Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP, has congratulated the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on receiving funding from the Australian Government to fund important research into Type 1 juvenile diabetes.

A total of $35 million has been approved for the initiative, with $7 million to be allocated per year over five years. Funding for the initiative is administered by the Australian Research Council and led by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“This funding will allow researchers to undertake high-quality research and continue to make significant process towards finding a cure for Type 1 juvenile diabetes,” Mr Coleman said.

“According to Health Statistics NSW, over 1500 people from the Canterbury, Bankstown, Hurstville and Kogarah local government areas were hospitalised in 2011 due to diabetes”.

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long auto-immune disease that usually occurs in childhood but can be diagnosed at any age. It is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and most newly diagnosed cases are in people less than 15 years of age.

Mr Coleman said that the initiative will build a national capability of research excellence to tackle diabetes at a world class standard in addition to bringing together established researchers with track records in the field.