Here at DFA, we develop a range of documentation and infographics focused on the impact of diabetic foot disease in Australia. While we encourage the sharing of DFA materials across the web and social media, please do not upload any DFA materials directly to another website, or alter these items, without DFA permission. By instead directing all downloads to our webpages, we can ensure the latest versions are available at all times.

Daily Foot care Checklist

Foot care is vital for people with diabetes. If you suffer from a loss of sensation in your feet (numbness), the need for vigilance is increased as foot ‘insensitivity’ is associated with an increased risk of developing a foot ulcer.  Fortunately, many foot problems are actually preventable and with the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent foot ulcers and their more serious complications, such as amputation.

DFA guides you through

Each patient with a diabetic foot ulcer deserves optimal evidence-based treatment. Australian and international guidelines are available to direct evidence-based clinical practice in Australia. Diabetic Foot Australia supports for access to this information.

As part of our “DFA Guides You Through” series, we guide you through Australian and International Guidelines. We have summarized the Australian and international guidelines, and discussed the most important differences. Rather than sitting down and having to read both guidelines in full, we've broken this down into six handy parts below.

part One

History and development of the Australian and International Guidelines

part Two

Current Australian & International Guidelines on diabetic foot disease

part Three

Guidelines on the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers

part four

The management of diabetic foot disease

part Five

IWGDF recommendations on peripheral artery disease & infection

part Six

Australian and International Guidelines - where to go from here?

Tackling the National Burden

The “Australian diabetes-related foot disease strategy 2018-2022” is the first step towards ending avoidable generations within a generation. This strategy was written by Diabetic Foot Australia with input from various national and state peak bodies, interdisciplinary foot disease services and individual experts from the Australian DFD community.

It identifies nine key goals and related areas for action and measures of progress that, if implemented, should put Australia firmly on a pathway towards ending avoidable amputations within a generation. Enacting this strategy aims to ensure that all people with DFD have access to and receive safe quality evidence-based care when and where they need it, and that they can be assured that future investments in research and development will continue to strive to improve their care delivery and health outcomes over time.

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

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

Get your Implementation Starter Kit

It’s hard to start with collecting data and guarantee continuing implementation. To kickstart you in this process, we have developed the “Implementation Starter Kit”.

This kit contains:

  • Patient data collection form example (Word)
  • Electronic data entry form with basic data capture functionality (Excel)

Please fill out the form below to get your Kit emailed directly to you.

After clicking ‘submit’ the form will clear and you will receive an email with further information. Check your ‘junk’ folder if you do not receive an email immediately.


08-10 Sep

Howard Smith Wharves


Our goal in 2019 was 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 combined key elements of the 2019 International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot with a down under practical focus. Our workshop sessions incorporated 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 was that you left inspired, with practical information that could be used in your day-to-day practice.