Emma Hogan was recognised for her tireless advocacy efforts on International Women’s Day, picking up the award for junior woman of the year in her electorate of Lindsay, in Sydney’s Western Suburbs.
The 16-year-old, who despite her age has already been part of JDRF’s advocacy program for eight years, was presented with the award from her local member, Emma Husar MP.
“It was great to be recognised for my work and that our local member was very aware of JDRF, the work being done, and the importance of supporting further research into type one,” Emma said.
The awards were to celebrate International Women’s Day and recognise some wonderful women and young women in the electorate of Lindsay. Emma is known by Emma Husar MP through her past advocacy efforts for type 1 diabetes research, which have included being selected as the Australian delegate at JDRF Children’s Congress in the US in 2015.
“When I was diagnosed, I felt I had a choice. I could get sad and angry about my diagnosis, or I could try and do something positive. I chose doing something positive and found the JDRF advocacy program.”
Emma’s focus on advocacy this year had been around the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) – sourcing more advocates and meeting with political decision makers to remind them of the value of continued research to the type 1 diabetes community.
“We will only make progress with type one through research – but this can only be delivered through continued advocacy – so without advocacy there can be no progress. That’s why it’s so important to keep up the work. When MPs see constituents in their area, particularly younger ones – it helps them put a face to the research they are backing.”
Emma also says that the best results come from advocates working together. Emma took part in the last Kids In The House in 2012 and says this event is a great example of this. JDRF is now working hard to organise Kids In The House 2018, which will involve many of our advocates like Emma, along with their families, travelling to Canberra’s Parliament House in August.
“I think such a large group of us turning up at Parliament House will really show MPs how much this issue means to us, and why they need to continue to fund research into type one.”
Everyone at JDRF would like to congratulate Emma on her award win – a great example of the power of advocacy.
If you’re interested in the work of JDRF’s Advocacy program, you can apply to become an advocate on our website.