How does time impact your feet?

For National Diabetes Week 2019 and Wound Awareness Week 2019, we're focusing on the important role time plays with diabetic foot ulcers.

 

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08-10 September

Howard Smith Wharves

BRISBANE

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.

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

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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Pathway to ending avoidable diabetes-related amputations in Australia

A PERSPECTIVE published today by the Medical Journal of Australia, tackles Australia's least known major health problem – diabetic foot disease.   It is Australia’s leading cause of amputation, and we have the second highest diabetes-related amputation rate among OECD countries, with the authors, led by Dr Peter Lazzarini, co-Chair ...
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Latest Research

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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Are we in a new wound dressing era for DFUs?

A new high-quality randomised controlled trial (RCT) reporting a new dressing that helps heal diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) quicker has been published in the world’s leading diabetes journal, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This new RCT reports “LeucoPatch” - a new multi-layered dressing patch made up of the patient’s own ...
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People with diabetic foot ulcers have poor overall quality of life

People with diabetic foot ulcers have been found to have poor overall quality of life and this was worse in those with larger ulcers, ulcers for longer, and ulcers complicated by ischaemia or infection. Aussie researchers from the University of Wollongong pooled the data from 12 different studies investigating health-related ...
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Is intravenous better than oral antibiotics for treating osteomyelitis?

A new high-quality randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing the use of intravenous (IV) and oral antibiotics to treat bone and joint infections has just been published in the world’s most prestigious medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. Put simply, this RCT found oral antibiotics had the same effect ...
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Diabetic Foot Disease Is A Top 10 Cause Of Global Disability

A new commentary paper published in Diabetic Medicine has reported diabetic foot disease to be one of the leading causes of disability across the world. The paper - authored by DFA’s Dr Pete Lazzarini and A/Prof Jaap van Netten and DFA’s friends A/Prof Rosana Pacella and Prof David Armstrong – ...
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And to close out National Diabetes Week - it's REALLY about time to book in for a foot check. If you are one of the 1 million plus Australians with diabetes, make sure you book in for an annual foot assessment with your doctor or podiatrist. This will identify if you are one of the 300,000 Australians with risk factors that need more regular care for their feet. OR if you don’t have risk factors, you simply need to make sure you get your feet checked again next year. It’s easy, quick, painless and your feet will thank you for it in the long run!

#NDW2019 #itsabouttime #LetsTalkAboutWounds #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations #DFA2019 Diabetes Australia Diabetes Queensland Wounds Australia Australian Podiatry Association Australian Podiatry Association - NSW & ACT Office Australian Podiatry Association (Qld) Inc Australian Podiatry Associations SA WA TAS Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Podiatry Western Australia RACGP Australian Diabetes Society National Association of Diabetes Centres Wound Innovations
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This National Diabetes Week - it's about making time at home between visits with your diabetic foot team. Time plays an important role for diabetic foot ulcers and it's important to be proactive in monitoring your ulcer and feet at home by following some simple daily steps. Learn even more about foot ulcers and time by clicking on the link: www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/national-diabetes-week-2019/

#NDW2019 #itsabouttime #LetsTalkAboutWounds #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations #DFA2019 Diabetes Australia Wounds Australia Australian Podiatry Association Australian Podiatry Association (Qld) Inc Australian Podiatry Association - NSW & ACT Office Australian Podiatry Associations SA WA TAS Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Pedorthic Association of Australia Wound Innovations RACGP APNA - Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association Podiatry Western Australia Regional Wounds Victoria Diabetes Queensland
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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).

www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/research-article/new-acronym-to-help-guide-foot-ulcer-treatment/

#NDW2019 #itsabouttime #LetsTalkAboutWounds #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations #DFA2019 Diabetes Australia Wounds Australia Australian Podiatry Association Australian Podiatry Association - NSW & ACT Office Australian Podiatry Association (Qld) Inc Australian Podiatry Associations SA WA TAS Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Pedorthic Association of Australia Podiatry Western Australia Regional Wounds Victoria RACGP APNA - Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association Wound Innovations
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National Diabetes Week 2019 is all about the important of time. And latest research shows patients referred within 2 days of initial presentation have much better diabetic foot ulcer outcomes, such as quicker healing, less infection, less hospitalisation and amputations.

www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/national-diabetes-week-2019/

#NDW2019 #itsabouttime #LetsTalkAboutWounds #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations #DFA2019 Australian Podiatry Association Australian Podiatry Association - NSW & ACT Office Australian Podiatry Association (Qld) Inc Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group Regional Wounds Victoria Podiatry Western Australia Wounds Australia Wound Innovations Pedorthic Association of Australia
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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