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Howard smith wharves



In 2017, we flew in international experts, had thirty speakers, a jam-packed program, and enough cheese to last a long winter in the wilderness. So what’s planned for 2019 you ask? A brand new venue that takes unique to the next level, a social program delivered in DFA’s relaxed style, an interactive exhibition and most importantly, future-focused content with an emphasis on the practical you use every day. And it gets even bigger, because we're bringing the “Olympics of the Diabetic Foot” Downunder! You heard right, to follow the renowned International Symposium on Diabetic Foot held in the Netherlands in May 2019 (the largest diabetic foot conference in the world held every 4 years) we have secured not one, not two, but three international keynote speakers. Who are not only keynoting at the International Sympoium, but are also busy writing four chapters of the new 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guidelines also released at the symposium. So keep scrolling as we outline our exciting plans for DFA 2019, because we can't wait to welcome you to the Brisbane riverfront, for two days of inspired content and interactive learning all focused on diabetic foot disease.

Who should attend?

The program is designed for multidisciplinary specialties: podiatry, nursing, pedorthics, endocrinology, vascular surgery, general practice, orthopaedics, infectious diseases and other specialties caring for people with diabetic foot disease.

Practical Focus

The program not only focuses on the bigger picture with latest research, clinical practice and technology from around the globe, but also how this fits with your own local practice.

Interactive Workshops

Feedback highlighted that our 2017 workshops were a standout. And in 2019 we're including even more interaction with case studies, back-to-basics and “what’s new” demonstrations to help you with your best practice diabetic foot disease care.


Been to Brisvegas lately?

Because in 2019, we're taking the conference from the beach to the riverfront. With the water so close, you could drop in a fishing line!

Been to Brisvegas lately?

Because in 2019, we're taking the conference from the beach to the riverfront. With the water so close, you could drop a fishing line in!

Introducing Howard Smith Wharves

To say little ol’ Brisbane is undergoing a small rejuvenation, would be the understatement of the decade. With new developments happening across the city, we’ve secured what can only be described as a ‘game changer’, because stepping onto Howard Smith Wharves is an event within itself. 

Located beneath the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves delivers that relaxed conference feel, right in the heart of the city. With a short seven minute stroll along the boardwalk to reach the hustle and bustle of the city and the river close enough you could drop in a fishing line, it offers the best of both worlds.

It’s also got some history, as it began as a project to provide locals with relief work during the depression in the 1930’s before being leased by shipping company, Howard Smith Co Ltd...hence the name! And in 2018, these incredible city spaces and heritage listed buildings have been restored to provide a space to celebrate the best of Brisbane; to eat, drink, play, stay, and of course learn all in the one place.

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After a room with a view?

How about a view from all rooms?

All the conference spaces are positioned along the river's edge. Look one way to see the cityscape and beyond. Look the other way and see the dramatic cliff face with its very own 'cliff lift'. Surrounded by green spaces, an over-water bar and even an olive grove, DFA 2019 will be a conference like no other. 

Ready for inspired learning?

relaxed spaces

Learning is always better when you're as inspired by your environment as much as the content. By combining heritage features with state-of-the-art technology, our learning spaces will transform from large to small and from light to dark throughout the program.

Eat + Drink = Merry

Warm up those vocal cords

Not surprisingly, cheese and karaoke go together like salt and pepper! But there's nothing wrong with adding a bit more spice to the mix. In 2019, we're taking our social events to the next level, with even more interaction and time to unwind with new friends and old whilst enjoying a magnificent glass of red.

Let's talk content...

Our goal is to not only deliver the latest in diabetic foot disease research and clinical translation from around the globe, but also have a clear focus on what's happening in our own backyard. At DFA 2019, we’re combining key elements of the 2019 International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot with a down under practical focus. Our workshop sessions will incorporate case studies, “what’s new” in practice and an interactive back-to-basics approach, all designed to spark interesting conversation from all perspectives. By the end of the two days, our aim is that you leave inspired, with practical information that can be used in your day-to-day practice. 

the patient
Understanding behaviour
and adherence

Across the two day conference, 'the patient' will be a core theme in plenary and workshops sessions. Stay tuned as we reveal the full program in early 2019.

Practical wound assessment
and treatment

Across the two day conference, 'the ulcer' will be a core theme in plenary and workshops sessions. Stay tuned as we reveal the full program in early 2019.

Investigating surgical and
conventional offloading

Across the two day conference, 'the pressure' will be a core theme in plenary and workshops sessions. Stay tuned as we reveal the full program in early 2019.

Predicting and treating
foot infections 

Across the two day conference, 'the infection' will be a core theme in plenary and workshops sessions. Stay tuned as we reveal the full program in early 2019.

Did we mention our Speakers?

We are proud to announce our first three internationally acclaimed speakers whose influence is critical to best practice treatment and research in diabetic foot disease around the globe. All three keynote speakers are also responsible for writing chapters in the much anticipated 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guidelines. Once again, our international speakers will not only be presenting during the plenary sessions, but also in our smaller interactive workshop sessions running across the two days. And this is just the start! Stay tuned as we announce more speakers in the coming months.


