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Spotlight on advocate Lauryn Hope-Blyth
JDRF Australia is highlighting the stories of just some of the spectacular people in the T1D community and the unique experiences they’ve had while living with diabetes. This year, the focus is on highlighting the mental and emotional impact of T1D. “How did I get ‘D’ nobody knows why. It makes me so sad and […]
National Diabetes Week: Spotlight on Peer Support Mentor Sally Wooden
This National Diabetes Week (12-18 July 2020), JDRF Australia is highlighting the stories of just some of the spectacular people in the T1D community and the unique experiences they’ve had while living with diabetes. This year, the focus is on highlighting the mental and emotional health impact of T1D. Sally Wooden’s story explores the value of […]
T1D Research Roundup: 5 Biggest Research Advances From This Year’s ADA Meeting
This year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions went virtual – over six days, researchers presented some of the biggest T1D research advances, with the sessions taking place entirely online. JDRF was the key funder and supporter of many of the top advances shared. Here’s our roundup of the most exciting breakthroughs to come […]
Living with T1D for almost 40 years: a conversation with Officeworks CFO Michael Howard
Michael Howard is the Chief Financial Officer at Officeworks – Australia’s largest supplier of office and stationery products. A lesser known fact about him is that Michael has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for almost 40 years since his diagnosis close to his 11th birthday. We recently caught up with him in this candid […]
Talking T1D Research with Dr Sybil McAuley
Dr Sybil McAuley is an Endocrinologist and Senior Research Fellow at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne. She received her first JDRF award in 2013 for her doctoral research into new technology for blood glucose management. In 2018, she was invited to be part of JDRF and the Macquarie Group Foundation’s Future […]
A Researcher’s Life in Lockdown: Q&A with Dr Kirstine Bell
Dr Kirstine Bell is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, dietitian and researcher who runs a type 1 diabetes research program at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. Earlier this year, Kirstie was selected to lead Australia’s first general population screening program for type 1 diabetes. We caught up with Kirstie to hear about […]
How Telehealth is Changing Type 1 Diabetes Care
The type 1 community has always embraced new technology – with insulin pumps, CGM, and a whole range of T1D-focused apps rapidly becoming essential tools for many people. It’s no surprise, then, that the T1D community has quickly adapted to new digital ways of accessing healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic – what clinicians call telehealth. […]
Meet Melanie Cullen: a personal touch to a professional challenge
Melanie Cullen’s son Will was two years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Will is now 18 years old and Melanie has learnt a lot about her son, his diagnosis and what it means for everyday life. “My experience (of T1D) was like being hit by a tidal wave of information […]
Taking the Type 1 Challenge Across the Ocean
Jared from Kansas, USA was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 1994. Following an unquenchable thirst, three days of bed wetting and a diminished appetite, his mum took him to the doctor. The diagnosis of T1D brought one question to Jared’s mind: “Am I going to die?”. Such was the weight the words carried. “A week in the hospital and our lives were changed forever. I recall they wouldn’t let us go home […]
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