Introducing type 1 diabetes national screening pilot and the role of primary care providers

  7 July 2022  The University of Sydney   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

A new pilot program to screen children for type 1 diabetes is being rolled out in north west Melbourne and we need primary care providers’ invaluable support.

The pilot aims to understand how a national screening program for type 1 diabetes should be offered to all Australian children in the future.

The Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot, funded by JDRF and led by a research team at the University of Sydney, will invite parents of children aged 2, 6 or 10 years old living in north west Melbourne to have their child screened via a simple fingerpick to collect a bloodspot sample, to determine if their child has early-stage type 1 diabetes before symptoms develop.

Introductory webinar

We invite you to register to join an introductory information session for Primary Care Providers via zoom on Wednesday, 3 August 2022 from 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM (AEST).

 Register now.

Every day, three children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Australia but at least 1 will be diagnosed too late, requiring emergency medical care. With a simple test, the Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Program can help find these children as early as possible, avoid the trauma of a missed diagnosis, and support families in every way possible.


  • Dr Gary Deed | MBBS, FACNEM, MRACGP, General Practitioner at Mediwell Medical Clinic
  • Dr Aveni Haynes | BA(Hons), MBBChir, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth

On behalf of Dr Kirstine Bell, APD, CDE, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

Eligible suburbs included in the screening pilot


City of Moreland: Batman, Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick Lower, Brunswick North, Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Coburg, Coburg North, Clifton Hill, Dallas, Fawkner, Fitzroy North, Gladstone Park, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Jacana, Melbourne University, Merlynston, Moonee Vale, Moreland, Moreland West, Oak Park, Parkville, Pascoe Vale, Pascoe Vale South, Sumner, Tullamarine

City of Moonee Valley: Aberfeldie, Airport West, Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Cross Keys, Essendon, Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Essendon West, Flemington, Highpoint City, Keilor East, Keilor Park, Kensington, Maribrynong, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, Niddrie North, Strathmore, Strathmore Heights, Travancore

This study has been approved by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee (2022/ETH00537). If you have any concerns or complaints, you can contact the HREC Executive Officer on (02) 9845 1253 or

Disclaimer: This article was provided by The University of Sydney. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.