Larry Lavery



Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., is a board-certified podiatrist and Professor of Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is also medical director of UT Southwestern’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center and director of the amputation prevention program at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Lavery completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and then earned his medical degree at the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He completed a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he also earned a Master in Public Health.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2010, Dr. Lavery held academic appointments at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple; the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and Loyola University Medical Center in the Chicago area. He has also served as a staff podiatrist at VA hospitals in San Antonio and Illinois.

Dr. Lavery is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. He has been invited to lecture on podiatric medicine, diabetic ulcers, and wound care at medical conferences around the world and has published a dozen book chapters and more than 150 research articles on these topics.

He has served on the editorial board for Diabetes Care and the International Diabetes Monitor, and was editor-in-chief of Foot and Ankle Quarterly and deputy editor of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Professor Lavery is currently co-authoring the 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guideline chapters on diabetic foot prevention and infection.


Frances Game



Professor Fran Game has been a consultant Diabetologist at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT since 2011.  She is also the Clinical Director of R&D and the Derby Clinical Trials Support unit. 

Her main clinical and research interest is the Diabetic Foot and she has published over 80 papers and book chapters on the subject. She has an active research interest, running several multicentre/multinational trials in this field. She is especially interested in service development, particularly  the need to manage diabetic foot disease in a more cost-effective way, closer to home for patients. She is an active teacher both locally, nationally and internationally, being regularly asked to lecture at major diabetes conferences.

She has worked with Diabetes UK on their Putting Feet First campaign, and chaired the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot wound healing subgroup from 2012-2016 and currently chairs the classification subgroup. She currently co-chairs the East Midlands Diabetic Foot Network and was appointed the NHS England Co-Clinical Director for Diabetes and Vascular Diseases for the East Midlands in May 2018.

Professor Game is currently co-authoring the 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guideline chapters on diabetic foot classification and ulcer healing.


A/Professor Jaap
van Netten



A/Professor Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on foot problems, most notably in people with diabetes. Two years after his graduation, he obtained his PhD in the field of rehabilitation medicine (University Medical Center Groningen, NL). He moved to the diabetic foot centre of expertise of Hospital Group Twente (Almelo and Hengelo, NL), first as postdoc and then as senior researcher.

Early 2016, Jaap moved to Australia, being appointed senior research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and scientific director of Diabetic Foot Australia. While he moved back to the Northern Hemisphere in 2017, he remains connected as adjunct Associate Professor at QUT. 

Van Netten now works as senior researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation, Academic Medical Center, in Amsterdam. Together with Principal Investigator Dr. Sicco Bus, he coordinates various (international) projects on the biomechanical and behavioural aspects of diabetic foot ulcer and amputation prevention.

In addition to these roles, Van Netten serves since 2015 as secretary of the editorial board and the prevention working group of the IWGDF-Guidance. This working group is committed to producing global evidence-based guidance on diabetic foot disease prevention and management. They present their newest update in 2019.

A/Professor van Netten is currently co-authoring the 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guideline chapters on diabetic foot prevention, definitions and the summary chapter.

Tell me more about the program

The Diabetic Foot Australia Conference 2019 program boasts international and national keynote speakers, plenary sessions and interactive workshops. Focused around the core themes of the patient, ulcer, pressure and infection, we are covering all areas of diabetic foot disease including clinical practice and scientific evidence. Over two days at Howard Smith Wharves, you will enjoy the latest in research and practice, and meet with industry partners offering the latest products and services. Our social program includes an official welcome event along the Brisbane river, and an interactive conference dinner delivered in DFA style. Click below for an overview of each conference day and stay tuned for the official program release in early 2019. 



Conference registration will open Sunday afternoon at Howard Smith Wharves to coincide with our Welcome Event along the riverfront. Once registered, join your fellow delegates and DFA 2019 speakers for drinks and an array of delicious canapes along the riverfront. This relaxed event is the perfect way to register early, watch the sun set over the city,  and  network with old friends and new, before the official conference launch. 




  • Official Conference launch
  • Opening plenary session
  • Exhibition and Morning Tea 
  • Join one of our four interactive workshops sessions 
  • Exhibition and Lunch 
  • Join one of our two abstract sessions 
  • Exhibition and Afternoon Tea 
  • Plenary session



Join us for our Interactive Dinner delivered in relaxed DFA style, where the focus is on good food, fantastic drinks and fun. With spectacular views, an inspired and interactive menu, we have quite the evening planned. Stay tuned as we reveal a taste of what's planned in the coming months. 



