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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.
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The researchers changing the future of type 1 diabetes
JDRF-funded Professors Jenny Couper, Simon Barry and Toby Coates on their research projects and their hopes for the future of T1D.
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New research funding may allow those with type 1 diabetes to make insulin again
JDRF has just funded a new Australian islet transplantation research project with the potential to revert type 1 diabetes. The benefits of islet transplantation Pancreatic islet transplantation is a life-saving and life-changing treatment currently available for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who are unaware of their dangerously low blood glucose levels (known as ‘severe […]
Regenerating damaged beta cells in type 1 diabetes ꟷ new funding announced.
JDRF has funded a new Australian research project which may allow those with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to regenerate lost pancreatic cells During T1D development, the immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. This leads to the loss and destruction of beta cells, meaning that people with T1D are no longer […]
Changes to the Federal Government’s Insulin Pump Program
The Australian Government’s Insulin Pump Program (IPP), administered by JDRF Australia, provides insulin pumps to young Australians up to the age of 21, living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), who meet certain financial and clinical eligibility requirements. The program supplies fully subsidised insulin pumps to people who would otherwise be unable to access insulin pump […]
Research breakthrough shows that antivirals can delay T1D progression
A new study suggests that giving antivirals shortly after a type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis may preserve the body’s ability to produce insulin. Recent results from a clinical trial published in the prestigious Nature journal have suggested that administering the antivirals pleconaril and ribavirin can preserve beta cell function in children and teenagers recently diagnosed […]
Type 1 diabetes screening pilot rolls out in primary school for the first time
This World Diabetes Day, on Tuesday 14th November, students from kindergarten and year 4 at Inaburra School in Sydney’s south participated in screening to detect type 1 diabetes (T1D). This is part of the JDRF-funded Australian Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot, a research project looking to identify early-stage T1D in childhood. It was the […]
Update: Airport security and type 1 diabetes technology
JDRF Australia has received an update from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regarding the guidelines for type 1 diabetes (T1D) technology and airport security and screening. This follows ongoing issues faced by community members when travelling through airport security with insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). Advice varies for each specific device, but […]
JDRF Australia announces changes to the Board
JDRF Australia, the leading organisation for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, advocacy, and community support, is pleased to announce three additions to its Board of Directors, while at the same time farewelling two long-serving and highly valued current Directors. With a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit, insurance and investment management sectors, the three new […]
Type 1 Strong: two pilots who live with T1D share their stories
Join pilots Captain Ben Sive and Dr Jeremy Robertson for an inspiring conversation about their lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Jeremy was a successful pilot when he was diagnosed with T1D; Ben was in training to become one. With both men grounded, they looked at other career options. Jeremy even became a doctor. But […]
Parenting a child who lives with T1D: what to expect at different ages
This article is adapted from ‘If You’re Okay, They’re Okay’, JDRF’s guide for parents raising children and teenagers living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The book was written by Simone Collins, a senior diabetes social worker, and Elissa Jacobs, a clinical psychologist. Get your free copy here. When it comes to T1D management, what can […]