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Mark Butler, Minister of Health and Aged Care, celebrating with JDRF advocates after the #AccessForAll CGM announcement in July 2022.

JDRF advocates have a vital role in building relationships between people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) and Australia’s politicians.

Our advocates project the voice of the T1D community into the heart of Parliament House and every electorate in the country. They ensure that investment in medical research is patient-focused, access to the right technology is made possible, treatment is more affordable, and that T1D-focused issues are top of mind for MPs and Senators. By reaching out to today’s decision makers, you can give them a better understanding of life with T1D and earn their support to find a cure.

JDRF advocates influence the shape of policy, help new treatments reach the community and move us closer to a world without T1D.

We are the only ones who can make change happen.

Advocates have been successful in gaining government commitments in the 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2018 elections. For the first time in history, JDRF went into the 2019 election with bipartisan support for our ask of $50 million for the next phase of our Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN).

Our advocacy history... so far!

2004 Australian Islet Transplantation Program funding of $30 million.
2007 Insulin Pump Program (IPP) begins for children under 18, resulting in our current program with over 1200 pumps. 
2010 $5 million from the Federal Government for the T1DCRN.
2011 Increase in age eligibility for the Federal Government’s Carers Allowance, resulting in an additional $43 million in support.
2013 Additional funding for the IPP of $870,000.
2014 The government invests $35 million in the T1DCRN through its Australian Research Council.
2017 $54 million from the Australian Government towards Continuous Glucose Monitoring for young Australians.
2019 Bipartisan commitment achieved for $54.5 million for type 1 diabetes research.
2022 Bipartisan commitment achieved for $273.1 million for continuous and flash glucose monitoring device subsidy for all Australians living with T1D

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