  • Plenary session
  • Exhibition and Morning Tea 
  • Join one of our two abstract sessions 
  • Exhibition and Lunch 
  • Join one of our four interactive workshops sessions 
  • Exhibition and Afternoon Tea 
  • Plenary session and conference close 

Exhibition & Learning spaces

Designed by internationally renowned Woods Bagot Architects, Howard’s Hall will be the central hub for DFA2019. This magnificent building features uninterrupted views of the city skyline, retractable glass doors, state-of-the-art technology and private riverfront deck. Housing the DFA2019 Exhibition, a dedicated workshop space, and plenty of break-out zones for networking, this colourful and interactive space will take DFA2019 to the next level. Rich in original character and exposed timber beams, The Rivershed, which is a twenty second stroll from Howard's Hall will house plenary and workshop sessions. For our smaller workshop sessions, we’ll also be using Bougainvillea House, a converted ‘Queenslander’ transformed to create a unique learning space. 

Call for Abstracts

Did you know that our abstract sessions from DFA 2017 where voted one of the top conference highlights? Rearchers with results from original work in the field of diabetic foot disease are encouraged to submit an abstract. Successful submissions are provided the opportunity to deliver an oral presentation during one of the four abstract sessions across the two day conference. These sessions are an important part of DFA 2019, as they show the newest and brightest research works from around Australia.

All abstracts will be reviewed by our scientific committee. We will be looking for abstracts that display high-quality original research with relevance for clinical practice, now and into the future. All abstracts selected for presentation compete for the “DFA conference 2019 best abstract award”.

High-quality original research with relevance for clinical practice, now or in the future. Oral presentations only. Submissions format: Word document, maximum one page, include authors, institutions and e-mail address of primary author. Abstract word count maximum 350. Guidelines for accepted presentations will be forwarded at a later date.


• The primary author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
• The primary author is responsible for ensuring that all co-authors have viewed and approved the content of the abstract being submitted.
• The primary author is the presenter and if  accepted, the presenter must register as a delegate of the conference.

• All abstracts will be reviewed by the DFA Conference 2019 - Scientific Committee. The committee’s decision is final.
• Authors can submit more than one abstract, but the committee will give preference to someone's first abstract over someone else's second in case of similar quality.
• By submitting your abstract you agree to have your abstract (if accepted) published on the conference website and in the conference proceedings abstract book.

Somewhere to stay

With a 5 star hotel opening on-site at Howard Smith Wharves in March 2019, those seeking luxury won’t be disappointed. With an array of affordable hotels and apartments within 300m of Howard Smith Wharves, we’ve got all budgets and styles covered. Listed below are some excellent accommodation options within walking distance of Howard Smith Wharves. As the Brisbane Festival hits every September, don't forget to book early to secure your room.



1 minute walk away 


One minute walk to Howard Smith Wharves 

Offers both hotel rooms and apartments 

Rooms are air-conditioned, access to free wifi,

Pool, tennis court & fitness centre

Magnificent city and Story bridge views



4 minute walk away


Four minute walk to Howard Smith Wharves 

Offers studios to 3 bedroom apartments

Rooms are air-conditioned, unlimited free wifi,

Indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna  & fitness centre

Mantra on the Quay


5 minute walk away


Five minute walk to Howard Smith Wharves 

Offers studio rooms up to 3 bedroom apartments

Rooms are air-conditioned with LCD cable TV

Pool, spa, steam room & tennis court 




Located at Howard Smith Wharves, this magnificent six-level, five star hotel features a natural rock and timber facade, carved into the cliff under Brisbane’s Story Bridge. Acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo will be at the design helm of the new hotel, responsible for furnishing the 166 guest rooms and lobby with both original artworks and up to 500 reproductions of his most recognised works. With the conference at your doorstep, this unique new hotel is an opportunity to experience Brisbane at its absolute best. 

Hotel Reservations open soon!

The airport is how close?

On an average day - 20 minutes. On a bad day - still 20 minutes courtesy of the airport tunnel. Howard Smith Wharves is also easily accessible by public transport with bus, ferry and train access close by. Airport Transfers can be booked directly through our transfer partner which will be announced in January 2019.  

Getting there by car

For those who are driving, secure on-site parking is available at Howard Smith Wharves. There are also alternative secure parking locations available within a five minute walk of Howard Smith Wharves. Parking rates are payable direct with prices made available in January. HSW strive to provide inclusive, safe access for all visitors with accessibility via stairs and lifts on Bowen Terrace, drop-off zones at 5 Boundary Street, and the Riverwalk from Brisbane City.

The early bird catches the best worm

...and also saves $100 off the standard "Full Conference Pass" in the process!  We know how challenging it is to juggle the work-life balance, so why wait until your 2018 calendar fills up. Knock something off your list early by finding the conference pass that best suits and book it in under 30 seconds!

Price Comparison

BOOKING CONDITIONS: A student is defined as a holder of a student identification card from a recognised tertiary educational institution and must be studying full time to qualify for the discounted rate. DFA may contact you after registration is received to verify your full-time student status.

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Details Price Qty
Early Bird - Full Conference Pass $695.00 (AUD)  
Early Bird - Monday Conference Pass $325.00 (AUD)  
Early Bird - Tuesday Conference Pass $325.00 (AUD)  
Full-time Student -2 Day Conference Pass $525.00 (AUD)  

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