Moylan welcomes $35 Million for a Diabetes Clinical Trial Network
Posted on Thursday, 8 July 2010
The Hon Judi Moylan MP has welcomed a Coalition Government’s commitment to provide $35 million to fund the establishment of a Clinical Trial Network (CTN) for Type 1 diabetes in Australia.
As chair of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group, Mrs Moylan has worked closely with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in supporting its proposal for funding to establish the CTN, with JDRF contributing an additional $10m with the support of donors.
Mrs Moylan said a Coalition Government’s support for a Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial Network would bring Australia into line with the United States, Britain and Canada – all of which have established these networks.
“Information provided to the PDSG executive indicates the CTN will provide faster access to new therapies and technologies for Australian children and adults with type 1 diabetes and will turn Australian research breakthroughs into improved clinical outcomes, and provide opportunities for people with type 1 diabetes to participate in many international clinical trials,” Mrs Moylan said.
An estimated 140,000 Australians have Type 1 diabetes, 20,000 are children. More than 800,000 people suffer from both forms of diabetes.
Diabetes researchers believe an Australian Clinical Trial Network will result in improved health and reduced complications for those with Type 1 diabetes, deliver a significant return in costs savings to the health system as a whole and, most importantly, bring them that much closer to finding a cure.
Australians suffering other auto-immune diseases and around four per cent of Australians with Type 2 diabetes who suffer the same life threatening complications as those with Type 1 diabetes could benefit from the Clinical Trial Network.
The Coalition led the way in providing funding for diabetes research, delivering $30 million to the JDRF in 2006 to establish the Islet Transplantation Programme. Mrs Moylan welcomed the announcement by the Leader of the Coalition, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and the Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, that further support would be forthcoming from a Coalition Government.
“Mr Dutton has twice attended the Long Table Lunch for Diabetes, which I have hosted in Pearce since 2009, and this announcement exemplifies his and the Coalition’s commitment to diabetes research and to finding a cure.”