The Diabetic Foot Unit offers specialised inter-disciplinary care for people with active wound complications as a result of advanced diabetes within an acute setting.

The team work with people who have a diabetes-related foot problems such as:

  • Foot ulceration
  • Charcot foot
  • Cellulitis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Acute lower limb ischaemia

The DFU implements evidence-based assessment and management of patients with diabetes-related foot problems, aiming to reduce amputation rates, reduce length of stay, and ensure cost effective and appropriate use of hospital investigations and resources for this patient group.

The DFU comprises acute and community based services with integrated staffing. The team is led by an Endocrinologist and Podiatrist, and is supported by staff from Endocrinology, Podiatry, Vascular Surgery, Rehabilitation, Radiology, Clinical Psychology, Orthotics, Diabetes Education, Nutrition and Nursing staff.

The DFU is a Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) Partnerships in Health (PIH) service representing a partnership between Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), Merri Community Health Service (MCHS), cohealth, Bolton Clarke and the Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local (INWMML).

The Diabetes Foot Program (DFP) is the community based service located at Merri Community Health Service and cohealth and supported by the wound clinical nurse consultant from the Royal District Nursing Service.

The key objectives of the HARP PIH program are to improve patient outcomes, provide integrated seamless care within and across hospital and community sectors; to reduce avoidable hospital admissions and Emergency Department (ED) presentations and to ensure equitable access to health care.

Clinics

Diabetic Foot City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre THU

Referrals

To refer a patient, complete and fax your referral to Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2217.

The Direct Access Unit welcomes phone enquiries. To discuss referrals (potential or existing) please contact (03) 8387 2333.

You can use the following forms or a template from your own system.

Referrals should include:

  • patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers

  • the reason for referral

  • relevant clinical history for the patient
  • list of current medications
  • any risks to clients or staff
  • the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)

  • your provider number (if applicable) and contact detail

Once a referral has been received, a HARP Clinician will phone the patient to discuss their needs and organise appropriate services. The HARP Clinician will provide the patient with their phone number and patients are encouraged to contact them if they have any concerns.