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National genomics policy – have your say

Australian governments are currently grappling with how to most effectively integrate the rapidly expanding field of genomics into the Australian health system.

03 Feb 2017

Australian governments are currently grappling with how to most effectively integrate the rapidly expanding field of genomics into the Australian health system.

Expanding genomic knowledge has the potential to transform the testing, treatment and prevention of disease. It is already radically changing the way we approach cancer treatment.

Recognising this potential, AHMAC – a council made up of Commonwealth, State and Territory health department chief executive officers – has developed a draft National Health Genomics Policy Framework as a basis for public consultation.

The Framework aims to articulate and guide the potential for genomics to contribute to improved patient care, improved population health and reduced health care costs, particularly in public hospitals.

The initial priorities will be medical and healthcare applications that are informed by, or based on, human genetic/genomic testing, including single gene tests, panel tests and tests based on sequencing exomes or whole genomes. These applications include:

  • testing to diagnose and monitor disease;
  • treating diseases, through understanding genetic variation linked to differential responses; and
  • preventing disease, including through carrier testing and building predictive models based on genomic information as a tool for primary disease prevention.

The Framework is intended to guide decision and policy makers at national, state and health service levels, but a broad range of stakeholders, including medical practitioners, is being invited to provide their views.

If you are interested in contributing, you can complete an online survey and/or lodge a submission by 8 March 2017, or register to attend one of the consultation forums being held around Australia in February and March.

Detailed information, including the draft Framework, is available at the Commonwealth Department of Health’s national health genomics consultation webpage. [https://consultations.health.gov.au/genomics/national-health-genomics-po...

 


Published: 03 Feb 2017