World diabetic foot doctors to lead workshop

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World diabetic foot doctors to lead workshop

Media note: A photo opportunity will be available of the surgeon’s diabetic foot workshop in the Ellery Room, Alice Springs Convention Centre on Wednesday 29 July at 10.00 am.

Every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person loses a leg because of the effects of diabetes, according to Alice Springs Hospital’s Dr Jacob Ollapallil who is helping to host more than 100 surgeons who will converge on the Central Australian town for a two-day conference on ‘Infections in Surgical Practice’.

Many of the attendees will undertake a special workshop on the management of high risk diabetic foot problems with one of the conference’s keynote speakers, American paediatric specialist and international authority on diabetic foot management, Professor David G. Armstrong.

“The official rate of Type 2 diabetes in Central Australia presently stands at 11.8 per cent and could even be higher,” said Dr Ollapallil.

“The rising rate of Type 2 diabetes has increased the incidence of patients with diabetic foot problems, which are becoming more common throughout the world and result in major economic consequence for the patients, their families and society. The condition is responsible for up to 50 per cent of diabetes related hospital admissions.”

Dr Ollapallil added that around one in ten diabetics will develop a foot ulcer after being diagnosed with the disease, with consequent infection and gangrene of the foot being relatively common because of the slow rate at which the wound heals.

“We are fortunate to have Professor David Armstrong (University of Arizona, USA) and Professor Rob Fitridge (QEH Adelaide) to lead the diabetic foot workshop,” Dr Ollapallil said.

The workshop and convention are being held in the Alice Springs Convention Centre from Wednesday 29 July to Friday 31 July.

Media contact: Cameron Jackson 0401 114 113

Release date: Wednesday 29 July 2009

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