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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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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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New funding brings genomic medicine to Victorian patients

The Victorian Government has provided a significant funding boost that will enable greater access to genomic medicine for Victoria’s hospital patients.

Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, which brings together clinical, research and teaching strengths among Victoria’s leading hospitals and research organisations, received $25 million over the next four years in this year’s State Budget.

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Background information for media

What is Melbourne Genomics?

Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance was formed in 2013 with the goal of integrating the huge potential of genomics into everyday health care.

Founding Alliance members

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

The University of Melbourne

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

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