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Ending Avoidable Amputations within a generation

About

Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) has been established to help reduce the incidence and impact of foot disease on the lives of Australians living with Diabetes.

We have engaged with multiple partner organisations across Australia to create a national body for people suffering diabetic foot disease. 

A multidisciplinary approach to the Diabetic Foot patient is critical to delivery of a gold standard of treatment. We advocate a coordinated approach by Health Professionals, Researchers, Government & Industry as critical to achieving our vision of ending avoidable amputations in a generation.

Meet the Team

DFA is led by a national steering committee, combining expertise from multiple disciplines. The committee is comprised of a broad range of clinical, research and industry experts from disciplines such as endocrinology, vascular surgery, podiatry, nursing, epidemiology, clinical research and biochemical research. Members also bring a wealth of experience by being representatives on international, national and state diabetic foot groups, including the ‘International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot’ and former national diabetic foot ulcer group the ‘Australian Diabetic Foot Network’.

Co-Chair

A/Professor Paul Wraight

A/Professor Paul Wraight

CO-CHAIR, DFA STEERING COMMITTEE

Paul is clinical associate professor of The University of Melbourne and Endocrinologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.  Paul is one of two Australian representatives on the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot, was founding chair of the Australian Diabetic Foot Network and NHMRC Diabetes Update Guidelines member.  He completed his PhD in 2005 into “Improving clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes related foot complications” and is Director of the Diabetic Foot Unit at RMH.  He continues to undertake clinical research into the diabetic foot with current NHMRC and Victorian government grants and has 20 peer reviewed publications and 2 book chapters.

Co-chair

Dr Peter Lazzarini

Dr Peter Lazzarini

CO-CHAIR, DFA STEERING COMMITTEE

Pete is Senior Research Fellow in the Foot Disease Research program at QUT and Qld Health.  He was a founding member of the Australian Diabetic Foot Network, NHMRC Diabetes Update Guidelines and Queensland Diabetes Network steering committees.  Pete has also been vice-president of the Australasian Podiatry Council Board and Chair of the Australasian Podiatry Conference.  He has vast experience managing large state-wide diabetes projects that have resulted in state-wide reductions in diabetes hospitalisations and amputations.   For the past four years he has worked in a conjoint research role completing his PhD and building Australia’s first Foot Disease Research program with the goal of ending avoidable amputations.  This has resulted in 40+ published journal papers, $900,000+ in grants, 3 higher degree research students and 4 international collaborations.

Steering committee member

Dr Jenny Prentice

Dr Jenny Prentice

DFA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Jenny’s clinical background encompasses over 35 years’ experience in wound management, palliative care, acute gastro-intestinal surgery, nursing administration, project management and nursing consultancy nationally and internationally within acute, domiciliary/community and residential aged care settings. Jenny contributed to the establishment of WoundsWest, a tripartite entity between Western Australian Department of Health, Silver Chain and Curtin University in 2006 assuming the role of Director in December 2008. WoundsWest, provided a sustainable framework for improving wound management in Western Australian through clinical audits, online wound education and an e-health wound consultation service. Jenny is now Chief Executive Officer of Wound Healing Institute Australia (WHIA), a new company formed as a realisation of the vision and investment of the WoundsWest Program. Jenny has extensive experience in wound research and has peer reviewed NH&MRC and other wound related grant applications. Jenny has participated in several WMIC CRC research projects and committees, including Diabetic Foot Australia and the Australian Wound Registry. She enjoys supervising higher degree student’s research in wound management and delivering wound education programs particularly within Indigenous communities.

Steering committee member

Mr Ewan Kinnear

Mr Ewan Kinnear

DFA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Ewan Kinnear is the Director of Allied Health at The Prince Charles Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and chair of the Queensland Diabetes Foot Working Group (DFWG).  He is also an active committee member on the Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network. His professional interests include Diabetes, High Risk Foot Care, lower extremity Pressure Injury and Wound Management.

As District Director of Podiatry, MNHHS, 2007 to 2014, he has strategically managed the development and advancement of ‘High Risk Foot’ Podiatry Services across MNHHS.  Empowering his ‘team’ he has led the development and introduction of Foot Health eligibility criteria and Core Business Statements within Metro North Hospital and Health Service. These foundation documents have since been adopted throughout Qld Health and considered in other states. Ewan’s commitment and innovative approach to the advancement of podiatric medicine through evidence based practice and research has facilitated the research program that we are so proud off today.

Steering committee member

Professor Rob Fitridge

Professor Rob Fitridge

DFA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Rob is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Adelaide and Head of Vascular Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He is one of two Australian representatives on the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and co-chair of the Sydney International Diabetic Foot Conference.  Rob is also a steering committee member on the Global Vascular Guidelines and past Chair of the Board of Vascular Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons leading the development of the formal vascular curriculum.  He also established the Diabetic Foot services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Lyell McEwin Health Service. He is currently a Chief Investigator on 4 NHMRC grants and has published widely including editing the Oxford Textbook of Vascular Surgery.

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Steering committee member

Dr Byron Perrin

Dr Byron Perrin

DFA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Byron is currently Head of Department of Community and Allied Health, La Trobe Rural Health School. He also functions as the Senior Lecturer of the podiatry course delivered from the La Trobe Rural Health School.

 

Steering committee member

Mr Matthew Malone

Mr Matthew Malone

DFA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Matthew is Director of the Department of Podiatric Medicine at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney.  He is founder and co-chair of the Sydney International Diabetic Foot Conference, founding member of the Liverpool Diabetes Collaborative Research Unit and vice-president of the national Advanced Practicing Podiatrist – High Risk Foot Group.  Matthew has worked in diabetes limb salvage units in the UK (under Professor Andrew Boulton widely regarded as the ‘world’s expert’ on the diabetic foot), Saudi Arabia and Australia.  He has published widely in the area of diabetic foot disease and is currently undertaking his PhD using advanced molecular and microscopy techniques to determine what bacteria reside in diabetic foot ulcers.  Matthew’s expertise was recently awarded a fellowship to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Steering committee member

Dr Ian Griffiths 

Dr Ian Griffiths

DFA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Dr Ian Griffiths is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (WMI CRC). Ian was previously the CEO of AorTech Pty Ltd, COO of AorTech Biomaterials plc, CEO of PolyNovo Pty Ltd and CEO of Novoskin Pty.  Ian has worked for more than 17 years in commercialising innovative medical devices including wound management products.  In addition, Ian has served on a number of public and private company boards. Dr Griffiths has an MBA, a PhD from the University of Manchester with his thesis based on instrumentation physics and polymer chemistry. Dr Griffiths has been a guest speaker at numerous public events, conferences and investment forums and has a distinguished academic publication list.  He has an extensive background in business development, licensing & acquisitions, medical technology commercialisation, capital raising and critical stakeholder management.