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About the Family Centre
Our Story

The Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre was established by Founding Sponsors Telethon, Lotterywest and the Western Australian State Government in response to the mounting need for better support for children with type 1 diabetes and their families. Since opening its doors in 2015, the Family Centre has built a thriving community in Western Australia, supporting people to face the challenges of type 1 diabetes with confidence.

The Family Centre's groundbreaking work won the Outstanding Charity Award at the 2018 Australian Charity Awards, and its team has been recognised both nationally and internationally: the Centre's diabetes educator, Amy Rush, won the 2018 Australian Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year Award and CEO Bec Johnson is the only Australian to have been selected as a Fellow of the global Facebook Community Leadership Program.

In 2018, the Family Centre expanded its services to young adults and adults, responding to the need for lifelong support for a lifelong medical condition. The Centre now serves all people with type 1 diabetes in Western Australia, offering support at every age and stage. It is a hub, providing holistic clinical care alongside warm and friendly social support, a dynamic calendar of community events, mind-expanding information and education services, and true connection with the WA type 1 tribe.

Our services are designed by people with type 1
for people with type 1.
The Family Centre is a place where everyone 'gets it'.
Drop-in, ring up or connect with us online - we'd love to hear from you.
Our Vision

A confident, connected type 1 diabetes community in Western Australia.

Our Mission

We offer unique education programs, supportive connections, inspirational role models, friendly clinical care and action-packed camps and events to help people impacted by type 1 diabetes to live without limits.

Love what we do?
The Family Centre is a non-profit that does not receive any government funding. We rely on community and corporate support to fund our work. When you support us, you make a big impact on the lives of kids, families and adults affected by type 1.
Our Values

We seek to make a real difference in the lives of families and adults impacted by type 1 diabetes in Western Australia.  To do this, we are guided by the following values:


We are dynamic and committed to being effective; we always take positive action to improve the lives of children and adults with type 1 and their families.


We create inclusive and empowering connections with others to build the capacity to bring about change. 


We deeply value our community and each other.  We treat those we are here to serve with compassion and care and respect and value our staff and volunteers.


We have high standards, and always seek solid foundations of evidence to support our work.


We recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling type 1, and advocate for individualised diabetes & emotional health strategies.


We demonstrate the Family Centre’s values in all we do and say.  Our people are sincere, and we operate transparently and consistently.

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