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. 

Would you recognise your feet in a lineup?

World Diabetes Day 14 November 2018

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.

It's about time to put your feet first 

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.

In 2018 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

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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National Amputee Awareness Week is fast approaching

The Limbs4Life team would like to invite you and your team to take part in this year’s campaign by encouraging everyone to wear a ribbon and show support for amputees during Awareness Week 4 – 11 October! To support this campaign Limbs 4 Life has ribbons, flyers and posters, to promote the event. Set up ...
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Queensland Government invests $17.5 million in extra diabetic foot disease services

Queenslanders with diabetes who have high risk foot concerns will receive treatment earlier, thanks to a $17.5 million state-wide funding boost. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the funding would increase service availability across Queensland, over the next four years, to reduce hospitalisations and amputations. “High Risk ...
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South West Sydney group announces $2.25 million grant to tackle diabetic foot disease

South Western Sydney Local Health District recently announced the awarding of a $2.25 million grant for the creation of the South West Sydney Limb Preservation and Wound Research Academic Unit to investigate diabetic foot wounds. Dr Matthew Malone, the Director of Research for the Unit, said, “We are incredibly excited ...
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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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Introducing the Australian Research Repository

Looking for a central location focused on Australian research on diabetic foot disease? New research from around the globe is published on almost a daily basis, and here at DFA, we’ve created the Australian Research Repository to showcase published Australian research on diabetic foot disease. This free digital repository includes entries ...
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Latest Research

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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How accurate are non-invasive peripheral arterial disease tests in people with diabetic foot ulcers?

A new study published in Diabetic Medicine from the team of globally renowned vascular surgeon Professor Rob Hinchliffe has found that toe-brachial index (TBI) and Doppler waveforms are more useful for the exclusion of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in patients with diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) compared to pulse palpation or ...
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How do Infectious Diseases Consultants manage diabetic foot infection?

A new Australian study surveying Infectious Diseases (ID) Consultants from right around Australia and New Zealand has found that diabetic foot infections (DFI) make up 20% of all their work and DFIs are managed very differently between consultants. But, as we always say is that the full story? This study ...
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Does revascularization of patients with claudication prevent amputation?

A new Australian study has found that patients presenting with intermittent claudication who undergo revascularization had a higher risk of amputation than those who don’t. Yes, you read that correctly, they had more amputations. But, as we always say is that the full story? This study was led by DFA’s friend and ...
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Does high plantar tissue stress delay ulcer healing?

A new study published in Clinical Biomechanics from DFA’s Dr Jaap van Netten’s team has found that cumulative plantar tissue stress is lower in people whose diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) healed compared to those that didn’t heal. But, what is cumulative plantar tissue stress and is that the full story? ...
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What predicts diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

A new study published in Diabetes Care has found that that the main predictors for developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) may actual be obesity factors. But, as we always say is this the full story? What do we know about diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)? We know around half of all ...
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Does hyperbaric heal diabetic foot ulcers faster?

A new randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) has been published in the high-quality diabetes journal, Diabetes Care. The RCT found that HBOT did not improve healing or amputation rates in patients with ischaemic DFUs compared to usual care. ...
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Does a nitric oxide generating dressing heal diabetic foot ulcers faster?

A new randomized controlled trial (RCT) has found a nitric oxide generating dressing heals diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) faster than control dressings. The RCT, led by the world-renowned Professor Mike Edmonds and many of the UK’s most well-known DFU researchers, was recently published in one of world’s leading wound journals, ...
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What should be the world’s priorities for diabetic foot ulcers?

A new commentary paper authored by the world’s leading diabetic foot experts in one of the world’s leading diabetes journals has beautifully covered the current challenges and opportunities facing the world when it comes to diabetic foot ulcers. Many of these authors will be very familiar as we have regularly ...
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Which limb-factors predict amputations?

