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Budget boost for genomic medicine will improve care for Victorians

More Victorians will benefit from quicker and more accurate diagnosis and more precise and efficient treatment — thanks to new funding in the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget.

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Finding the cause of severe hearing loss in babies is tripled with genomic testing

More babies and children born with severely impaired hearing could have an answer for the underlying cause of their deafness if they are offered comprehensive DNA sequencing, after an Australian-first study showed the test almost tripled the rate of genetic diagnosis.

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Almost 4,000 patients receive DNA testing, improving care and saving lives

More than 3,800 patients have now received DNA testing for 16 medical conditions through Melbourne Genomics, improving and saving the lives of Victorians.

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Providing better care to more Victorians with genomic sequencing

More than 2,000 patients have been given the chance to find the cause of their genetic illness or to access better treatments or care by receiving a genomic sequencing test through Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance.

Established in 2013, Melbourne Genomics is an Alliance of 10 leading healthcare, academic and medical research organisations working together to create the widespread change needed to deliver genomic medicine within Victoria’s healthcare system.

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Rapid DNA sequencing transforms care for critically unwell children

Rapid genomic sequencing for babies and children with suspected genetic conditions improves health outcomes and saves healthcare dollars – transforming rare disease diagnosis in paediatric and neonatal intensive care.

A nationally-leading Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance study, undertaken by a team of experts from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital, has demonstrated the usefulness of rapid genomic sequencing for intensive care patients with suspected genetic conditions.

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