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Welcome to DFA 2019!

In 2019, 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. Just meters from the Brisbane river, with the cityscape as the backdrop, DFA 2019 will deliver future-focused content with an emphasis on the practical. And it gets even bigger! With the 8th International Symposium on Diabetic Foot held in the Netherlands in May 2019, (also the world’s largest meeting devoted to diabetic foot disease), we’re then bringing the “Olympics of Diabetic Foot Disease Downunder” to DFA 2019 in September. Our program features not one but three international key speakers who have played key roles in the development of the much anticipated 2019 International (IWGDF) guidelines released next May.

DFA 2019 is focused on delivering the latest in global research that’s also tailored to every day Australian practice. Providing the perfect opportunity to engage with dedicated health professionals and researchers keen to set the new Australian standard in diabetic foot disease research, care and management. What remains abundantly clear though, is the crucial role our exceptional conference partners play, and how in 2019, our focus is to elevate the exhibition experience even higher. With a limited number of partnership and exhibition opportunities available, we look forward to working with you and making DFA 2019, a conference and exhibition space like no other.

Taking it to the next level

Unique Exhibition Space

An exhibition space with state-of-the-art technology, retractable doors with city and river views, all in the most anticipated venue to open in Brisbane in years.

Content Driven

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. 

Increased Partnership opportunities

With "Make your Own Statement" options available to add to your partnership, we're offering creative and interactive networking experiences.

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Speaker Diversity

Based on our 2017 survey feedback, our delegates wanted greater speaker diversity. In 2019 we're increasing speaker diversity for both our international and national superstars.

Increased Delegate Involvement

Incorporating technology and social media during the conference for promotion and to increase interaction in education sessions.

Expanding our reach

With an eight month targeted marketing plan in place, we're expanding our reach to attract delegates across more specialties caring for people with diabetic foot disease.

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 in a fishing line!

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 conference ‘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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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. 

Memorable Simplicity

The menu focuses on environmentally sustainable and organic produce, offering a food experience both comforting and memorable. With David Finlayson, the Director of Culinary running the onsite kitchens, the DFA 2019 menu will reflect fresh and sophisticated simplicity.

Unique Experience

Learning is always better if 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. To compliment the learning spaces, the exhibition hub will be filled with colour, interaction and personality. Our aim is for delegates to eat, network and unwind in an inspired space ideal for Instagramable moments. 

Conference Spaces

Designed by internationally renowned Woods Bagot Architects, Howard’s Hall is Brisbane’s new landmark. Featuring uninterrupted views of the city skyline, retractable glass doors, state-of-the-art technology and private riverfront deck, this magnificent space is the central hub for DFA 2019. Housing the massive exhibition hall, main plenary room, conference registration, and all day conference catering, Howard’s Hall will be the place delegates flock to. DFA 2019 has exclusive and private access to Howard's Hall, the Rivershed (a relaxed 20 second stroll away) and Bougainvillea House which is nestled behind it. With an array of restaurants, stunning over-water bar under the bridge and a brand new 5 star Art Series Hotel "The Fantauzzo" just opened onsite, stepping onto Howard Smith Wharves is truly an event within itself.

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Our International Keynote 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. 

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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.


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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.


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Dr. 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.

the all important program

The 2017 conference survey highlighted that content was one of the main drivers for attending the conference. So we've taken on board all feedback to develop an inspired 2019 program with more interaction, more demonstrations and an increased practical focus. Featuring a diverse lineup of international and national keynote speakers, plenary sessions and interactive workshops, we are covering all areas of diabetic foot disease including clinical practice and scientific evidence. Over two days at Howard Smith Wharves, our delegates will enjoy the latest in research and practice, and meet with you, our industry partners offering the latest products and services. With a robust interactive social program from Sunday to Tuesday, we're delivering a conference in relaxed style. 

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Understanding behaviour
and adherence

Join Associate Professor Jaap van Netten (Netherlands), Dr Pam Chen and Associate Professor James Charles as they focus on how we should engage and help patients with diabetic foot disease and what we should be doing to help patients prevent foot ulcers.

