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The mission of the NADC Foot Network is to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by diabetes-related foot disease in people in Australia. One of the first steps in this process was to establish National Standards of care for interdisciplinary High Risk Foot Services (iHRFS), providing standards for these services and the health professionals working within them. Few countries globally have developed national standards for diabetes iHRFS, and it is anticipated that the standards and accreditation process will help to realise and maintain a high level of diabetes iHRFS care throughout our nation, aiding equity of access, and underpinning more consistent across-service outcomes in diabetes foot care.
The NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes High Risk Foot Service Standards and Accreditation program was launched in 2018 and received formal input from key national diabetes footcare organisations, through the NADC Foot Network. The NADC iHRFS accreditation program supports the National Standards and has a multi-pronged approach combining quality improvement, governance, educational and clinical criteria and is the only accreditation of its kind to offer comprehensive, accreditation aimed at the improvement of quality and safety in iHRFS’s.
Currently the NADC supports the accreditation of public/tertiary centres iHRFS. The next phase of the accreditation of development is to review and adapt the standards to commence an accreditation system for community health services including rural and regional services.
The accreditation system ensures that services have a set of standards to be guided by in providing evidence based, patient focused care for people with high risk foot conditions.
The Accreditation has two levels
Both accreditation awards require independent review from multiple expert assessors and identify services that are meeting the highest standards of iHRFS care. NADC iHRFS Centres of Excellence have met an additional set of criteria and deemed national leaders in foot care.
Foot health check takes approx 2 mins