Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that cannot be prevented and does not have a cure. Diagnosis with type 1 diabetes starts an intense journey of challenges and uncertainty for patients and their families. People with type 1 are dependent on a complex daily regimen of insulin injections, blood glucose monitoring and strict management of food intake and physical activity. Every person with type 1 diabetes needs targeted support to thrive.
Launched in 2015 with start-up funding from Telethon and Lotterywest and a donation of land from the WA State Government, the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre’s award-winning model of care goes beyond the traditional medical model and gets results. Our most recent clinical audit revealed that 71% of our clinic patients with reported HbA1c tests meet long-term glucose management targets, in comparison with the national average of only 15%, significantly reducing their risk of serious and costly long-term health complications.
The Family Centre provides a whole-of-life service combining clinical care with information and inspiration, peer and psychosocial support, and awareness and advocacy, helping our rapidly growing network of over 1700 Western Australian families to face the daily challenges of the disease with confidence. Our service and people have won national and international awards: our CEO Bec Johnson recently won the 2020 Business News 40 under 40 Non-Profit category and the 40 under 40 People’s Choice Award, along with the only Fellowship to the global Facebook Community Leadership Program awarded to an Australian in 2018, our diabetes educator Amy Rush won the Australian Diabetes Educator of the Year Award in 2019, and our service was awarded the Outstanding Charity of the Year Award in 2018 and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards in 2019.
The Family Centre is a WA non-profit that receives no government funding. We rely on the generosity of individuals and corporates to care for and support the hundreds of people with type 1 that depend on us already, and for newly diagnosed children and adults who are struggling with a life-altering diagnosis.
Supporting the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre to scale up its operations means fewer hospitalisations, reduced load on the public health system, and fewer long-term health complications for people with type 1, ensuring better quality of life for our people, and considerable cost savings for our government.