Australian Genomics Health Alliance
Integrating genomics into healthcare
Genomic technology is a relatively new and disruptive technology in healthcare. Its successful implementation relies on whole-of-system change. Genomic medicine has the potential to transform how we deliver healthcare. It promises better patient outcomes and a more efficient health system through rapid diagnosis, early intervention, prevention and targeted therapy.
In the next five years, genomic data from an estimated 60 million patients globally is expected to be generated from health care. The volume and complexity of that data – and how it is accessed, shared and applied – are enormous. So too are the associated issues around genomic medicine such as data storage, ethics and privacy, nationally-consistent practices, patient access, economic impact and workforce capability.
The Australian Genomics Health Alliance (Australian Genomics) was launched in 2016 to address many of these challenges and to build the evidence to inform the integration of genomic medicine into mainstream healthcare.
We were established with a National Health and Medical Research Council grant in 2016 and now manage over $55M delivering genomic projects with additional funding from philanthropy and the Genomics Health Futures Mission.
Australian Genomics coordinates, funds and conducts research through a national network of more than 80 partners and collaborators, including hospitals, universities, research institutes and centres, sequencing laboratories and community organisations across all states and territories.
The network comprises more than 400 people who play an important role in driving genomic health implementation and policy internationally.
What does genomics mean to you? In 2019 we asked members of our genomic research and patient advocacy community to share their views on genomics; the Australian Genomics national research network; and the impact genomics will have on future healthcare.