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
We did it! $2M for type 1 diabetes research
This year, we asked you a question: could you be the 1? Could you be the 1 who… Helps change the lives of more than 125,000 Australians? Makes an investment in a future without T1D, one which pays life-changing dividends? Moves the needle in 2021? And you answered the call. Thank you for coming together as 1 community to bring about […]
JDRF supporter and leading researcher recognised with Order of Australia
Today, we are excited to announce that two important members of the JDRF community have been appointed members of the Order of Australia as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. Helen Maxwell-Wright We’re proud to be celebrating Helen Maxwell-Wright, Chair of our Victorian State Leadership Group and major supporter of type 1 diabetes […]
Aussies urged to dig deep in support of research to reduce mental health strain on those with type 1 diabetes
Australians living with type one diabetes (T1D) are disproportionately affected by a psychological phenomenon called decision fatigue, which hinders their ability to make vital decisions – placing them at greater risk of life-threatening complications such as heart attack and kidney disease.1 People living with T1D must make an extra 180 decisions every day compared to […]
Type 1 Diabetes Prevention: Promising Research Breakthrough Gives New Hope
2021 Update: Teplizumab is now one step closer to approval in the US – an FDA Advisory Committee has reviewed clinical trial data and recommended that the FDA approve teplizumab for people at risk of T1D (defined as those who have changes in blood glucose levels and at least 2 T1D-related antibodies, but have not […]
Costly, chronic and complicated: New report sheds light on challenges of life with type 1 diabetes
First report of its kind in a decade shows the incidence of type one diabetes (T1D) in Australia has grown to more than 125,000 people today, with the economic cost now standing at a staggering $2.9 billion per year. The report also highlights the significant financial impact of complications of the disease, with the presence of just two complications increasing the cost to the economy more than fourfold. There is also a serious mental health impact of living with T1D, with patients five times […]
Meet four of the researchers working to create a world without type 1 diabetes
For the past 100 years, the only effective treatment for type 1 diabetes (T1D) has been insulin. For the more than 125,000 Australians living with T1D insulin is a lifesaving medication that regulates the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. Insulin is something that people who don’t live with T1D produce naturally. Outside of the lifelong regimen of insulin infusions and blood sugar checks, people with T1D are more likely to […]
When it comes to type 1 diabetes, it’s much more than just 1 number
For the more than 125,000 Australians that live with type 1 diabetes (T1D) – insulin is more than a lifechanging treatment. It’s a lifesaving one. A substance made naturally in the body for those who don’t live with diabetes, insulin regulates the amount of sugar in the blood – something that can change depending on […]
Meet JDRF PhD Top-Up Scholarship recipient Dr Barbora Paldus
Each year, JDRF offers a PhD Top-Up Scholarship to provide additional funding for PhD students pursuing type 1 diabetes research. Since its inception, the scholarship has helped more than 20 outstanding students kick-start a career in T1D research. Over the next few weeks, we’re catching up with some former recipients to find out what they’ve […]
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