$50m boost on di­a­betes

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

THE quest to find a cure for type 1 di­a­betes will be given a mul­ti­mil­lion-dollar boost if La­bor wins the next elec­tion.

La­bor Leader Bill Shorten 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 — weeks after polling day — prompt­ing La­bor to ex­tend and in­crease its com­mit­ment for a fur­ther five years to 2024.

More than 122,000 Aus­tralians have type 1 di­a­betes, a life­long auto-im­mune dis­ease which is es­ti­mated to cost the Aus­tralian health sys­tem more than $400 mil­lion each year.

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