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
World-first Australian clinical trial shows promise for suppressing progression of type 1 diabetes in those newly diagnosed
A JDRF-funded, world-first clinical trial has shown that a commonly prescribed rheumatoid arthritis drug (baricitinib) can preserve the body’s own insulin production and suppress the progression of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in those newly diagnosed with the condition. This comes after three decades of research out of the St Vincent’s Institute (SVI) in Melbourne, led […]
New research funding may allow those with type 1 diabetes to make insulin again
JDRF has just funded a new Australian islet transplantation research project with the potential to revert type 1 diabetes. The benefits of islet transplantation Pancreatic islet transplantation is a life-saving and life-changing treatment currently available for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who are unaware of their dangerously low blood glucose levels (known as ‘severe […]
Regenerating damaged beta cells in type 1 diabetes ꟷ new funding announced.
JDRF has funded a new Australian research project which may allow those with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to regenerate lost pancreatic cells During T1D development, the immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. This leads to the loss and destruction of beta cells, meaning that people with T1D are no longer […]
Changes to the Federal Government’s Insulin Pump Program
The Australian Government’s Insulin Pump Program (IPP), administered by JDRF Australia, provides insulin pumps to young Australians up to the age of 21, living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), who meet certain financial and clinical eligibility requirements. The program supplies fully subsidised insulin pumps to people who would otherwise be unable to access insulin pump […]
Research breakthrough shows that antivirals can delay T1D progression
A new study suggests that giving antivirals shortly after a type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis may preserve the body’s ability to produce insulin. Recent results from a clinical trial published in the prestigious Nature journal have suggested that administering the antivirals pleconaril and ribavirin can preserve beta cell function in children and teenagers recently diagnosed […]
Type 1 diabetes screening pilot rolls out in primary school for the first time
This World Diabetes Day, on Tuesday 14th November, students from kindergarten and year 4 at Inaburra School in Sydney’s south participated in screening to detect type 1 diabetes (T1D). This is part of the JDRF-funded Australian Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot, a research project looking to identify early-stage T1D in childhood. It was the first […]
Update: Airport security and type 1 diabetes technology
JDRF Australia has received an update from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regarding the guidelines for type 1 diabetes (T1D) technology and airport security and screening. This follows ongoing issues faced by community members when travelling through airport security with insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). Advice varies for each specific device, but […]
JDRF Australia announces changes to the Board
JDRF Australia, the leading organisation for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, advocacy, and community support, is pleased to announce three additions to its Board of Directors, while at the same time farewelling two long-serving and highly valued current Directors. With a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit, insurance and investment management sectors, the three new […]
Type 1 Strong: two pilots who live with T1D share their stories
Join pilots Captain Ben Sive and Dr Jeremy Robertson for an inspiring conversation about their lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Jeremy was a successful pilot when he was diagnosed with T1D; Ben was in training to become one. With both men grounded, they looked at other career options. Jeremy even became a doctor. But […]
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