By working together, Alliance members are bringing the global knowledge of genomics to benefit the individual care of Victorians. We are integrating genomics into healthcare for the benefit of patients now and into the future.
Genomics has enormous potential to improve outcomes for those affected by health conditions.
It can assist disease diagnosis and match patients to treatments, ensuring the most appropriate treatment is given and that complex or painful procedures are only carried out if they are most likely to be helpful.
In what has become known as the Melbourne Genomics model, we focus on bringing global knowledge to individual care through:
- Generating real-world evidence for the optimal use of genomic sequencing in patient diagnosis and care
- Supporting doctors and scientists to apply genomics in their work
- Gathering feedback and learnings from patients, doctors and researchers
- Building new, integrated systems to support genomics in practice
- Aligning existing systems and standards to ensure the highest quality
- Connecting the dots – between researchers and health professionals, health disciplines and community
The Alliance is putting genomics to work: establishing systems to support genomics in practice and producing evidence to guide genomic medicine in Australia and internationally.
From 2014 to 2015, Melbourne Genomics ran a Demonstration Project to investigate the usefulness of genomics for a specific number of diseases and to test the effectiveness of our model for change.
Results from the Demonstration Project have informed Melbourne Genomics' current phase of work (2016-2020), in which genomic sequencing has been made available to more patients with different medical conditions, in tandem with their usual care. All 11 of these clinical projects are now completed and patients have received their results.
The Alliance has built a strong foundation for Victoria to embrace genomic medicine by:
- Assessing the impact of genomic sequencing for patients in 16 different disease areas
- Building genomic knowledge and experience among healthcare professionals
- Establishing Alliance-wide systems to support genomic sequencing in practice for the benefit of patients, doctors, laboratory scientists and medical researchers.
Melbourne Genomics' comprehensive, patient-centred model for bringing genomics into healthcare is now being implemented nationally through the Australian Genomics Health Alliance and in Queensland through the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance. The Alliance is working in concert - and sharing our knowledge and experience - with genomics alliances across Australia.