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
Review of NDSS subsidised products: community submissions open
Review of NDSS subsidised products: community submissions open The Department of Health and Aged Care (The Department) has today announced it is planning to refresh the range of products subsidised under the National Diabetes services Scheme (NDSS), to ensure the products offered continue to meet the needs of people with diabetes. This process could lead […]
Talking about type 1 diabetes with friends: tips for teens
The teen years can be awkward, with many young people just wanting to blend in with the crowd. Exploring new interests, fashion, relationships and freedom can be lots of fun – but what happens when type 1 diabetes (T1D) also has a place in this lifestyle? One of the most powerful and positive things your […]
How your gift can help make history: Research that’s changing the future of type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a condition which currently affects over 130,000 Australians, with a further 8 people diagnosed each day. JDRF has a vision of turning these numbers to zero and creating a world where T1D does not exist. How? By supporting the most promising research focused on finding cures and improving lives until […]
JDRF advocate Shanna McGrath receives Mark Butler Local Legend Award
Each year during National Volunteers Week, the Minister for Health, Hon Mark Butler, announces the winners of the Mark Butler MP Volunteer Awards. These awards recognise the local volunteers in his electorate, Hindmarsh, who are dedicated to improving the needs of the community organisations they represent. JDRF advocate, Shanna McGrath, was diagnosed with T1D when […]
Our 2023 Volunteer of the Year winners
It’s National Volunteer Week and this year’s theme is ‘change makers’. At JDRF, we know that no change for type 1 diabetes (T1D) has happened without the dedication of volunteers across the community. We are an organisation who was founded by volunteers and is still powered by them, including (but not limited to!) our amazing […]
Dr Ki Wook Kim awarded JDRF Career Development Award to improve type 1 diabetes risk prediction
Dr Ki Wook Kim, a prominent Australian researcher and emerging leader in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research based at the UNSW Sydney, has been awarded a JDRF Career Development Award (CDA) with US $1M funding committed over the next five years. Dr Kim is one of only 13 Australians to ever receive the JDRF Career […]
Insulin Pump Program extended to 21 years of age
The Federal Government’s Insulin Pump Program (IPP), administered by JDRF, operates to ensure children and young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who do not have the means to access a pump, have a pathway to be able to use the life-changing management technology. The IPP was established in 2008 and initially provided insulin pumps […]
Drug Verapamil shown to slow T1D progression in newly diagnosed
A new study has shown drug Verapamil, regularly used to treat blood pressure, can slow type 1 diabetes progression in newly diagnosed children and teens. As researchers work to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D), the ultimate goal is to prevent the destruction of beta cells that produce insulin. A new JDRF-funded clinical trial reveals a […]
$12M invested to progress landmark ENDIA study
MEDIA RELEASE Australia leading type 1 diabetes research with $12M invested to progress landmark study The funding will support the extension of ENDIA, a world-first study seeking to understand the role of environmental triggers from as early as pregnancy for the onset of type 1 diabetes (T1D). 4 April 2023: JDRF Australia and funding partner […]
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