Ending avoidable amputations
within a generation

Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) was established in 2015 with the goal of ending avoidable amputations within a generation in Australia. As a key initiative of the Wound Management Innovation CRC, we engaged the expertise of multiple partner organisations across Australia to create a national diabetes-related foot disease (DFD) body for Australia.  On the 1st July 2018, Diabetic Foot Australia joined the Australian Diabetes Society's (ADS) stable of national diabetes clinical and research programs. 

For Patients
FOR PATIENTS

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

For Health Professionals
FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

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

For Reearchers
FOR RESEARCHERS

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

For Industry
FOR INDUSTRY

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

How does time impact your feet?

 

 

our primary objectives

  • Optimise national diabetic foot disease evidence-based clinical practice 

  • Stimulate national diabetic foot disease research  

  • Reduce Australia's diabetes-related amputation rate 

  • Empower Australia to become a leading nation in diabetic foot disease management

How we are helping

Educational conferences and Events

We bring together some of the globe’s most renowned researchers and clinicians in the fields of diabetes and 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.

2018 Footwear Guidelines

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.

Latest Research

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.

Australian Diabetes-related foot disease strategy 2018-2022

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.

Online Research Repository

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.

Daily Foot Care 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.

Would you recognise your feet in a lineup?

In 2019 on any given day in Australia

0

people are at-risk of developing diabetic foot disease

0

people are living with diabetic foot disease

0

people are living with a diabetes-related amputation

Building a

Diabetic Foot Disease

Community Noticeboard

Have an upcoming event or activity with a focus on diabetic foot disease? We've developed a community noticeboard where you can stay-up-date with diabetic foot disease focused events and activities.

Latest News

UHEAL Research Group: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Survey

This survey developed by Co-Investigators, Professor Jonathan Golledge and Dr Malindu Fernando on behalf of the UHEAL research group at James Cook University, Townsville Australia are interested in your feedback regarding hyperbaric oxygen therapy for lower limb wounds. DETAILS: The benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic wounds is controversial. ...
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1.3 million funding boost for feet

The Coalition government has announced it will give a $1.3 million funding boost for the development of a 'Foot Forward' program. This program aims to help diabetics identify feet problems caused by diabetic foot disease. This promising news is a much needed step in the direction of ending avoidable amputations ...
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Australia comes 5th at the Diabetic Foot Olympics

Australia tied for equal 5th with Sweden on the final medal count of the ‘Olympics of the Diabetic Foot’ held in the Netherlands last month. What the? Well, let us rephrase that, Australia presented the equal 5th highest number of scientific presentations at the 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic ...
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The New Global Diabetic Foot Guidelines are here!

The new IWGDF global diabetic foot disease guidelines were officially launched at the International Symposium of the Diabetic Foot last week in the Netherlands. These guidelines have been the gold standard diabetic foot guidelines for over 20 years, are updated every 4 years, and this time used 10 systematic reviews ...
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DFA2019 Special Accommodation rate now available!

DFA 2019 is shaping up to be a spectacular conference with a location, and now a hotel to match! The stunning Art Series 'Fantauzzo' hotel has now opened onsite at Howard Smith Wharves and we have a special DFA Conference rate available. Taking inspiration from its namesake, acclaimed Australian painter ...
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Abstracts now open for DFA2019 Conference

Did you know that our 2017 DFA conference abstract sessions where voted one of the top conference highlights? Researchers with results from original work in the field of diabetic foot disease are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2019 Diabetic Foot Australia Conference. Successful submissions are provided the opportunity ...
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Latest Research

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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New Global Guidelines on Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischaemia are also here!

The new Global Vascular Guideline (GVG) on chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) has just been released hot on the heels of the new IWGDF guideline chapter on peripheral artery disease (PAD). What’s Chronic limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI)? In case you were wondering CLTI is a severe form of PAD. However, it is ...
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Record number of Aussies will be presenting at next month’s “8th Olympics of the diabetic foot”

The International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF) has been informally known as the “Olympics of the diabetic foot” since 1996. And this year will see a record of 20 Aussie presentations at next month's 8th ISDF “Olympics” in The Netherlands which is much more than any other “Olympics”. Why ...
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Are there differences in what different diabetic foot guidelines recommend?

A new study just published in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews has found that there are many differences between recommendations made in national diabetic foot disease guidelines (including Australia’s) and those made in the peak International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) guidelines. This first-of-its-kind study from a ...
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The DFA team are proud to announce the winner of the DFA2019 Best Research Paper Award. Please join us in congratulating Annie Walsh who presented: A referral pathway for patients attending the emergency department with an acute high risk foot pathology.

Annie receives $500, free DFA 2021 conference registration and the opportunity to present a plenary presentation at the 2021 DFA Conference.

And while we're here, we'd also like to congratulate our 21 oral abstract presenters and 14 poster presenters who played a big role in making DFA2019 such a success. We thank you for all the hard work that goes behind the scenes to prepare - you were all spectacular! Abstracts will also be made available to read on the DFA website in the coming weeks.
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A massive thank you to what we like to call our 'DFA family'. Each and every one of you made the conference spectacular. We'll be updating with photos/info soon...after we get some sleep... LOTS of sleep. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Did someone say interactive foot art cake?

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Sharing

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Resources

Here at DFA, we develop a range of documentation and infographics focused on the impact of diabetic foot disease in Australia. While we encourage the sharing of DFA materials across the web and social media, please do not upload any DFA materials directly to another website, or alter these items, without DFA permission. By instead directing all downloads to our webpages, we are able to ensure the latest versions are available at all times.

View our latest infographics below.

World Diabetes Day - Helping a Family Member

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2018

For World Diabetes Day 2018 - Helping a stubborn family member is easier than you think!

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foot line up for facebook

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2018

For National Diabetes Week 2018 - would you recognise your feet in a line up? Overview of information and how family can help.

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It's about time to act on foot changes

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2018

For National Diabetes Week 2018 - it's about time to focus on foot changes

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Comparing the global causes of disability

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2018

Where does diabetic foot disease rank in the global causes of disability? 

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Female nurse helping senior patient to get up from bed

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2017

Introducing the Australian Diabetes-Related Foot Disease Strategy 2018-2022.

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during this week

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2016

National Diabetes Day 2016 infographic highlighting what happened during that week with diabetic foot diease

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World Diabetes Day Holiday Season Infographic

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2018

For World Diabetes Day 2018 - this holiday season give your feet a present

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It's about time to focus on your footwear

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2018

For National Diabetes Week 2018 - it's time to focus on the importance of footwear. 

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2018 Footwear guidelines

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2018

The new 2018 Australia guideline on footwear for people with diabetes highlighting the 10 key points.

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on any given day 2017

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2017

Highlighting the impact of diabetic foot disease on any given day in Australia in 2017. 

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per 1000000

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2017

Can you calculate the diabetic foot disease burden in your region?

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canberra infographic

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2016

Released in 2016, this popular infographic highlights statistics if all Australians with diabetic foot disease lived in Canberra.

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It's about time to put your feet first