JDRF's impact

JDRF is the leading supporter of type 1 diabetes research in the world.


Our vision is for a world without type 1 diabetes.

Our vision was inspired by the parents who started JDRF in the hope of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). In effect, we were founded by the love of parents for their children, and that love and passion remains inspiring to this day.

JDRF is the leading non-profit organisation driving progress for T1D. We are driven by everyone affected by this disease, all of whom deeply want us to deliver on our vision. T1D is a lifelong autoimmune disease that affects over 130,000 Australians. Eight new people are diagnosed every day, through no fault of their own. People living with T1D must take insulin and check their blood sugar levels multiple times every day.

People with T1D also face an increased risk of eye disease, cardiovascular problems, amputation, and kidney failure due to the impact of the disease.

The passion that inspired our vision now extends to the volunteers, the advocates, the donors, the researchers and the healthcare professionals who work with us to help make the world a better place for those who live with T1D on the way to curing it altogether. Be it delivering improved services, advocating for access to technology, or supporting research, we exist to see these groups reach their goals on the road to us reaching ours.

The laser-sharp clarity of our vision, combined with the ongoing inspiration and support of our community and beneficiaries, is why we must – and indeed will – succeed in delivering a world without T1D.

Our focus areas


JDRF is the largest funder of T1D research in the world and in Australia. Through a combination of collaborating, connecting and co-ordinating, we support the delivery of world-class T1D research in Australia.


One of JDRF’s greatest achievements has been fundamentally transforming the way Governments understand and invest in T1D. This has produced nearly half a billion dollars of new investment in T1D in Australia in the last 10 years.


JDRF is, at its heart, a community driven organisation. From diagnosis through to every stage and age, JDRF provides support and guidance at every step along the way through a variety of programs and resources.


Through in-person and virtual events, JDRF brings together the T1D community. Flagship events like the One Walk not only provide families with a way to connect but also give the community an opportunity to contribute to a future without T1D by raising crucial funds.

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