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
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JDRF Australia welcomes significant commitment to improving lives of Australian type 1 diabetes (T1D) community
Coalition commitment of $273.1M will make technology access a reality for 130,000 Australians living with T1D. JDRF, Australia’s largest organisation dedicated to T1D research and advocacy, welcomes the significant commitment to T1D technology access announced today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Currently, many people lose access to this technology, which is shown to improve short- […]
Get to know Ellen Brown: How she manages her type 1 diabetes while pursuing her love for sport
20-year-old Ellen Brown was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 10 years old, however, her diagnosis didn’t hold her back from pursuing her passion for sport. Earlier this year, Ellen competed in the ACT Women’s Youth Futsal Team, with her team winning the grand final at the Australian Futsal Association (AFA) National Championships. Ellen has […]
National Diabetes Week 2022: Diabetes stigma and your mental health
Did you know that four out of every five people living with diabetes have experienced stigma? A 2021 study by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes found that more than 80% of people with diabetes “have been judged, blamed, shamed, or treated differently due to their diabetes”. This can, in turn, often lead […]
A new resource for teens living with type 1 diabetes
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new teen wellbeing guide, Testing Times, designed to help teenagers manage their type 1 diabetes (T1D) while staying on top of studying, socialising and the changes that come with transitioning into adulthood. The guide was created with the knowledge and expertise of T1D healthcare clinicians. […]
Ground breaking type 1 diabetes research projects in the U.S.
JDRF is committed to not only supporting cutting-edge type 1 diabetes (T1D) research but also staying on top of the latest T1D research developments across other areas of the world. We were thrilled to attend (virtually) the 2022 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Meeting held in New Orleans last month, to learn about some exciting […]
Talking all things type 1 diabetes with Will Goyder
Will Goyder was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) when he was 8 years old. Throughout his many years living with T1D, he hasn’t let this condition hold him back from doing the things he loves such as playing AFL, swimming competitively, socialising with friends and taking on new challenges. We recently caught up with […]
The Access For All Journey
The campaign for increased access to continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) for the T1D community has been a long and winding road. 6 years ago, there was no government reimbursement for CGMs at all. Thanks to consistent advocacy and campaigning from leading diabetes organisations, the landscape has changed significantly– transforming the lives of many people […]
Meet Ashley Hanger, Founder of Australia’s first diabetes subscription box!
After seeing the challenges of type 1 diabetes in her partner, she found her passion providing support to people living with chronic illness. She founded Stripped Supply, Australia’s first diabetes subscription box, with a vision to give control back to the patient and make diabetes healthcare more accessible. We recently chatted to Ashley on her experiences […]
Annual Giving Day FAQs
Our Annual Giving Day is coming up on 9 June 2022. That’s so soon! But, what does it all mean and how can you get involved? Keep reading as we answer your frequently asked questions. What is JDRF Australia’s Annual Giving Day? Our Annual Giving Day is a chance for the dedicated type 1 diabetes […]
How You Can Help Make Type 1 Diabetes Research a Reality
JDRF has an ambitious vision — a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We are the biggest funder of type 1 diabetes research globally and in Australia. In order to achieve this with such a complex autoimmune disease, we must take a strategic, multi-level and collaborative approach to research. JDRF has embarked on an extensive […]