JDRF is dedicated to creating a world without type 1 diabetes - through funding research that focuses on improving lives and curing the condition
We are driving progress, demanding action and standing up for the 125,000+ Australians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D)Learn more
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JDRF's Focus Areas
JDRF has been part of every advancement in type 1 diabetes (T1D) care in the last 50 years. As the world’s largest funder of T1D research, we collaborate, connect and co-ordinate the world’s greatest minds to deliver tangible improvements for the T1D community.
Through our tireless representation of the challenges facing the T1D community we have, in partnership with our advocates, delivered real change. We have changed how Governments view type 1 diabetes and delivered nearly $500m in new investment in T1D in 10 years.
A community driven organisation founded to support Australians living with type 1 diabetes, the T1D community is our focus. From first diagnosis through to living with T1D as an adult, our resources, staff, and community are with you each step of the way.
Changing the world is challenging and expensive. People from a range of backgrounds have provided JDRF significant support, whether it is leaving a bequest or participating in events like the One Walk. These funds have been crucial for supporting research.
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a lifelong autoimmune disease that destroys the body’s ability to process sugar by attacking the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Insulin helps convert sugar into the fuel that our bodies need. Without insulin, sugar builds up in the bloodstream in life-threatening amounts. Since people with T1D cannot produce insulin naturally, they must take it either through multiple daily injections or from an insulin pump.More about T1D
JDRF's latest news
JDRF Australia Travel Grants Applications
Applications now open for Round 1, 2023 JDRF Australia is inviting applications for the first round of 2023 Career Support and Travel Grants for domestic and international travel.If you’re an early-mid career researcher or allied health professional travelling between 01 November 2022 and 30 April 2023 you may be eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive support […]
Plant-based, gluten-free burgers that are T1D friendly, too
Try a T1D-friendly spicy black bean burger recipe, created by clinical nutritionist @naturally_nina_, who also lives with diabetes. These yummy morsels are plant-based, gluten free and are great for burger night, on sandwiches and wraps or even just by themselves. There’s also many ways you can adapt this recipe to fit in with your needs. If […]
Navigating the high school years and type 1 diabetes
When children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) become teens, parents have to balance the fast pace of high school with new social activities and more independence. It’s certainly not easy, but it can be done! Read an extract from JDRF’s Teen Toolkit, a guide for parents of teens living with T1D, for useful strategies for […]
10 tips to help support your teen living with T1D
Dr Adriana Ventura is a nationally registered psychologist who worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) for six years. You can read part one of her advice for raising a teen living with type 1 diabetes here. Read on for 10 tips to help support you child […]
The FAME 1 Trial: Protecting against eye damage in adults living with type 1 diabetes
Eye damage in people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) People living with T1D are 25 times more likely to develop vision loss than those living without the condition. The strict control of blood glucose levels necessary for the prevention of diabetic eye disease (retinopathy) is often difficult to achieve. Further, even if blood glucose […]
The IMPACT trial: Stopping the immune system from attacking insulin-producing cells
One key area of research for slowing and preventing the onset of type 1 diabetes (T1D) is understanding how to stop the immune system from attacking and destroying the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. What is the IMPACT Trial? A new JDRF-funded study, known as the IMPACT trial, is testing if a new […]
Parenting a teen who lives with T1D: Tips for preserving your relationship
Raising a teenager (or tween) who lives with type 1 diabetes? You probably have questions about how you can preserve – and even strengthen – your relationship with your child while balancing their health concerns and T1D management. After all, the pressure of normal teen development is hard enough, before adding in the self-awareness, restraint […]
Coping with a type 1 diabetes diagnosis as an adult
This article is from Straight to the Point, a guide written for adults with type 1 diabetes. Download your free copy here. When you were told you had type 1 diabetes (T1D) you probably felt as if your world had been turned upside down. You may have felt like screaming or just curling up in […]