Practical wound assessment
and treatment

Join Professor Fran Game (United Kingdom), Professor Stephen Twigg & Professor Rob Fitridge as they discuss new global wound and ischaemia guidelines, biomarkers for foot ulcer management and what we should be putting on foot ulcers now and into the future.  How would you manage that difficult wound? Join Professor Fran Game and Associate Professor Paul Wraight for an interactive workshop with case studies and discussion.

Investigating surgical and
conventional offloading

Join Associate Professor Jaap van Netten (Netherlands), Professor Larry Lavery (USA) and Dr Pete Lazzarini as they discuss the new global offloading guidelines and how should we conservatively and surgically offload foot ulcers. How would you offload that? Join A/Professor Jaap van Netten and A/Professor Karl Heinz Schott for the latest in 3D scanning offloading technology, case studies and discussion.

Predicting and
treating foot infections 

Join Professor Larry Lavery (USA), Dr Sarah Coghill, Dr Rob Commons and Dr Matt Malone as they focus on the new global infection guidelines,antibiotic stewardship, treating and managing diabetic foot infections. How would you manage that infection? Join Professor Larry Lavery and Dr Matt Malone for an interactive workshop focused on infection case studies and discussion.

join us at DFA 2019!

Diabetic Foot Australia is delighted to offer a range of partnership & exhibition opportunities. Our goal is to allow you to participate as an integral part of the conference in a way that reflects your brand positioning. This national event will provide access to an audience of over 400 health professionals and researchers with significant influence over the Australian clinical treatment and research sectors. Our delegates operate in the clinical treatment and research domains across endocrinology, vascular surgery, general practice, orthopaedics, podiatry, nursing, pedorthics, infectious diseases and other specialties dealing with the diabetic foot. Their decisions are critical to the products and services utilised by diabetic foot patients.

Exhibition Partner Opportunities

For DFA 2019. we've expanded our Exhibition Partner Inclusions by increasing the number of complimentary full conference tickets from one to two team members, offering more creative furniture selections to showcase your personality, and you get to pack up and take your custom-branded exhibition stand home with you after the conference to use again and again.



• Your company logo & website link displayed in the Conference Partners section of the conference website
• Official 2019 Conference Exhibition Partner email banner available to use to promote conference partnership


• Exhibition space 2.4m x 2.4m as per Trade Exhibitor specifications

• Two portable and custom printed fabric walls that also fit together to form a corner booth

• $100 Furniture package credit to spend on your exhibition space

• Complimentary conference registrations for two team members

• Company logo and 100-word profile in the DFA 2019 Conference Handbook

• Exhibition visitor passes to allow you to invite potential and valued clients to your stand (outside of delegate breaks)


• Company logo and 100-word profile in the DFA 2019 Conference Proceedings
• Copy of delegate list (name, organisation, state only) in accordance with Privacy Legislation 2001


Back Wall (2.45m x 2.25m) & Side Wall (1.95m x 2.25m) with frame components and carry bag. Includes one-sided full colour printing of your own supplied artwork design and logo. Includes the use of 2 x LED spotlights, power supply during the conference and booth install. Looking for some new artwork? Work with our design partners to take your branding to the next level (additional cost)


Printed Advertising

Capturing undivided attention is challenging, however studies has shown people actively and intentionally engage with the material, including advertisements when reading something printed on 'always classic' paper. Choose to advertise in the official DFA 2019 Handbook and Proceedings which is distributed to every delegate, presenter, and conference partners. All advertising should be provided in CMYK full colour with finished art specifications. Need help with a custom design? Chat to our design team who can help craft your own ad. Advertising spaces are strictly limited with final artwork to be provided by 05JUL19.

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Booking is as easy as...

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Select the partnership options you’d like to secure and either submit the booking form online or download and email.

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The DFA team will then email through your booking confirmation outlining your partnership and invoice.

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Pay the invoice, receive your Partner manual and start working directly with our in-house partnership team.


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