Horizon Scanning Series
The Future of Precision Medicine in Australia
Recent technological advances have enabled assembly of a wide range of data about an individual’s genetic and biochemical makeup, as formed by their genes, environment and lifestyle.
While medicine has always had personal and predictive aspects, precision medicine allows health and disease to be viewed at an increasingly fine-grained resolution, attuned to the complexities of both the biology of each individual, and the variation among the population.
ACOLA’s precision medicine project explores the current trends in precision medicine technologies and explores the role that a broader implementation of precision medicine capabilities may play in the Australian context.
The project was supported by The Department of Health.
The essence of this report is optimisation: the optimisation of public policy for individual care. It provides the intellectual framework for a healthcare revolution that will shape the lives and choices of all Australians
Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist
Launch of the Precision Medicine Report
The Future of Precision Medicine in Australia report was launched by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP at Eureka 89 in Melbourne on 31 January 2018.
Glenn Withers gave a welcome address, Alan Finkel spoke of the Horizon Scanning Series and introduced the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to launch the report. Following, Bob Williamson and Kathryn North discussed the clinical value of precision medicine before holding a Q&A with her paediatric patient, Louis Clarke and his parents.
The launch attracted seventy-five attendees, mostly from government and the Victorian medical research institutes.
Media coverage included some 51 published news items; coverage on Fox news; a radio interview with Bob Williamson conducted for ABC AM Radio; and a multi-article promotion on precision medicine with the conversation, including pieces by John Mattick, Stephen Duckett, Catriona MacLean and Merlin Crosley.
The report (and extract) are available in the downloads section on this page.
Expert Working Group
ACOLA, for its established ability to deliver interdisciplinary evidence-based research that draws on specialist expertise from Australia’s Learned Academies, convenes the Precision Medicine Expert Working Group (EWG) to guide the development of a targeted study that draws input from several disciplines to create a well-considered, balanced and peer-reviewed report.
The role of the EWG is to provide strategic oversight and provide expert input, analysis and provocative thinking
This report has been reviewed by an independent panel of experts. Members of this review panel were not asked to endorse the Report’s conclusions and findings. The Review Panel members acted in a personal, not organisational, capacity and were asked to declare any conflicts of interest.
ACOLA gratefully acknowledges their contribution.
|Professor Susan Dodds||Professor Nick Martin|
|Professor James McCluskey|
|Dr Angus Henderson||Dr Lauren Palmer|
Project Funding and Support
ACOLA gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Australian Government through the Commonwealth Science Council; Australian Research Council and the Office of the Chief Scientist. This research was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.
Acknowledgement of Country
ACOLA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.