Alumni Voices

Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre Co-founder and CEO - Rebecca Johnson [LLB, BA ‘09]

October 28, 2019

Diagnosed in 2001 with type 1 diabetes, a complex autoimmune disease, Bec is passionate about supporting others with type 1 to overcome the challenges of the condition. She is a co-founder and the CEO of the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in Perth, an award-winning Australia-first centre for families impacted by type 1 offering community-based clinical care, innovative education programs, information services and peer and psychosocial support. Opened in 2015, the Family Centre now supports hundreds of people with type 1 to live without limits.

Bec holds qualifications in Law and Arts (UWA), a Masters in Public Health (USyd), and a Diploma of Business (Governance). She is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Community Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. Bec is the only Australian to have been selected as one of the 100 Fellows of the global Facebook Community Leadership Program.

Bec believes that there are no limits on a life with type 1 diabetes, and she has twice swum solo across the 19.7-kilometre Rottnest Channel, sailed across the Atlantic, and become a SCUBA dive guide to prove it.