australian research that targets the most pertinent gaps in the DFD evidence.

Experts within the field of DFD are well aware of the relevant gaps in the evidence for care provided, but this is generally not well known within funding, government and industry agencies.

To overcome this deficit, our aim is to develop a widely endorsed and well communicated national research agenda for DFD that should provide a focus on agreed priority areas of Australian research that targets the most pertinent gaps in the DFD evidence.

With the end goal of ‘ending avoidable amputations within a generation’, the project outcomes will be used to promote the DFD research priorities when lobbying for policy change and provide the Australian research community with rationale for future DFD research.

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adapted Australian guideline recommendations and clinical pathways for managing people with diabetes-related foot disease.

A key recommendation of the recent Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) Australian DFD Strategy 2018-2022 was to ensure Australia urgently developed new national DFD guidelines that reflected the most up-to-date robust evidence to guide standards of health care provision. 

With this project we aim to: 

  • adopt or adapt suitable international source DFD guideline recommendations to the multi-disciplinary Australian health system context.
  • develop clinical pathways that support the translation of any adopted or adapted Australian DFD guideline recommendations for use by multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals.
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a range of helpful COVID-19 guides and information to help assist Australian healthcare professionals care for people with diabetes related foot disease.

One thing that's certain is the global COVID-19 situation will demand more and more hospital bed capacity to manage. What we also know is diabetic foot disease is a leading cause of hospital bed occupancy, and that health care professionals working in teams adhering to evidence-based DFD guideline recommendations can significantly reduce hospitalisation. So, it's vital now more than ever, for the global DFD community to potentially help the COVID-19 situation by keeping as many DFD patients out of hospital beds as possible with effective DFD care.

To help tackle this, DFA has joined forces with IWGDF to keep health care professionals informed with handy COVID-19 information specifically related to DFD. 

Managing foot disease during COVID-19

 

 

Our feet focus

conferences events

We bring together some of the globe’s most renowned researchers and clinicians in the fields of diabetes and diabetic foot disease to cover the latest research, from bench-top to bedside. From our conference to our 'What's New in DFU' events, we focus on the latest research, evidence-based practice and new technologies.

footwear guideliness

Published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, the 2018 Australian Guidelines on footwear for people with diabetes contains 10 key recommendations to guide health professionals in selecting the most appropriate footwear to meet the specific foot risk needs of an individual with diabetes.

latestresearch

New research on diabetic foot disease is published on an almost daily basis. Each month we release latest news and research to provide practical clinical summaries of the latest evidence on how to assess particular conditions according to the world’s leading authorities.

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The “Australian diabetes-related foot disease strategy 2018-2022” is the first step towards ending avoidable generations within a generation. This strategy was written by Diabetic Foot Australia with input from various national and state peak bodies, interdisciplinary foot disease services and individual experts from the Australian DFD community.

research repositpry

Diabetic Foot Australia has established the Australian Research Repository to showcase published Australian research on diabetic foot disease. Each entry in the repository must focus on diabetic foot disease, be peer reviewed and have one author with an Australian affiliation.

Dailyfootcare checklist

For people with diabetes, feet are often over-looked as the management of other aspects of diabetes takes higher priority. With over 50,000 Australians living with diabetic foot disease every day, Diabetic Foot Australia has developed the handy Daily Foot Checklist for people with diabetes to incorporate into their daily lives.

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Latest News

An Innovative prograM to Prevent diAbetes-related foot ComplicaTions (IMPACT)

The vascular disease research team at James Cook University, led by Professor Jon Golledge, is conducting a survey to investigate health professionals experiences in managing patients with diabetic foot disease and related complications.  This survey intends to gather information from a broad range of health professionals to contribute to the ...
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Expression of Interest: Seeking new DFA steering committee member

DFA is now seeking an additional steering member and is looking for those with significant DFD experience in infectious diseases to join the team. Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) was established in 2015 with the vision to end avoidable amputations within a generation in Australia with our primary objectives to: Optimise ...
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Seeking consumer input for the National Clinical Guidelines project

Did you also know that diabetes-related foot ulcers are reported as the leading cause of amputation in Australia? But did you also know that 80% of diabetes-related amputations could be prevented by following best evidence-based treatments. Here at DFA, one of the ways we’re tackling that statistic is by developing ...
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Seeking Consumer input for National Research Agenda project

Did you know that every two hours someone in Australia will undergo an amputation as a result of diabetes-related foot disease? Did you also know that diabetes-related foot disease receives less than 0.2% of the total diabetes research funded in Australia? For a little known disease, the statistics are confronting. ...
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Expression of Interest: Seeking DFA Steering Committee Member

DFA is now seeking an additional steering member and is looking for those with significant DFD experience in the following discipline: Surgery to join the team. Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) was established in 2015 with the vision to end avoidable amputations within a generation in Australia with our primary objectives ...
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Helpful COVID-19 links for multi-disciplinary diabetes and foot health care professionals

There’s no doubt that the last few weeks have changed how we’ll all go about our daily lives in 2020. And for our Australian diabetes foot community - those living with diabetes-related foot disease and our healthcare professionals and researchers working to support them - questions and new information is ...
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Latest Research

