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JDRF advocates from all over the country have been ramping up their activity, in what promises to be a busy year ahead. Advocates have been meeting with their local MPs and Senators, thanking them for their support but also reminding them of the vital importance of their continued support for type 1 diabetes research.

One such burst recently took place in Victoria and JDRF advocacy relationship manager Mel Eveille was on hand to support the talented advocates in delivering their message to parliamentarians.

“While it’s always satisfying to support advocates as they articulate our message on research to our policy makers, what was just as satisfying was seeing it resonate with MPs”, Mel said.

The JDRF ’tour‘ started in Geelong, with the local JDRF One Walk. In attendance was local member The Hon Richard Marles MP. Mr Marles met local advocate, Isaac (8), and said he was “in awe” of advocates like Isaac living with type 1 diabetes.

Richard Marles MP and Isaac

From here, Mel moved on to Warrnambool to meet with local long-term advocate Charlotte (16), and member for Wannon, The Hon Dan Tehan MP. Hearing Mr Tehan share his support for the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) was a highlight for our passionate advocate Charlotte.

The final leg of the tour took place in Horsham, where local Mallee advocates Blair (15) and Alexa (11) had the opportunity to thank their local member, Andrew Broad MP, for his support for CGM access, but also The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health. This was a great opportunity for our advocates to remind the Minister first hand of the value of continuing Government funding to support the T1DCRN. The Minister of Health said how thrilled he was to meet JDRF advocates and commended Blair and Alexa for changing national policy. Minister Hunt said, “JDRF is fantastic!”

Mallee Kids Blair and Alexa with Minister Greg Hunt and Andrew Broad MP

While it was fantastic to get into regional Australia to join our passionate supporters in advocating for continued funding for the CRN, these were just some of the fifteen advocacy meetings from the last two weeks. To help support these meetings, JDRF has developed an advocacy toolkit and will be continually sharing updates of the meetings across our blog and our social channels.

Our major focus for our advocacy campaign this year is reminding the government of the importance and value of continued support for the T1DCRN. We know research holds the key to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, and we believe the T1DCRN is the best way to make that happen, but it will only happen with support from Government.

If you would like to get involved and meet your local member to tell them why funding for research into type 1 diabetes is so important, contact us via email on advocacy@jdrf.org.au

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