At JDRF we’re leading the fight against type 1 diabetes by funding research to improve lives and cure the disease.
We drive innovation, demand action and stand with everyone facing life with type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Research is the key to destroy T1D
Australians have type 1 diabetes.
Has been invested in Australian research to-date.
Bi-partisan promise in 2019.
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
Improving lives each day until a cure.
While we search for a cure we are working to improve the lives of millions of Australians impacted by T1D. We fast-track new treatments and technology, and advocate for financial support for those who need it most.
We’ve been part of every breakthrough in T1D care in the last 45 years.Our Research
What we've achieved so far...
In Government subsidies.
Fewer needles with our Insulin Pump Program.
Funding for the T1DCRN
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About JDRF Australia?
JDRF is the leading supporter of type 1 diabetes research in the world. Our vision? A world without type 1 diabetes.
As the leading supporter of type 1 diabetes research globally, we’ve been part of every major breakthrough in T1D care in the past 45 years.
How you can get involved
Donate, volunteer, fundraise or advocate! However you choose to get involved, your contribution could help us create a world without 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 […]
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