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100 children and families finally get answers through genomics

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance are celebrating the milestone of 100 Australian families who now have a diagnosis for their child’s previously undiagnosed genetic disorder – thanks to genomic sequencing.

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Results demonstrate the success of genomic medicine

Patients get quicker, more accurate diagnosis and more personalised care when genomic sequencing is delivered within healthcare, our Australian-first study shows.

Victorian Health Minister, The Hon Jill Hennessy, today announced key findings from the Demonstration Project of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, which during 2014-2015 provided genomic sequencing to selected Victorian hospital patients and evaluated its usefulness for medical practice.

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Victoria opens the door to the genomic medicine era

The huge potential of genomics in medicine is on the way to being realised sooner in Victoria, with the announcement today that genomic sequencing will be provided to patients in a number of specific disease areas over the next two years.

Victorian Health Minister, The Hon Jill Hennessy, today announced the disease areas for which the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance will provide genomic sequencing to selected patients and evaluate its usefulness for medical practice. The announcement was made at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, one of 10 Alliance members.

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Background about the disease areas

Teams of doctors, genetic counsellors, health service researchers and scientists will work together over the next two years to offer genomic sequencing to patients with particular medical conditions and evaluate its impact.

Patients fitting specific criteria will be invited by their doctors to have genomic sequencing at the same time as the usual approaches to diagnosis and care. The outcomes of each approach are then compared, to understand how genomic sequencing can be most usefully applied by doctors for the benefit of patients.

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Background about Melbourne Genomics and its work

Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance will provide around 2,000 genomic sequencing tests to Victorians  over the next four years. And many more Victorians will benefit in the long term from the Alliance’s work in integrating genomics into everyday healthcare.

Genomic medicine holds huge promise for human health, but, across the world, experience shows that there are also many challenges to implementing genomics into everyday healthcare for the benefit of patients.

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