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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.

Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance brings together clinical, research and teaching strengths among Victoria’s leading hospitals and research organisations, with a collaborative and whole-of-system approach to overcome the challenges of delivering genomic medicine.

The Alliance’s vision is for Victoria to be a world leader in the use of genomics in healthcare.

Over the next four years, the Victorian Government and the ten members of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance are supporting two rounds of patient sequencing – those disease areas announced today, and five more to commence in 2017. Evaluation of results from this work will help determine which patients and which medical conditions will benefit most from genomic sequencing into the future.

The Alliance members are:
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • CSIRO
  • The Australian Genome Research Facility
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Austin Health
  • Monash Health