Guiding Australia's efforts towards reducing the burden of diabetes-related foot disease in Australia.

Diabetes Feet Australia is working hard to provide diabetes-related foot disease researchers with infrastructure and support to accelerate high quality collaborative clinical research in Australia. By establishing the Australia Diabetes-Related Foot Disease Strategy 2018-2022, and the 2018 Footwear Guidelines for people with diabetes, we're guiding Australia’s efforts toward reducing the burden of diabetes-related foot disease in Australia. 


Building a National Research Agenda

DFA in partnership with La Trobe University are building the "Australian Research Agenda for diabetes-related foot health and disease".  Using a 3 round Delphi model survey, we are finding out the national top ten questions about diabetes-related foot health & disease that should be answered by research. 

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Establishing a clinical trials network

An “Australian Diabetes-Related Foot Disease Clinical Trials Network” (CTN) needs to be established, to attract Australian and international investigator-initiated and industry-initiated research projects and funding. It's objectives and activities will be based on the "Australian Research Agenda for Diabetes-Related Foot Disease” priorities. 

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Lobbying for investments in research

To invest in a national collaborative research work force and studies to address the knowledge, clinical trials and implementation research urgently needed to achieve the aim of end avoidable amputations in a generation.

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The Australian Diabetic Foot Minimum Dataset

The purpose of the minimum dataset is to provide services across Australia with a well-defined core set of nationally-recognised evidence-based diabetic foot ulcer data items. These data items are considered necessary to collect for services to meaningfully capture, analyse and benchmark their local processes and outcomes against (inter)national standards.

By using the minimum dataset, services throughout Australia will develop the same language. This will provide each participating service with an instrument to improve the care for its patients, while at the same time providing a foundation for nationwide improvements.

The Australian Diabetic Foot Minimum Dataset Dictionary has been endorsed by Wounds Australia.

Minimum Dataset Dictionary

Enabling services collecting diabetic foot data to speak the same language

The purpose of the minimum dataset dictionary is to provide services with a reference guide of standardised terminology. Our goal is to guide best practice minimum data collection so that it is consistent as possible across all jurisdictions.

The Australian Diabetes-related Foot Ulcer Minimum Dataset Dictionary is now available reference purposes, to enable efficient and effective reporting, analysis and interpretation of Australian diabetes-related foot disease data. It is hoped this document will also provide a foundation for the Australian diabetes-related foot community to begin considering collecting standard nationally pooled data to enable any future Australian diabetes-related foot disease database.

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Interested in the latest research for diabetes-related foot disease?

New research on diabetes-related foot disease is published on an almost daily basis. Keeping track of what's out there and finding the time to read seems a near impossible job at times. We aim to provide diabetic foot researchers with the infrastructure to accelerate high quality research, and to support health professionals to improve clinical outcomes.

We release latest news and research with the aim to provide practical clinical summaries of the latest evidence on how to assess and manage particular conditions according to the world’s leading authorities. So connect to our Facebook page, subscribe to our email list, or check out our some of our latest research summaries below.

The globe’s diabetic foot print is big and getting bigger
Ever wondered how big the global diabetic foot disease burden really is? Or how many people have diabetic foot complications? Or even if the diabetic foot print is getting bigger in a certain nation? Well wonder no more! A new Australian-led study has published the first estimates of the global, regional and national numbers for…
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Calf stretching alone does not reduce plantar pressures
A very nice new Australian study has reported that calf muscle stretching alone in people with diabetes does not increase their ankle range of motion nor reduce their forefoot plantar pressures. This RCT – led by Dr Angela Searle and Prof Viv Chuter from the University of Newcastle – randomised 68 people with diabetes and…
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Optimal blood test values for diagnosing osteomyelitis
A new study published by one of our much loved DFA 2019 International Speakers – global diabetic foot infection guru and foot cake surgeon extraordinaire, Professor Larry Lavery – has just reported the optimal blood test values for diagnosing diabetic foot osteomyelitis. The study by Prof Lavery’s group in the US was by far the…
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The Australian diabetes-related foot disease repository

We have established the Australian Research Repository to showcase published Australian research on diabetes-related foot disease.  All repository entries available focus on diabetes-related foot disease, are peer reviewed and one author has an Australian affiliation.