The globe’s diabetic foot print is big and getting bigger

Ever wondered how big the global diabetic foot disease burden really is? Or how many people have diabetic foot complications? Or even if the diabetic foot print is getting bigger in a certain nation? Well wonder no more! A new Australian-led study has published the first estimates of the global, ...
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Calf stretching alone does not reduce plantar pressures

A very nice new Australian study has reported that calf muscle stretching alone in people with diabetes does not increase their ankle range of motion nor reduce their forefoot plantar pressures. This RCT - led by Dr Angela Searle and Prof Viv Chuter from the University of Newcastle – randomised ...
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Optimal blood test values for diagnosing osteomyelitis

A new study published by one of our much loved DFA 2019 International Speakers – global diabetic foot infection guru and foot cake surgeon extraordinaire, Professor Larry Lavery – has just reported the optimal blood test values for diagnosing diabetic foot osteomyelitis. The study by Prof Lavery’s group in the ...
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Is health literacy linked with diabetic foot outcomes?

Results of a systematic review on health literacy in people with diabetic foot disease has recently been presented in the prestigious Diabetic Medicine journal and at the 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot held at The Hague in May this year. This large review investigated the association between health literacy ...
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What factors influence adults with diabetes to adopt smart shoe insole technology?

New Aussie Research on smart insole technology coming to DFA 2019 Our patients’ attitudes and beliefs about how effective smart insole technology will be used to prevent foot ulcers predicted their intention to use such technology. This fascinating study - led by Dr Emma Macdonald and Dr Byron Perrin from ...
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New Patient Adherence Research coming to DFA 2019

A new study has found some interesting reasons why our patient’s with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) are adherent or non-adherent to their DFU self-care at home. The study – led by DFA 2019 Keynote Speaker A/Prof Jaap van Netten  – extensively interviewed a selection of 11 Aussie patients with DFU ...
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New Infection Research coming to DFA 2019

A new study published in the leading infectious diseases journal has suggested we need to revise the international (IDSA/IWGDF) diabetic foot infection (DFI) classification system to include osteomyelitis. The study – led by DFA 2019 Keynote Speaker Professor Larry Lavery – investigated the outcomes of 294 patients with moderate or ...
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New acronym to help guide foot ulcer treatment

A new paper has just published a simple acronym – MADADORE – to try and help busy clinicians remember what they need to do to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). The acronym was designed by Australian and Dutch researchers – Drs Peter Lazzarini, Mal Fernando and Jaap van Netten - ...
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The future of offloading published?

A new publication on plantar tissue stress received wide acclaim at this year’s 8th International Diabetic Foot Symposium with many suggesting it may shape the future of diabetic foot offloading treatments. The paper was authored by several leading offloading experts from the US (Crews & Najafi), Netherlands (van Netten & ...
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New global offloading treatment pathway published

A new offloading treatment pathway has just been published with the new IWGDF offloading guidelines. And we dare say this may become your official ‘offloading cheat sheet’ for diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). The new global IWGDF offloading guideline covers 36 pages of everything known to (wo)man on offloading treatments for ...
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This National Amputee Awareness Week, 4 – 11 October 2020, is a chance to ‘Shine a Light’ on the number of people in Australia with limb loss and remind all amputees that they are not alone. This is a week dedicated to celebrating Australians living with limb loss, raising awareness of this lifelong disability, reducing the stigma that amputees can face, and sharing limb loss prevention information.

During National Amputee Awareness Week October significant buildings, venues and landmarks across Australia will be lit up green to ‘put a spotlight’ on amputation and limb loss and you can learn more at www.limbs4life.org.au/news-events/events/shining-a-light-on-australian-amputees#GetYourRibbonOn people for National #Amputee Awareness Week #NAAW20
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Have you submitted your 'big foot' questions yet?

The Round One Survey closes tomorrow 09SEP! And we'd like to find out what 'big foot' questions you'd like to see answered by research.

It only takes a few minutes to take part and have a valued say in the future direction of diabetes-related foot disease research in Australia - so click on the link to learn more!

www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/australian-research-agenda/

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Did you know that in Australia, a whopping $4 million is spent each and every day managing diabetes-related foot disease? But did you also know that currently, diabetes-related foot disease receives less than 0.2% of Australian diabetes research funding?

This is where we need your help. We've launched a national survey to find out the 'big foot' questions that should be answered by research. www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/australian-research-agenda/

The Round One Survey is now open and we'd like to find out your 'big foot' questions based on your own experiences. All questions are important, no questions are wrong, and questions can be as simple or complex as you'd like. And could include topics from living with diabetes-related foot disease, assessment, diagnosis, to treatment of diabetes-related foot disease - it's completely up to you.

So grab yourself a cuppa, and take a few minutes to have your valuable say in the August online survey. So we can build the national top ten research priorities for the "Australian Research Agenda for diabetes-related foot health and disease". And also work towards improving that 0.2% funding diabetes-related foot disease currently receives.

To learn more & to join the survey - click on the link! www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/australian-research-agenda/

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