Personal details

Adjunct Associate Professor Jaap Van Netten
Adjunct Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
Office of the Executive Dean, Health
Discipline *
Clinical Sciences
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Professional memberships
and associations
  • International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot
  • Secretary of the Editorial Board
  • Member and secretary of the Prevention Working Group
  • Member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Human Movement Scientists
  • Member of the Dutch Association for the Study of Diabetes
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr. Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on foot problems, most notably in people with diabetes. Two years after his graduation, he obtained his PhD in the field of rehabilitation medicine (University Medical Center Groningen, NL), studying people’s use of custom-made orthopaedic shoes. He continued working as postdoc researcher in ZGT ([Hospital Group Twente], Almelo and Hengelo, NL), joining the diabetic foot team. He grew there to a senior researcher position, supervising projects in the three research lines of the diabetic foot team. Next to this, he was head of the Scientific Bureau of ZGT.

Early 2016, Van Netten moved to Australia, to continue building a strong link between research and clinical practice, but on the other side of the world. He is appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and Scientific Director of Diabetic Foot Australia.

Van Netten is also the secretary of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot Editorial Board and its Prevention Working Group. In these roles he is co-authoring the evidence-based international consensus guidance on the prevention and management of foot problems in diabetes. The latest version of this guidance has been launched in May 2015 during the International Diabetic Foot Symposium in The Hague; the road to the next update in 2019 has already started.

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Jaap Van Netten.


In the Netherlands, I have supervised over 50 (PhD)students in research projects of at least ten weeks. These students came from a variety of programs, such as human movement sciences, medicine, and podiatry. Further, I have been teaching in six different courses, relating to evidence-based medicine, communication in clinical practice, and footwear development in relation to patient adherence.

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Jaap Van Netten.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.