A new paper from the longest ongoing diabetic foot study in the world, the Seattle Diabetic Foot Study, has reported on the limb-specific factors that predict amputation over 20 years. They found that peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease were the leading predictors of amputation in people with diabetes. “So what, ...
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Can you believe it's been over a year since the 2017 gigantic flaming cheese tower? Time flies when you're busy planning something to top that! So "Save the Date" because we're gearing up to launch the DFA 2019 Conference on 08-10 September 2019.

With the glorious Brisvegas cityscape as the backdrop, we’ll once again be bringing some of the globe’s most renowned researchers and clinicians in the field of diabetes and diabetic foot disease to sunny Queensland. So stay tuned for the official launch, because we're building a conference that will knock your seamless socks off in 2019.

Looking for the World Diabetes Day infographics we used today to download? Head over our website homepage where you can access them all. www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/

#WDD2018 #mydiabetesfamily #4400reasons #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations

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The silly season has hit! But let's not mention how many weeks it is until Christmas, we can all happily live in that land of denial. What we don't want is for people living with or at-risk of diabetic foot disease to take the same 'head in the sand' approach. So for World Diabetes Day, we're giving families festive hints and everyday information to help spread awareness of diabetic foot disease. And there's a valid argument that it can't be considered nagging if you help avoid a nasty foot complication developing. Click below to read even more on our World Diabetes Day web page.

www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/world-diabetes-day-2018/

#WDD2018 #mydiabetesfamily #4400reasons #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations

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Let's be honest, touching your toes was a lot easier in primary school. And as we age, reaching all the way down to your feet can seem as difficult as learning a second language. So help out your family member with diabetes at home. A daily foot check can be done on the couch, even with the cricket playing on the TV. So before giving your nearest and dearest that subtle head tilt to ‘please remove your feet from the coffee table’, take a moment to check their foot health first. Check out out patient web page for even more info and make sure to print out our handy 'Daily Foot Care Checklist' and stick it on the fridge for an easy reminder. www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/for-patients/#caring-feet

#WDD2018 #mydiabetesfamily #4400reasons #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations

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Would you recognise your feet in a lineup? Would you recognise your loved ones feet in a lineup? Today, on World Diabetes Day, 12 Australians will undergo a diabetes-related amputation. That's 12 too many. And men are three times more likely to suffer from diabetic foot disease than women. So this World Diabetes Day, we're focusing on the important role families play in helping those loved and sometimes stubborn ones living with or at-risk of developing diabetic foot disease. So the big question for all the Aussie blokes out there living with diabetes is…how well do you know your feet?

www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/world-diabetes-day-2018/

#WDD2018 #mydiabetesfamily #4400reasons #letspreventamputations #dfaguidesyouthrough #endingavoidableamputations

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Diabetic Foot Australia

Diabetes WA has been shortlisted for a $1,000,000 Google.org Impact Challenge grant – a national search for the next generation of Australians whose innovative ideas for change are making an impact by using technology to tackle some of the biggest social challenges.

This is an amazing opportunity to help support even more people living with diabetes, but Diabetes WA need your vote to win the People’s Choice and receive this much-needed funding. Click below to read more and vote. Voting closes on the 30th October!

impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/australia2018/charities/diabetes-wa-ausThis is why we need your vote...

Sandra (not her real name) is a 34 year old Aboriginal mother with two part time jobs. She was referred to Diabetes Telehealth by her GP for education and management of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, because the nearest diabetes educator is 540km away from Sandra.

Through Diabetes Telehealth, Sandra learned how to use her glucose test kit, and what her blood glucose level should be. With nutrition guidance through the diabetes educators at Diabetes Telehealth, she cut down on her soft drink and sugar consumption, and lost 15kg.
Diabetes Telehealth also worked with her GP to adjust her medication.

She is now including more nutritious options in her diet and this is having a positive influence on her whole family. She feels more energetic and no longer suffers from blurry vision or frequent visits to the toilet.

Sandra is just one of almost 29,000 people living with diabetes in regional Western Australia that could benefit from Diabetes Telehealth. Please vote for Diabetes WA in the Google #Impact Challenge to help us support more people living with diabetes in regional WA.

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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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