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The Flagship Conference

 Advanced Practicing Podiatrists - High Risk Foot Group

In October 2018, we shall return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for 2 days of learning, enlightenment and inspiration, as well as collegial catchups and new connections. 

Dates: Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October 2018 
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground 
Theme: Taking evidence to wherever you practice 


Dr Kristien Van Acker 

Dr Van Acker is a diabetes consultant and runs many multidisciplinary foot clinics in Belgium. She is an internationally renowned leader, champion and researcher in Diabetic Foot Disease. Dr Van Acker is the current chair of the IWGDF and chair of the Consultative section of the Diabetic Foot of the International Diabetes Federation

This is Dr Van Acker's first trip to Australia in recent times and it will be a great opportunity for all to learn from one of the key global influences of diabetic foot disease

Professor Fran Game  

Consultant Diabetologist, Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Clinical Director R&D, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham, UK.

Fran is already familiar to APP-HRFG members from a previous seminar and is a regular visitor to Australia. The Group is extremely fortunate to engage with and welcome Fran back for this event. She is a strong researcher, impressive physician and experienced presenter. This an amazing opportunity to hear the latest from one of the best in the field of diabetic foot disease. 

Professor Stephen Twigg 

Professor Stephen M. Twigg,  is a physician-scientist, translational researcher, Kellion Professor of Endocrinology and Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes in the Sydney Medical School and Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney; plus Head of Dept of Endocrinology and Medical Head of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Laboratories, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney.

Professor Twigg's research, teaching and mentoring roles are extensive and well regarded. Professor Twigg will share his knowledge and research of Diabetes complications.


The program organising committee is calling for submissions of abstracts of original research in the area of the high risk foot. Presentations should impact on clinical practice in the areas of assessment, diagnosis and management of the high risk foot that can support clinicians to provide best practice care. 

To view abstract submission guidelines, please see LEAP2018 call for abstracts_FINAL.pdf

All submissions are due no later than 5:00pm AEST Monday 4th July 2018

Upcoming events

    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Melbourne Cricket Grounds - Brunton Ave, Richmond VIC 3002

    Plenary sessions will be held in the MCG's Member's dining room.

    Trade displays will be in the Jim Stynes room

    Maps and programs will be available closer to the conference


The organising committee is offering an exciting opportunity for sponsorship of the LEAP 2018 Conference. 

The Sponsor Prospectus is available for download Exhibitor Information and invitation LEAP Australia Conference 2018.pdf

Please do not hesitate to contact us on leap.australia@iinet.net.au 

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