About the Family Centre
The Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre supports children and their families to face the challenges of type 1 diabetes with confidence. It is proudly supported by Telethon and Lotterywest, and is the first facility of its kind in Australia.
Life is complex for a family with a child with type 1. We're here to help. We offer psychosocial and peer support, information, and education, in a friendly, warm environment designed with families in mind.
Find us next to the Osborne Park Hospital, on a site generously provided by the Western Australian State Government. Our facility has many uses: meeting place, education space, diabetes clinic, chill-out space for adolescents, and a place to play.
Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. It occurs more frequently than cancer, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood. It has no cure.
In Western Australia, around 120 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every year, and the number is increasing.
The stress involved in the day-to-day management of type 1 diabetes can lead to depression, anxiety and distress.
Good diabetes control is associated with better quality of life.