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Keep up to date with the latest information, news and activity surrounding diabetic foot disease.

1.3 million funding boost for feet

Jul 18, 2019

The Coalition government has announced it will give a $1.3 million funding boost for the development of a ‘Foot Forward’ program. This program aims to help diabetics identify feet problems caused by diabetic foot disease. This promising news is a much needed step in the direction of ending avoidable amputations within a generation. So as…

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Australia comes 5th at the Diabetic Foot Olympics

Jun 13, 2019

Australia tied for equal 5th with Sweden on the final medal count of the ‘Olympics of the Diabetic Foot’ held in the Netherlands last month. What the? Well, let us rephrase that, Australia presented the equal 5th highest number of scientific presentations at the 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF) just last month.…

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The New Global Diabetic Foot Guidelines are here!

Jun 6, 2019

The new IWGDF global diabetic foot disease guidelines were officially launched at the International Symposium of the Diabetic Foot last week in the Netherlands. These guidelines have been the gold standard diabetic foot guidelines for over 20 years, are updated every 4 years, and this time used 10 systematic reviews and 49 global experts to…

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DFA2019 Special Accommodation rate now available!

Apr 30, 2019

DFA 2019 is shaping up to be a spectacular conference with a location, and now a hotel to match! The stunning Art Series ‘Fantauzzo’ hotel has now opened onsite at Howard Smith Wharves and we have a special DFA Conference rate available. Taking inspiration from its namesake, acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, (also husband to…

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Abstracts now open for DFA2019 Conference

Mar 4, 2019

Did you know that our 2017 DFA conference abstract sessions where voted one of the top conference highlights? Researchers with results from original work in the field of diabetic foot disease are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2019 Diabetic Foot Australia Conference. Successful submissions are provided the opportunity to deliver an oral presentation…

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Pathway to ending avoidable diabetes-related amputations in Australia

Oct 1, 2018

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 of Diabetic Foot Australia, saying…

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National Amputee Awareness Week is fast approaching

Aug 27, 2018

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 an awareness board in your…

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Queensland Government invests $17.5 million in extra diabetic foot disease services

Aug 17, 2018

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 Foot Clinics work with patients…

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South West Sydney group announces $2.25 million grant to tackle diabetic foot disease

Aug 6, 2018

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 to receive the honour of…

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Diabetic foot disease is a top 10 cause of global disability

Jul 9, 2018

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 – has already received media attention…

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When is enough - enough! Join Professor Larry Lavery,
Professor Eric Senneville, Dr Sarah Coghill and Dr Matt
Malone across the 2 day conference for an interactive workshop focused on infection case studies and discussion.So how would and should you predict and treat foot infections? Professor Larry Lavery (USA), Professor Eric Senneville (France), Dr Sarah Coghill, Dr Rob Commons and Dr Matt Malone focus on the new global infection guidelines, antibiotic stewardship, treating and managing diabetic foot infections.

2 days left to book before final registrations close. Don't miss out on two jam packed days to learn from,chat with the experts & connect with our national diabetic foot community!

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Not one, not two, not three but FOUR international speakers responsible for writing four chapters in the just released 2019 International (IWGDF) diabetic foot guidelines are headlining at DFA 2019. Don't miss out on this special opportunity to learn from, chat with, and participate in practical workshops with some of the world's leaders in diabetic foot disease. With the new international diabetic foot guidelines just released, we will ask that very important question again! Are you up-to-date with the 28 new diabetic foot guidelines? To learn more about our exceptional line up of international and national speakers - click below!

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With 3 days left to book in for DFA2019 before final registrations close - you might be feeling the 'pressure' to book before you miss out.

We're also focusing on 'the pressure' in our plenary session and interactive workshop. So join Associate Prof 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/Prof Karl Heinz Schott for the latest in 3D scanning offloading technology, case studies and discussion. Did we happen to mention that Prof Larry Lavery is this year’s ISDF very prestigious Karel Bakker award winner for the most outstanding global diabetic foot researcher/clinician of the last 4 years.

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Every four years, the IWGDF publish the international guidelines outlining the most up-to-date global recommendations and future priorities and they are recognised as the gold standard guidelines. They are collectively written by 49 global diabetic foot experts and reviewed by another 50 global diabetic foot experts to make sure. And that’s just the start. They are based on 10 extensive systematic reviews, formulated by six expert working groups, all overseen by one expert editorial board, and all adhering to the gold standard GRADE methodology for guideline development. And studies have objectively shown they are the best diabetic foot guidelines.

At least a third of all recommendations - approximately 28 recommendations (from 87 evidence-based practice recommendations and 44 future research priorities across 8 chapters and 194 pages) – are completely new compared to the last 2015 IWGDF guidelines. Simply, no other diabetic foot guideline on the planet comes close to the quality and breadth of the IWGDF guidelines. So, they should be very important to any Australian clinicians or researchers who are even remotely interested in the diabetic foot.

Which is why we're bringing four of the international experts responsible for writing the guidelines to Brisbane in just over 3 weeks. Where they are not only updating on what current and what's coming, but also running our practical workshop sessions.

So our question to you is...are you across the guidelines? Because if you're not - we have got you covered in two days at the best venue to open in Brisbane in the last decade. We are close to our maximum capacity and registrations close for good in 7 days. So get your skates (or approved footwear on) and join us for a fantastic two days focused on the diabetic foot!

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So how would and should you manage a difficult wound?Join International Wound Guru 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. But wait... there's more... Join Professor Fran Game and Dr Pete Lazzarini across the two days for an interactive workshop with case studies, practical discussion and relaxed Q&A. You've got 7 days to book before you miss out on this opportunity to learn from, chat with and stay up-to-date with the latest ulcer research & practice.

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