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High Risk Foot Community of Practice

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE?

Generally speaking, Community of Practices are groups of people who share interest and expertise about a topic and network on an ongoing basis to further their learning.

WHY HAVE A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE FOR HIGH RISK FOOT SERVICES?

We are all dealing with the demands and challenges placed on clinicians involved with caring for patients with diabetic foot conditions. The potential benefits of joining the High Risk Foot Community of Practice include:

  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with peers to build a community to share existing practice.
  • Capture and diffuse existing knowledge to help people improve their practice by providing a forum to identify solutions to common problems and a process to collect and evaluate practices.
  • Strengthen collaborative processes between metropolitan and rural services.
  • Generate new knowledge to help people transform their practice to accommodate changes in needs and technologies.

FACTS

  • The management of diabetes-related foot complications and amputation rates across LHD in NSW is inconsistent and variable.
  • In 2009, across Local Health Districts (LHDs) rates of amputation ranged from 5 to 31 per 100,000 population.
  • In 2011-12, the majority of inpatient activity for diabetic foot procedures occurred in four LHDs.
  • The average cost of diabetic foot ulcers costs over $15,000 for the first year and more than $4,000 for each subsequent year.