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Helpful COVID-19 links for multi-disciplinary diabetes and foot health care professionals

Mar 20, 2020

There’s no doubt that the last few weeks have changed how we’ll all go about our daily lives in 2020. And for our Australian diabetes foot community – those living with diabetes-related foot disease and our healthcare professionals and researchers working to support them – questions and new information is released each week as we…

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Join the “diabetic foot PhD rush” in Bendigo Victoria

Dec 2, 2019

The Holsworth Research initiative (HRI) run from the La Trobe Rural Health School, Bendigo, Victoria has just advertised x6 potential full-time PhD scholarships commencing in 2020. One of them is a high-risk foot scholarship and the benefits include a 3.5 year scholarship with a value of $28,092 per annum. Bendigo was established as one of…

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UHEAL Research Group: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Survey

Sep 17, 2019

This survey developed by Co-Investigators, Professor Jonathan Golledge and Dr Malindu Fernando on behalf of the UHEAL research group at James Cook University, Townsville Australia are interested in your feedback regarding hyperbaric oxygen therapy for lower limb wounds. DETAILS: The benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic wounds is controversial. In a recent systematic review…

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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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Got a burning DFD/COVID19 question you'd like to ask? Well...we've got some good news! You can now submit a DFD question to the IWGDF global network of DFD experts.

So check out the webpage below which has not only been updated with new information from the experts on Wound Healing Interventions - but also has 'Ask a Expert' buttons to use to submit a question for review!

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D-Foot International is hosting free webinars in the 'DFoot Lockdown Academy'. With lectures from experts around the world focusing on different topics related to diabetic foot: infection, vascular disease, Charcot foot, local wound care, etc of up to 20 minutes - click on the link below to learn more & to register!

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We are all aware that we can help our nation(s) during this Corona-crisis by keeping our DFD patients free from hospital so there are more hospital beds for COVID patients. But, how can we provide the quality DFD care to do this with dwindling physical resources you ask?

This is the most common question we get here at DFA. But this and many more questions are not just being asked here in Australia, but in pretty much every country on earth right now!

So, we’ve teamed up with IWGDF and DFoot International to launch the IWGDF COVID and DFD webpage.

The purpose of the page is to try and give you practical answers from global DFD experts to help you do the best you can for your DFD patients during this crisis, plus, allow you to ask your questions too.

And the first answers from their global DFD experts – the same experts that wrote the IWGDF guidelines - on how we can practically provide good quality DFD care and more in these trying times are up now.

We all hope this webpage helps you act locally, so together we can help achieve our global goal of keeping as many of our patients free from hospital. Stay tuned for more on this page. . And also check out the DFA COVID19 page for more information & resources as well.

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What’s going on??? Wasn’t it yesterday we were all at NYE parties enjoying a glass or two saying how amazing 2020 was going to be?! Yet suddenly, our 2020 focus has dramatically shifted to “flattening the curve” and finding beds, beds and more beds to manage the CORONA crisis for all of us.

But, where does DFD fit in this CORONA crisis? Simply, the state-of-play seems to be:
1. Health systems need more hospital beds for CORONA patients
2. A leading cause of occupying hospital beds is DFD patients
3. Practicing evidence-based care keeps more DFD patients free from hospital beds

So, its simple right? We do our jobs, we keep our DFD patients out of hospital, more beds for CORONA! Well, sort of, but with a catch! We need to do our jobs well, in a crisis, with less physical resources! But how on earth do we do that?

The good news is we’re all focused on finding out and fast! That’s right all of us, not just a podiatrist in Perth, a vascular surgeon in Venice or an endocrinologist in Edinburgh, but the entire global DFD community is right now focusing on that question! The bad news is no one exactly knows how yet!

So, with that in mind, we at DFA are teaming up with IWGDF and others to ask the world’s best DFD experts: what they think? what they are doing? And what other global DFD answers maybe aFoot that could help bring you a step closer to addressing your local DFD service challenges in this CORONA crisis.

And yes, like everyone we are putting all this on a central website(s). And yes, like everything this virtual solution won’t be perfect, may be clunky and mightn’t answer all your questions. But, as global DFD guru Professor David G Armstrong once said “foot teams are like pizza, even when they aren’t good they are still kind of OK”. And in this time of crisis we think we’d all take a little pizza and it will be kind of OK every day of the week.

So let’s be a virtual global foot team, and help each other to do the best we can, with what we have, because there has never been a year where we can truly make a bigger global difference than 2020!

And with that, take a sneak peek at what we have aFoot on our webpage which already contains some potential answers which might help solve your local DFD challenge in this global CORONA crisis.

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