By working together, Alliance members are bringing the global knowledge of genomics to benefit the individual care of Victorians. Our rigorous, world-leading translational research has shown how genomics can deliver care that is more effective, less wasteful of resources and more likely to succeed first time.
Genomic medicine is a rapidly evolving field of medical science that allows healthcare professionals to examine an individual’s entire DNA – the genome – and use this information to help seriously unwell patients achieve quicker, more accurate diagnosis and more personalised medical care.
It can change outcomes. It can improve treatment. It can save lives.
In what has become known as the 'Melbourne Genomics model', we focus on bringing global knowledge to individual care through:
- Producing real-world evidence for the optimal use of genomic testing in patient diagnosis and care
- Developing doctors and scientists who are able to apply genomics in their work
- Gathering feedback and learnings from patients, doctors and researchers
- Establishing new, integrated systems to support genomics in practice
- Connecting the dots – between researchers and health professionals, health disciplines and community
The Melbourne Genomics members have led the way nationally as early adopters and drivers of healthcare change – placing Victoria at the forefront of genomics 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 this Demonstration Project informed Melbourne Genomics' current phase of work (2016-2020), in which genomic testing 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: 19 times more people received informative results through genomic testing, and 9 times more of those tested received better targeted care based on 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 has since been adopted nationally throughthe Australian Genomics Health Alliance and in Queensland through the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance. Melbourne Genomics is working in concert - and sharing our knowledge and experience - with genomics alliances across Australia.