Bill gifts $50m to fight diabetes
THE quest to find a cure for type 1 diabetes will be given a multimillion-dollar boost if Labor wins the next election.
In his first major announcement for 2019, Labor leader Bill Shorten (pictured) will kick off his election-year campaign today with a pledge of $50 million for the research arm of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The current funding is due to expire in June 2019 – weeks after polling day – prompting Labor to extend and increase its commitment for a further five years to 2024.
More than 122,000 Australians suffer from type 1 diabetes, a lifelong auto-immune disease which is estimated to cost the Australian health system more than $400 million each year.
If elected, Labor will include the extra cash in its first budget with funds to flow to the foundation’s s Clinical Research Network from June to o avoid a funding g gap.
The money y will boost the e number of clinical trials, help translate research into lifesaving technologies l i and support Australia’s leading diabetes researchers in their bid to find a cure.
The network’s head of re- search development, Dr Dorota Pawlak, welcomed the funding pledge telling The Sunday Mail the money would ensure vital research to continue without interruption. “If our funding st stops it means no n new projects can start st and if there are a new leads we won’t be able to do the work,” Dr Pawlak P said. With the funding fu commitment m dependant on Labor Lab winning the election, Dr Pawlak urged the Coalition to continue to support the Clinical Research Network after it’s current commitment expired.