La­bor pledges $50m for di­a­betes

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LA­BOR has promised to give $50 mil­lion to help find a cure for type 1 di­a­betes if it wins the next fed­eral elec­tion.

The money will al­low the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion’s Clin­i­cal Re­search Net­work to in­crease the num­ber of clin­i­cal tri­als, trans­late re­search into new treat­ments and sup­port the quest for a cure.

“To­day’s an­nounce­ment is all about help­ing kids liv­ing with di­a­betes and find­ing a cure to pro­tect them in the fu­ture,” Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten and La­bor’s health spokes­woman Cather­ine King said in a joint state­ment.

Fund­ing is due to ex­pire in June, but La­bor’s plan ex­tends money to JDRF’s re­search arm un­til 2024. More than 120,000 Aus­tralians have type 1 di­a­betes which can be deadly or prompt com­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing kid­ney fail­ure, nerve dam­age, heart dis­ease, stroke and blind­ness.

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