Research organisations

National Research Funding Organisations

In addition to the Diabetes Australia Research Trust, there are several prominent research organisations in Australia. Through the generous support of donations, supporters and/or the government, these organisations provide funding for research into diabetes.

Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, established in 2010, is the first national research centre dedicated to investigating the behavioural, psychological, and social aspects of diabetes. The Centre is the result of a partnership between Diabetes Australia – Victoria and Deakin University. The Centre offers many opportunities for Australians with diabetes to participate actively in research.

Diabetes Research Foundation of Western Australia

The Diabetes Research Foundation of Western Australia (DRFWA) was established in 1976 to research the causes and complications of diabetes and to ultimately find a cure. The DRFWA is a not-for-profit organisation which comprises of an elected Board who believe a cure for diabetes can be found.

Kellion Diabetes Foundation

The untimely death of John Kellion in September 1972 at the age of 38 due to complications of diabetes led to the establishment of the Kellion Diabetes Foundation by his father Claude. For many years this foundation was the only private source of funding in Australia for diabetes research and continues to be a major contributor to the Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART).

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a world leading non-profit, non-governmental contributor to diabetes research. JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of medical research.
Australian research supported by JDRF is focused on three goal areas:  

  • restoring normal blood glucose levels
  • preventing and reversing complications
  • preventing type 1 diabetes. 

  • Diabetes Research Centre

    The Diabetes Research Centre, based in Melbourne, is currently involved in several clinical trials and studies. The centre is often looking for people with diabetes or their family members to become involved in these trials.

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute 

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute is an independent, internationally renowned medical research facility.  Their work extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies with a focus on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

    Barwon Health

    Barwon Health conducts numerous clinical trials across a number of research departments. At times, researchers will call for participants for their clinical trials. For more information about clinical trials at Barwon Health, contact the Trial Unit Manager on (03) 5226 7621. 

    Garvan Institute

    The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is a world leader in biomedical research, pioneering study into some of the most widespread diseases affecting our community today.  Research at Garvan is focused on understanding the role of genes in health and disease as the basis for developing future cures.  For over 45 years, significant breakthroughs have been achieved by Garvan scientists in the understanding and treatment of diabetes. 

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