Major funding boost for medical research into type 1 diabetes

One of the most common chronic diseases in children has no cure, but there is more hope in advancing treatment of type 1 diabetes.

The federal government announced this month it would be taking steps to improving research to support more than 120,000 Australian children and adults living with the condition.

It is pouring $54.5 million into the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia will receive $25 million to advance its type 1 diabetes clinical research network.

An additional $4.5 million will be provided to JDRF Australia across three years to further assist with the strategic vision and national leadership of the research network.

An initial investment of $25 million will also be dedicated to broader diabetes research under the $125 million MRFF Targeted Translation Research Accelerator initiative, to help progress early stage health and medical research discoveries and progression to clinical trials. Projects will be funded following an open and competitive grant round. 

The life-long auto-immune disease usually occurs in childhood but can be diagnosed at any age. 

The government is also expanding free access to glucose monitoring devices for pregnant women, children and more adults with type 1 diabetes, saving people up to $7000 a year. 

This investment across the next four years will ensure that free glucose monitoring devices are available to over 37,000 eligible people with type 1 diabetes from March 1, 2019.