Many Australians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are celebrating after the Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP today announced the award of $35 million to fund the most promising research and researchers dedicated to finding a cure for T1D and its complications. This is the largest ever single commitment to T1D in Australia and JDRF’s young advocates were the central force in securing it.
The young JDRF advocates asked Australian politicians to fully fund an expansion of JDRF’s Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN), as part of the Promise to Remember Me campaign where they met with more than 135 politicians from electorates across the country. The campaign culminated in JDRF’s Kids in the House lunch event held at Parliament House in Canberra in 2012, where that the Coalition (then in opposition) confirmed their election commitment to support the T1DCRN with $35 million to be delivered over 5 years, a promise that has been delivered today.