The Diabetes and feet toolkit is funded through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and developed in collaboration with Diabetes Feet Australia and the Australian Diabetes Society. Here’s some more information on it and why it should become a valuable resource for podiatrists. 


Who is this aimed at?

The new guidelines and this toolkit are designed for health professionals and disciplines caring for people with diabetes-related foot disease in secondary and tertiary health care settings in Australia.

How did this come about?

The Diabetes and feet toolkit was funded by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), an initiative of the Australian Government and administered by Diabetes Australia, in partnership with Diabetes Feet Australia and the Australian Diabetes Society.

What does it cover?

The toolkit should assist health professionals to decide on the recommended evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, management and follow-up care needed for people living with diabetes-related foot disease and covers the following six guidelines:

  • Prevention
  • Wound classification
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Infection
  • Offloading and;
  • Wound healing interventions.

And includes:

  • An overview of each guideline
  • Recommendations for each guideline
  • Implementation and monitoring considerations
  • Considerations for the Australian context and;
  • Practical pathways for each guideline to help optimise the implementation of the recommendations.

Where can I access additional clinical information?

When using the Diabetes and feet toolkit, if more detailed information on a clinical question or a recommendation is required, we suggest you then refer to the full 2021 Australian evidence-based guidelines for diabetes-related foot disease. You can do this by quickly browsing the contents of each guideline, identifying the question you are most interested in and then read the recommendations made, the reasons why those recommendations were made and considerations on how to implement the recommendation in practice. 


Next month: Look out for our feature on the story behind this toolkit’s creation and goals.