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Pathway to ending avoidable diabetes-related amputations in Australia

Peter A Lazzarini, Jaap J van Netten, Robert A Fitridge, Ian Griffiths, Ewan M Kinnear, Matthew Malone, Byron M Perrin, Jenny Prentice and Paul R Wraight
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (7): 288-290. || doi: 10.5694/mja17.01198
Published online: 1 October 2018

A new Australian strategy should finally reduce the significant national burden of diabetes-related foot disease

Diabetes-related foot disease (DFD) is “common, complex, and costly”1 and underappreciated in Australia.2 With DFD not even rating a footnote mention in recent national chronic disease strategies,3 it is arguably Australia’s least known major health problem.2 If Australia is to reduce avoidable amputations, major improvements in the way we approach DFD are urgently needed.2,4

  • Peter A Lazzarini1,2
  • Jaap J van Netten1,3
  • Robert A Fitridge4
  • Ian Griffiths5
  • Ewan M Kinnear2
  • Matthew Malone6
  • Byron M Perrin7
  • Jenny Prentice5
  • Paul R Wraight8

  • 1 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2 Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane, QLD
  • 3 Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 4 Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
  • 5 Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre, Brisbane, QLD
  • 6 Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 7 La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Bendigo, VIC
  • 8 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC


Acknowledgements: 

Diabetic Foot Australia is kindly supported by grant funding from the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre.

Competing interests:

We are all authors of the Australian Diabetes-related Foot Disease Strategy 2018–2022, and members of the steering committee of the Diabetic Foot Australia Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre.

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