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Early Christmas for volunteer groups
Forty-two lucky volunteer organisations in Page have received an early Christmas present with the announcement of the Australian Government Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG).
By last week, my office had contacted all 42 volunteer organisations with the good news.
Volunteer Small Equipment Grants funding provides much-needed basic support for our local volunteers who give so much of themselves to help their communities.
In particular, the grants allow these local organisations to purchase a variety of equipment to make their work easier, safer and more enjoyable. Volunteer groups can apply for up to $3000 for specific items for their organisations.
Typical items purchased through the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants include ride-on mowers, shade structures, computers, and office equipment.
Notice of future VSEG rounds will be available on www.facsia.gov.au and advertised in metropolitan, rural and regional newspapers.
Juvenile diabetes vaccine trial
A Melbourne-based clinical trial is underway to test whether children at risk of contracting juvenile diabetes can successfully be vaccinated against the disease by using an insulin nasal spray device.
Three hundred children and young adults assessed as being at high risk of developing Type 1 diabetes will be part of the Intranasal Insulin Clinical Trial. Trial participants will be aged between four and 30, and be identified through the screening of more than 13,000 people who have a blood relative suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
Participants in the trial will self administer the nasal spray every day for one week, and then every week for a year. In addition, they will be required to attend regular hospital visits over a four year period to determine if the onset of diabetes has been delayed or prevented.
Approximately 13,000 people under the age of 25 are living with juvenile diabetes. The Australian Government, through the National Health and Medical Research Council, has committed $5 million to the nasal spray trial.
The Coalition has quadrupled health and medical research funding since coming to office in 1996. Over $30 million was allocated through the National Health and Medical Research Council last year for diabetes related research.
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